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National Hot Tea Month: Dare to Pair with your Vegetarian Recipes!

Attention vegetarians cooks! Did you know that tea can be paired with food, just like wine can? Or that herbal tea can be used to ease cold symptoms, keep you alert, or help you relax and fall asleep? Of course everyone reacts differently to herbal teas, but in my experience they can do wonders!

January is national hot tea month, so I decided to venture to my local tea shop to stock up on some of my favorites.

Root Tonic is one of my go-to teas. If I’ve had a particularly stressful or agitating day, Root Tonic will ground me, bringing my mood back to neutral. There is no caffeine in it either, so I drink it at any time throughout the day.

Lately I’ve been having a harder time falling asleep at night, so I wanted to find a few new options to try before going to bed. The owner of my tea shop suggested Chaya’s Dream Tea, Jasmine Lemongrass, and Calcium Nerve Tonic.

I haven’t had the chance to try them all yet, but I’m very excited to see if they live up to their names!

Now, in my opinion I think pairing teas with food, especially some healthy vegetarian recipes, is really all about what you enjoy. Of course you can try and match the flavors, but in the end it’s really all about what your palate enjoys. With breakfast, I enjoy a green tea. It’s a refreshing addition to my morning, with a small kick of caffeine. With lunch I often enjoy a more fruity white tea instead of a sugar filled drink that you may typically have. I rarely drink sugary drinks, but I would be lying if I told you I never had a craving for them! Fruity teas satisfy my need for something sweet without the guilt of drinking soda.

Do you have a favorite tea? Have you ever tried to pair a tea with certain recipes?

Rachael

Lightlife Team Member

*These are my personal opinions; please consult your physician before making any changes to your diet.

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2 thoughts on “National Hot Tea Month: Dare to Pair with your Vegetarian Recipes!

  1. Herbals can be very nice, but they are not tea. Only those beverages made with the Camellia sinensis or Camellia assamicus plant can be called true tea. Anything else — herbs, fruits, etc. — is an infusion or a tisane.

    As a general rule, lighter teas — greens, whites, pouchongs — are paired with lighter foods, while black teas would be paired with heavier foods. Smoked teas such as Lapsang Souchong work well with spicy foods. The unique taste of oolongs are best enjoyed on their own. Although, of course, your own personal taste should be your guide when choosing tea.

    Posted by TeaGuide Worldwide Tea Directory | January 24, 2012, 1:16 pm

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