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Pumpkin chai latte recipe

Autumn is finally here! It's no longer a secret, but this season is our favorite. We love it for its beautiful landscapes, its pretty colored leaves, but also the gourmet recipes and the warm days drinking tea! Children love this time of year especially to celebrate Halloween!

In these times of a pandemic, Halloween may be different, take the opportunity to celebrate it at home in a small group and by baking terrifying little cookies!

Today in this article we can suggest a recipe for a delicious snack, with two very easy recipes: Pumpkin chai tea and chocolate-pumpkin muffins

Pumpkin chai tea

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The ingredients

1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup of vegetable or animal milk
1 cup of pumpkin puree
1 bag of black tea or loose black tea (one teaspoon)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. 1 tsp ginger
1 C. maple syrup or honey or agave syrup
A pinch (to taste) of cardamom, cloves and nutmeg
2 tbsp. tablespoon sugar (white, brown sugar)

Preparation

Cut half a small pumpkin and mash it in a blender
Mix and heat the tea and spices in the saucepan over a small fire.
Lower and let stand in your pan for about 6 to 8 minutes
Stir in the milk, mash, maple syrup and sugar
Simmer for a few minutes
Then filter before serving
For gourmets, add whipped cream on the bottom, a real treat for the taste buds.

Chocolate-pumpkin muffins

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Hmm, a pumpkin-chocolate muffin recipe just the name makes our mouth water, don't you? This little recipe is very easy to make, a good idea for a family activity.

The ingredients

3 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar 60 mL
¼ cup canola oil
1 C. tablespoon of natural vanilla extract
2 cups finely grated pumpkin flesh
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup of cocoa
2 tbsp. baking powder
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup of ground flax seeds

Preparation

In a large bowl, using a fork, combine the eggs, brown sugar, oil and vanilla.
Stir in the pumpkin flesh with a fork. Sprinkle with flour, cocoa and baking powder, then mix again.
Stir in the cereal, chocolate chips and flax seeds.
Divide the dough into the pan and bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Bake in the oven preheated to 350F
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What teas or herbal teas to drink to relieve painful periods?

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Many women experience pain during their period, every time it arrives. There are natural herbal remedies that can relieve these menstrual ailments.

Lemon balm

Lemon balm relieves stomach spasms and also relieves anxiety, stress and anxiety disorders during this time. In addition to physical pain, many women suffer from mental pain such as stress, anxiety, or depression.

How to consume it: you can consume it in the morning, to take as a herbal tea (2 to 4 teaspoons of the leaves infused in 1 cup of hot water for 5 min).

Chamomile

Chamomile has many virtues that are no longer cited, but did you know that it is excellent for soothing ailments during periods? Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties in addition to being soothing!

Take a good amount of chamomile tea in the evening to relax and relieve lower abdominal pain before bed.

Ginger

With its anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and energizing virtues, ginger is the super food that can help you during this period. Take a cup of infused ginger twice a day. You can add lemon juice if you don't really like the taste of ginger.

Achillea Millefeuille

This oddly named plant is not well known yet is known to soothe painful periods. This plant is antispasmodic and relaxing, it soothes the contractions of the muscles of the uterus.

How to use: It can be taken as a tea or oil and externally in a bath by pouring 100 g of the dried plant in 1 liter of water and then pouring into the bath water (approximately 19 liters).

Valerian

Finally, valerian, like the herbs mentioned above, has beneficial effects on menstrual pain. Valerian is calming and sedative, it is also tonic and antispasmodic. Plus, if you consume it in the evening, it helps you sleep better.

How to consume it: In herbal tea at the rate of two cups per day during the rules.

Can my child drink tea?

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Are you wondering if your child is old enough to drink tea? What are the contraindications or on the contrary the benefits? Find out in this article which plants to favor and which to avoid for your children.

Tea (with theine) to avoid

In general, it is not recommended to give tea containing theine / caffeine to your children. Theine is a potent stimulant like caffeine that can have a negative effect on your children, causing over-arousal and sleep disturbances.

Go with herbal tea!

Unlike tea, herbal tea does not contain theine, so you can give it to your children. Moreover, it is not uncommon to give it to your toddlers (under 2 years old) for example to relieve digestive disorders, or sleep disorders, however we recommend that you always ask for it. advice from your pediatrician.

Whenever possible, we recommend choosing organic herbal teas for your children. Then when it comes to tastes, it's up to you to make him test different kinds, children often like fruity, tart and sweet flavors!

Which herbal tea to choose?

There are no specific herbal teas, you can ask your child what flavor they would like to taste. In case you want herbs with health benefits that could help your child, here is a quick guide:

Mint: Mint is known to aid digestion, abdominal gas and a bloated feeling and to relieve muscle spasms
Chamomile: It has calming and softening properties and promotes sleep. It can also be used in case of difficult digestion
Rooibos: Rooibos is an antioxidant and can especially help with skin problems such as eczema
Lemon balm: Lemon balm helps concentration, and is said to have virtues to prevent nightmares
Rosehip: very rich in vitamin C, it is excellent for the immune system and skin health

Easy Tea-Based Granita Recipes

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On hot summer days we are always looking for new refreshing and if possible healthy recipes! We have just that for you: iced tea-based granita recipes. They can be consumed throughout the day without alcohol, or a small cocktail occasionally that can be spiced up with alcohol.

Mint and lemon green tea granita

The first recipe is very much inspired by the famous mojito, so there are two variations to this recipe, the one without alcohol and the one with.

The ingredients

50g of sugars (sugar can be replaced with a substitute such as agave syrup for example)
3 tablespoons of green tea
1 bunch of fresh mint
1 lemon juice (organic if possible)
60cl of filtered water

Preparation

Mix the water and sugar and boil for 6 minutes
Remove from the heat and add the tea and 5 mint leaves
Let it steep for 5 minutes and filter.
Pour this preparation into a plate and place in the freezer for 3 hours. Regularly scrape off the glitter that forms as you go, with a fork.
Once the granita is well frozen, divide the granita among 4 dessert cups and garnish them with the remaining mint leaves.
For the alcoholic version, add 5ml (or less) of white rum per ice cream cup.
Serve and enjoy!

Raspberry and lemon granita

This favorite recipe can be enjoyed endlessly, refreshing and full of vitamins, it is perfect to sip by the pool, moreover it is ideal for young and old thanks to its tangy side.

The ingredients

500g raspberries (fresh or frozen)
300ml of water
a tablespoon of lemon tea or herbal tea (or 1 tea bag of lemon flavored tea)
70g of sugar (or substitute)

Preparation

Blend about 500g raspberries until they are completely pureed. For a smooth and perfect result, you can simply mash the raspberries with a fork.

In a saucepan, melt 70 g of sugar over low heat with the 300 ml of water, and bring to a boil. Once this syrup is ready, pour it into a bowl and refrigerate.

Then mix the raspberry puree with the sugar syrup, add 50 ml of lemon tea infused water and a lemon juice

Pour the preparation into a shallow container, about 2.5 cm high at the most. Cover and place in the freezer, flat, for at least 2 hours to ice the mixture.

After 2 hours in the freezer, using a fork, scrape the crystals from the edge to the inside of the granita which is not yet completely frozen. Put the granita back in the freezer, repeat this operation 1 hour later, then again 1 hour later

Finally, after 4 hours of freezing, all you have to do is serve and taste the granita with a few raspberries for decoration!
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What are the differences between loose tea and tea bags

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There is a big difference between loose tea and tea bags! Find out through this article, what are the differences between loose tea and tea bags and why one is better than the others.

Loose tea or in bags?

There is a big difference between loose tea and tea bags, and it's really easy to see it once you put them side by side to compare them.

Loose tea and tea bags contain rolled dried tea leaves. The more whole tea leaves (the larger pieces) you see, the better the quality of the tea.

Loose tea is usually made from whole tea leaves. After the tea leaves are steeped, they will unroll and you should be able to see the shape of the leaf.

Tea bags contain a mixture of whole and cut tea leaves in a pyramid or rectangular shaped bag.

If you open a tea bag, it will be difficult to tell where the leaves are since they are almost crushed.

Loose tea is better quality

Loose tea is of higher quality and has a more pronounced flavor than tea bags, see why:

It is usually made up of whole tea leaves;
The essential oil of the leaf is the source of the tea's flavor;
Whole tea leaves have the most flavor;
Loose tea brewed in water has the most room to expand and unwind, resulting in the best tasting tea.

The tea bags contain good quality tea

Pyramid shaped tea bags are filled with a mixture of broken and whole tea leaves. When the tea leaves are broken, they lose most of their essential oils, resulting in a less tasty tea. The pyramid shape allows more room for the tea to expand, leaving a tastier tea.

Tea bags are useful for making lattes and other drinks where the tea is mixed with other ingredients like cocktails, smoothies etc ...

The tea bags may contain lower quality

Since tea bags contain tea in such small pieces, the essential oils have mostly disappeared. This will lack a more pronounced flavor than is found in loose tea.

Please note that no premium tea is put into tea bags!

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