I’ve fallen in love.
Given that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, it only seems appropriate, no?
I’ve always been entranced by warm things in a cup. Coffee, tea, cocoa, cider, wine…whatever. No matter the weather, there’s just something about wrapping my hands around a warm, fragrant cup of something delicious that gives me the fuzzies. I love that you can personalize your own cup of warm yumminess, whatever it may be, with flavors and add-ins and foam and cinnamon or any number of other “take it up a notch” add-ins. To me, it’s always been right up there with the ice cream sundae on the fun scale.
When I got pregnant, I sadly gave up the Joe I had gotten so wrapped up in over the years. I used to consume a LOT of caffeine. I get jittery just thinking about it now. And since I’ve been nursing for the past 27 months, and we’re trying for baby #2, caffeine and I won’t be getting back together any time soon. Decaf it is.
And that’s great. Decaf has been good to me. But I’ve found a new love. We met around Christmas, and it’s been a whirlwind affair ever since. It’s Candy Cane Lane tea from Celestial Seasonings, and yes…I would marry it if I could.
“This delectable holiday blend starts with naturally decaffeinated green tea and adds unmistakable seasonal flavors like cool peppermint, creamy vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. Candy canes have been cherished symbols of holiday spirit for centuries, and Candy Cane Lane® is sure to become a festive and healthy tradition at your celebrations!”
—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster
And if it were just about the taste, that would be enough. I mean, how could I not be devoted to something that completely squashes my 3 pm office snack attack with only a few measly calories from the raw honey I add? It’s a veritable weight loss tool! Celestial Seasonings teas also happen to be 100% all-natural. You know I dig that.
But this relationship is even more complex than that.
Tea is good for you. And green tea, even better. According to WHFoods.com, green tea delivers the highest concentration of beneficial phytonutrients (and the least caffeine) of all teas. Particularly rich in health-promoting flavonoids, green tea just might protect against a lot of health conditions, “from simple bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, periodontal disease, and osteoporosis.”
To me, that means if I drink tea, I just might live longer, so I can drink more tea. How’s that for a pretty perfect situation?
And it doesn’t have to end after the holidays! Candy Cane Lane Tea is available year-round at CelestialSeasonings.com. Order some…and let the love take over. 🙂
**The All for Love event starts February 1st, with prizes sponsored in part by Celestial Seasonings!
Don’t miss it!**
What’s your favorite hot thing to put in a cup?