Tea 101

the basics

TEA 101 | Nutrition Stripped

Tea holds a very special place in my life. I know some of you may be thinking that it’s odd one food or drink can hold so much space in a person’s life, but it’s true. It’s far more than a hot beverage, it’s the ritual, the routine, the present moment-ness and mindfulness cultivated during making tea, and sharing tea with loved ones that makes it so special. When I first met Bennett, he was not a tea drinker…like at all. I used to visit him here in Nashville before I moved here and I’d have to bring my whole tea kit with me to make sure I could indulge in my tea routines while away from home. Nonetheless, he picked up on my habits and started to truly enjoy the whole process of heating the kettle, waiting to hear the whistle, pouring the hot water, and letting it rest before snuggling our hands around the mug and enjoying a cup together. Those moments were so precious to me and still are to this day when we both make tea for each other. It may be that tea is one of my love languages, but I speak through it. When he’s having a rough day or long day from work, I make him a mug of tea; when I have friends over and we’re catching up, I immediately offer tea; when my team comes over to work at my place…you guessed it tea is offered. I’ve also collected so many unique tea mugs over the years, which are very sentimental.

So whether tea already has a special place in your life or you’re just starting to learn more about drinking tea, I hope this post guides you in picking out your favorites. All it takes is your favorite mug, hot water, and the tea. Then, it’s all about enjoying the moment. Cheers! 

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Matcha Tea Latte

recipes

How to Make a Matcha Green Tea Latte | Nutrition Stripped

Whenever I share a picture on Instagram of one of my matcha tea lattes, ya’ll go crazy and want the recipe or a perfect how-to guide on how to make them at home for yourselves. Well, I listened and I’m here to share my favorite Matcha Tea Latte recipe, equipped with my favorite tools to use and a step by step tutorial. It’s also another green way to celebrate St. Patricks Day (hooray!), like my Pesto Green Eggs and Avocado Toast.…or enjoy together for an entire “green” meal. So cheers to the most delicious coconut milk Matcha Tea Latte, high in antioxidants, healthy fats, and completely dairy free!

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The Ultimate Tonic

Ultimate Mushroom Tonic | Nutrition Stripped

The Ultimate Tonic, something that you need to bookmark for future use, trust me it’ll come in handy on days where you’re in need a little boost for your immune system! The word tonic is a bold statement, I know. I call it a tonic because it is! It’s invigorating, somewhat medicinal from the nutrients and compounds found from the mushrooms and other ingredients I use, and hopefully restorative to your health in the sense of when you’re feeling sick, sluggish, or simply want to keep your internal being nourished- a year round tonic for me.

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Turmeric Tea

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How to Make Turmeric Tea | Nutrition Stripped

Today I’m bringing you all a variation of my famous Turmeric Milk, which I call famous for good reason. My Turmeric Milk has taken international storm and I LOVE how much you’ve all been enjoying it for a boost in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits all while tasting delicious. Today, using similar concepts behind Turmeric Milk, is a lighter more refreshing version I call Turmeric Tea. It’s a simple herbal tea made with water, aromatic and warming spices, honey, and of course the star ingredient turmeric. The flavor is slightly sweet, earthy, with a hint of spice and even though I enjoy this year round, I find it even more enjoyable in the cooler months of the year.

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Carrot Apple Blended Juice

Carrot Apple Blended Juice | Nutrition Stripped, carrots, apple, ginger, kitchenI officially welcome fall when the chill in the air sticks and leaves start to turn bright orange, red and brown and fall in the wind; and when apples become my go-to fruit. Normally my body craves, like most of you, warming food  in the fall and winter that comforts from the inside out, but I also like to stick to my roots and consume a lot of raw veggies as much as possible. Carrot Apple Blended Juice is my cheers to fall- a fresh juice highlighting my favorite fall fruit, apples with carrots…and no, not pumpkin (ha!). Actually, I’m probably doing the opposite of everyone else celebrating fall since it doesn’t involve pumpkin and it’s completely raw. Juices and smoothies embody the concept of simple food, what I’m all about. Take this juice for example, there are less than 3 ingredients, yet it tastes amazing and is simple to make.

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