Energize with Cold Matcha

Needing a little more energy? Then Matcha is the tea for you! Matcha tea is high in caffeine, however it is released into the bloodstream slowly as the catechins are broken down giving a sustained energy rather than short bursts of energy followed by dropped energy.

How to Make Cold Matcha in your Libre Tea glass

matcha steps

Step 1: 1 tsp on matcha on filter

Step 2: use spoon to move matcha around and sieve through the filter

Step 3: pour liquid – water, juice, milk – then shake up and down and side to side and turn upside down to get all matcha off the bottom and give one last shake

Step 4: drink and enjoy and a healthy perk-up treat mid afternoon or morning

Temperature matters when making matcha. Heat brings out the bitter flavors in matcha. Where cold water will bring out the sweetness and the rich creamy feel unique to matcha.

If you are using water instead of Almond or Coconut Milk the ideal temperature is 65 – 85 degrees Celsius (150 – 180 degrees Fahrenheit).

Domatcha 5How to Make Slow Brewed Iced Matcha

  • 2 tsp Matcha, slightly heaping, into a glass pitcher.
  • Fill with ice.
  • Let sit for several hours.
  • Pour over ice and enjoy.
  • Sweeten if desired

 

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Salad Water Infusions

Salad Water Infusions, as well as, fruit infusions are great ways to stay hydrated throughout the day. We just recently heard about Salad Infusions and thought we’d give it a try in our Libre Infuser. Here we have tomato, spinach, cucumber and celery.

salad water 2Vegetables to add to your Salad Infusions:

  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Beets

 

To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” ~William Londen

Easy to make:

Pick and choose which veggies, fruits and herbs you want to use.

Wash, slice and place in Large Libre or Water Pitcher

Add water to cover and let sit 2-4 hours, add more water until your infusion tastes just right. Enjoy!

For a switch make with coconut water.

Salad water was so popular in Japan that in 2004 Coca-Cola made their own canned version. Pepsi came out with Ice Cucumber in 2007.

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World Water Day is March 22nd!

This year the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.

World Water Day Sale

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Save 20% off Libre Starburst Infusers

Ends March 22nd, 2015

2015 Libre Winners

We love sharing #teamoments! Here is a list of our 2015 Giveaway Winners

Watch as it grows!

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Facebook – Tea Moments January 6th – Elaine Lindsey-Paek

Connect with your inner self, your true desires - Deborah P.

Facebook – Tea Moments January 13th – Jessica Margaret Price

I woke up with that crazy bubbly feeling . . –  Ken

Facebook – Tea Moments January 20th – Judy Lipcsak

Give the Gift of Time on Valentine’s Day – Raine

Facebook – Tea Moments January 27th – Heather Adkins

Love Thyself – Vilma Pacheco

Facebook – Tea Moments February 4th – Peter Tusa

Change your Lid, Change your Life – Claudia Ellis

Facebook – Tea Moments February 10th – Lori Baker

Love is in the Air - Megan C

Facebook – Tea Tuesday February 17th – Sharon Bauer

Cheerful Berry Infusion - amy bavier bartley

Facebook – Tea Tuesday February 24th – Amy L. Norman

Energize with Lemon Water – Suzane

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 3rd – Stacy Scott

Hot Matcha for Health and Warmth – joanna reed

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 10th – Cindy Graf

Enjoy Green Herb Infusions

March is a month of green…with spring flowers popping up, new green leaves decorating the trees and St. Patrick’s Day coming we are finding inspiration in this beautiful & grounding theme. Here we have dandelion with orange and mint with cucumber together for fresh Libre herb infusions.          

The Eclectic Element          original mint with cucumber

 

Adding herbs to your infusions not only adds flavour but health benefits too!

Here are a few green herbs and their benefits for you to try with your next cup of tea:

Mint – high in antioxidants, natural decongestant and aids indigestion

Dandelion – helps to detoxify the liver, decrease joint and muscle pain

Thyme – is a natural anti – fungal and antibiotic, great for respiratory support

Basil – reduces blood glucose levels, lowers cholesterol and reduces asthma symptoms

Oregano – a natural histamine reducer and helps with nasal and respiratory congestion

Nettle – Helps with coughs, asthma, muscle & joint problems, allergies

Rosemary – Helps with headaches and fevers, poor circulation

 

Steeping fresh herbs are always best for taste and health benefits, but dried herbs can be used if fresh are not available.

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What unique herb infusions have you tried?

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Hot Matcha for Health and Warmth

Matcha (Ma = powdered, Cha + tea). is one of the healthiest drinks around and a favourite here in the office. It’s perfect for a tea moment!

When you drink Matcha you are consuming the tea leaves not just the steeped water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea, giving you a more concentrated dose of its health benefits.

matchaTop 3 Health Benefits of Match:

  1. Antioxidants – 1 serving of Matcha has over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food. Specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) – known for its cancer fighting properties
  2. Amino acid L-Theanine –helps to calm the nerves and increases memory and concentration
  3. Strengthens the immune system – as it contains high concentrations of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.

 

Why is Matcha different from most teas?

matcha 2Approximately 3 weeks before harvesting the tea leaves are covered. This helps the new shoots to bigger and thinner enriching the flavor and texture. Then the tea is harvested by hand, choosing only the smallest leaves for the best quality. Once harvested the leaves are slightly steamed to stop the fermentation, then dried, packed and allowed to age for approximately 6 months in a cold storage facility. Then the leaves are ground into a fine powder called Matcha.

When making Matcha, do not use boiling water as this will drastically lower the health benefits. The optimal temperature for matcha is roughly 175f / 80c.

An easy quick way get 175F is to boil your filtered water, and pour whatever amount you think you’ll use for the matcha into a small glass cup. Then pour that water into a second cup or Libre tea glass, and the water temp should be just right.

International Women’s Day (8 March) celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. To celebrate we are having an International Women’s Day Sale!

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Hot matcha recipes:
Matcha White Hot Chocolate
Green Tea Latte

 

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Matcha Single Packets

Enjoy that same smooth tasting Ceremonial quality matcha in easy to use, ‘On the Go’, travel friendly packs.

DoMatcha Single Packets are perfect for making a traditional matcha in hot water, or simply empty the packet straight into your water bottle and shake vigorously. Ideal for anyone needing an energy lift, mental clarity and feeling of calmness. (24 – 1.3oz packets per box)

Energize with Lemon Water

We are hearing a lot about lemon water, specifically honey lemon water. The health benefits of starting your day with a glass of warm honey lemon water are numerous.

lemon and tulipsHealth benefits of Lemon:

  • Excellent source of vitamin C
  • Contains citrate, an inhibitor of toxins
  • Stimulates the digestive system, helping to prevent constipation
  • Works as a diuretic, keeping the urinary tract free of infections
  • contains citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
  • helps manage your PH levels, creating healthy alkalinity important for bone and muscle health
  • helps prevent colds and flus

Health benefits of raw honey:

  • has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties
  • boosts energy
  • is a great cold medicine
  • a natural source of carbohydrates
  • eliminates free radicals

 

 Honey Lemon Water Recipe

Combine:

  • Juice from ¼ to ½ of a lemon
  • 1 cup of freshly boiled, slightly cooled water (just warm enough to melt the honey, any hotter will remove the nutritional value)
  • 1 tsp of raw honey (more or less to taste)

Mix gently in your Libre glass and enjoy.

For a bit of a citrus twist try using limes, oranges or grapefruit for an afternoon refreshment.

 

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Cheerful Berry Infusion

With winter’s shorter days and all the rain and/or snow it can be difficult to stay upbeat and cheerful. Some days I’d like to hibernate like a bear. So what do we do to keep our spirits lifted? How about a creative change with inspiring and pretty fruit infused water – berries remind us of spring.

IMG_3389Fruit infused water is easy to make and a low sugar alternative – Just prepare your favourite fruits and herbs, add water and let steep for approximately 2 hours. Give a little shake and enjoy!

Tips for making Berry Infused Water:

  • Steep the berries for 1-2 hours at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-4 hours
  • Fruit infused water should be drunk the same day if not refrigerated. If it is refrigerated it will keep 3-4 days
  • Cold or room temperature water is best. Hot water may destroy the healthy benefits of the fruit infusion.
  • Use filtered water for purest taste
  • Organic Fruits and Vegetables are the best, alternately you can peel the skin off the fruit or wash with a vinegar water solution.

 

Fruit infused water not only looks lovely but is full of nutrients too!

IMG_3359Fruit and Herb Pairing Suggestions:

  • Blueberries (Vitamin K and C, Manganese) and Raspberries (Vitamins C, K, E and Folate)
  • Cranberries (Vitamins C, K, E and Copper) and Mint (Vitamin C, Manganese and Copper)
  • Strawberry (Manganese and vitamin C) and Basil (vitamins A and C)
  • Blackberries (Vitamin C, E and Fiber) and Oranges ( Vitamins C, A and Calcium)
  • Boysenberries (Vitamins K, A and Folate) and Lime (Vitamin C , Calcium and Iron)
  • Strawberries (Vitamin C, B6 and Magnesium) and Jalapenos (Vitamin B6, B2 and B3)

 

Add your favourite tea (green, chamomile, black) to your berry infusion for a delightful refreshing treat.

 

What new fruit infusion would you like to try?

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Love is in the Air

February is the Month of Love, not just Feb. 14th, every day is a perfect day to express our love for those around us.  Giving the gift of ourselves, our time and full attention, is a great way to express our love to one another.

What can we do to express and feel loved? By living in the moment, become aware of all that you have (family, friends, a job, a place to live, etc.) and show gratitude for these gifts. We may not always feel like showing our love for others and at times, we may feel unloved.

I’ve had the lyrics to ‘Love is in the Air’ sung by John Paul Young on replay in my head lately.

Love is in the air, everywhere I look around
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound

Love is in the air, in the whisper of the trees,
Love is in the air, in the thunder of the sea,

Love is in the air, in the rising of the sun,
Love is in the air, when the day is nearly done,

The lyrics fit so well with having gratitude and becoming aware of our surroundings, using all senses to experience the love we share with each other as well as ourselves.

osho quoteMeditation allows our emotional and spiritual selves to connect and work together for personal growth and health. Meditation helps us physically too, by lowering blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, improves immune function and more.

When meditating, we are quieting our surroundings so that we can focus on ourselves. We can see with our minds eye what thoughts and feelings need attention, which can go on the back burner and which we can let go.

 

 

What song awakens your gratitude awareness?
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Change your Lid, Change your Life

We all know when we change our outlook and attitudes we can change our lives.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

To change up your outlook we’ve some great news!! Libre lids are interchangeable and now they can be purchased separately.

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If you have a Classic Large you can colour it up with Turquoise of our Starburst or Green of our Lively Leaves – or perhaps basic Back is your pick for a sleek wintertime look.

Or perhaps you love the colours and would enjoy popping on a different lid colour or style it up with a lovely Classic metal trim lid.

All are now available online and launching with a
$5 sale on all Libre Filter and Lids!.

Filter and Lid Collection

 

Sale ends February 11th, 2015

 

Mix and Match Your Libre lid and filters for a whole new look

With the exchangeable filter and lids you can have a different Libre Tea glass every day. Mix and Match the filter and lids according to your mood for the day and enjoy your tea moments on the go.

Tell us your favourite colour combo for a chance to win
a Libre of your choice!

Love Thyself

As we start February – the month of LOVE – showing  your LOVE for your loved ones is important, and just as important is to show LOVE for yourself too. You need to show yourself kindness, self-care, patience and respect. Once we make a routine to practice self-care daily we feel better about ourselves and often even feel an increasing inner well of LOVE to share with our loved ones.

spirit of teaThere are so many ways to show #lovethyself. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Find a quiet spot sometime during the day (early morning, nap time, tea breaks, end of the day) and have a time out. A time to do nothing but enjoy the moment, sip your tea and just breathe. #grounded
  • After your shower or bath, take a few extra moments and give your tired feet and hands a massage. #pamper #Ilovemyfeet
  • Add a vegetable (celery/carrot/broccoli/cauliflower) or fruit (apple/grapes/kiwi/plums) snack mid-morning and afternoon #veggiepower #nourish
  • Give yourself a selection of healthy teas or a fruit’n herb infusion for the day– a herbal, green or interesting oolong will remind you to stay hydrated throughout the day #hydrate #whatsinmyglass
  • Start a new craft project and schedule a little time each day/week to work on it #mycreativespirit
  • End each day by thinking of all the little positive things that happened throughout your day #gratitude #bedtimeritual

There are many many other ways to express how you Love Thyself!

What do you do to express ‘Love Thyself’?
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We’ll be sharing ours all month long too.

 February – time to fall in LOVE – with yourself, that is!

Join the Sunshine Coast Yoga Festival peeps in a month long #LoveThyself Instagram event to care for & nurture ourselves. Share what you do to show yourself a little love.

Not only will we inspire each other but they have wonderful PRIZES (including tickets to our festival on September 12th) to motivate you to stay true to your commitment.

How about some time to yourself this month – curious about meditation?

Tuja Wellness  is offering their 30 day meditation opportunity and we will offer Libre tea glass prizes too!!!

We LOVE, LOVE and hope you will contribute to more loving in your life

Breathe, a sigh of relief, you’re gonna love February craigmj-heart  !!