8 Reasons that Cinnamon is So Insanely Good for You

8 Reasons that Cinnamon is So Insanely Good for You

From everything from heart and brain health to digestion and virus protection, lets chat about 8 of the many reasons that true Ceylon cinnamon is so insanely good for you! 

    How To Make Hibiscus Blackberry Iced Sweet Tea

    Thirsty for a glorious, refreshing, nectar of happiness!?!?  If so, then you came to the right place!! 

    To make this delicious iced treat, you will follow these 2 easy parts that you can easily make in advance or right when you are wanting a sip of sunshine. The first part is a Berry Simple Syrup, and then you will make a pitcher of Hibiscus Iced Tea! Both are super simple and when combined will result in a cup that fully embodies the taste and happiness of summertime!! 

    Let's jump right in!!

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    PART 1: BERRY SIMPLE SYRUP

    What you will need:

    1. Stainless steel saucepan
    2. 1 cup of water
    3. 1 cup of organic cane sugar - this amount will give you a light sweetness, feel free to adjust the amount of sugar based upon the sweetness preference of you and your family! 
    4. 1.5 cups of fresh or frozen berries - I like fresh blackberries the best!!! But you can change it up to add some excitement to your life and use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or a combination of all of these!!
    5. Handheld strainer to strain out the berries when they are done simmering

    Steps to make the Berry Simple Syrup:

    1. Place all of your ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. DO NOT let this boil over! If it gets going and you walk away, it could boil your sticky syrup all over your stove top... I know, because I've done it! Its not fun to clean up! 
    2. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring and pressing occasionally
    3. Strain and press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and into your iced pitcher. If you are making this ahead of time, you can also put this syrup into a separate container for later use. I like to make this ahead of time and keep in a mason jar in my refrigerator so I have it to perk up all sorts of beverage treats! Its even super fun to pour a bit into some sparkling water to add some pazaz!! Another tips is to keep the pressed out berries (that are still in your strainer) to use later on toast or pancakes! Kids LOVE it!!

    PART 2: HIBISCUS ICED TEA

    What you will need:

    1. 2 Tablespoons of Cozy Leaf Hibiscus Twist loose leaf tea
    2. Tea strainer, tea ball, tea filter, or just a plain ol' fine mesh strainer
    3. Half gallon container to brew your tea
    4. Boiling water
    5. Room temp water

    Steps to make the Hibiscus Iced Tea:

    1. Heat your water (approximately 3 cups) to boiling
    2. Place tea leaves in your half gallon container.
    3. Pour your hot water over the tea leaves and fill the container 1/3 of the way.
    4. Cover and steep for 5 minutes
    5. Fill the remaining 2/3 of the container with room temp water
    6. Cover and steep 15 minutes
    7. Strain the tea by removing the infuser or pouring the tea through a fine mesh strainer!

    PART 3: COMBINE PART 1 and 2!!!

    What you will need:

    1. Berry Simple Syrup (from above)
    2. Hibiscus Iced Tea (from above)
    3. Ice
    4. Your favorite 1 gallon iced tea pitcher

    Steps to make the the Hibiscus Blackberry Iced Sweet Tea:

    1. Combine the Berry Simple Syrup and Hibiscus Iced Tea into your pitcher
    2. Stir
    3. If you are serving immediately, top off your pitcher with ice
    4. If you are serving this later, place your covered pitcher into the refrigerator and top off with iced right before serving. 

    This is such an amazing and delicious treat!! It is also a fantastic alternative to sugar heavy beverages!! The beauty of making your own simple syrup is not only so you know what is in your drink, but also that you can control how much sugar! I recommend starting off with the sugar ratios listed above and over time just do a smidge less sugar each time! Before you know it you will be making a great impact on reducing your families sugar intake by not only making your own drink and satisfying the craving for a sweet treat, but also by slowly changing your level of sweetness that you desire in a drink! 

    This is a fantastic addition to summertime and a wonderful surprise to have ready in your fridge for that unexpected guest who stops by! 

    A few other posts to check out to keep you hydrated and refreshed:

     

    Thank you for taking the time to expand your tea knowledge and taking steps to a healthy life with loose leaf tea!
    Abby (founder & owner)

     

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    What is The Immune System and What Does It Do?

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    How to Make Ice Cream with Sleep Ease Herbal Tea

    How to Make Ice Cream with Sleep Ease Herbal Tea

    The Cozy Leaf Sleep Ease blend is rich in herbs that contain powerful nervine properties! Meaning they are very calming and soothing to the nervous system! So it's not just your sleepy time tea, it is also a great blend to help calm and bring balance to the central nervous system. And what better way to enjoy those herbs than by churning them into delicious ice cream!?!  That's what I thought,  so I created a simple recipe to enjoy your Sleep Ease tea in ICE CREAM!!

    10 Reasons Chamomile Tea is good for your health

    10 Reasons Chamomile Tea is good for your health

    Sit down with a cup of chamomile tea and lets chat about the benefits and uses of chamomile tea!   I think you will be surprised that chamomile tea has many more uses than just a bedtime tea!

    Green Tea Health Benefits To Get You Drinking Healthy!

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    Green tea packs an amazing punch of health benefits with research over the years showing those benefits to including preventing heart disease, fighting cancer cells, lowering cholesterol and risk of stroke,  preventing diabetes, helping with weight loss by boosting the metabolism and burning fat, protecting the brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and the list can go on and on. 

    Find out more here!!

    Bagged Tea VS Loose Leaf Tea

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    Let's take a minute to Break down the differences between loose leaf and bagged tea, and what you are really drinking when you have a cup of tea from a tea bag.

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    The powerhouse duo of Turmeric and Ginger is the perfect way to give your body a hug in a mug! Goldenmilk is basically a combination of Turmeric and Ginger (preferably brewed as a tea) with the addition of milk to make it a smooth and delicious drink that is widely consumed for many health benefits. 

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