Tea Time

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March came in like a lion with rain, wind, and in some locations… SNOW. It makes me want to cuddle under a cozy blanket, catch up on some reading, and drink a cup of tea.

My all time favorite tea is Bengal Spice which tastes like Christmas in a cup!  However, I enjoy it year round.  Bengal Spice is naturally sweet and richly warm with my favorite spices.

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Celestial Seasonings

I also enjoy Mandarin Orange Spice tea.  This textured tea is a delicious combination of citrus and spice.  This tea is delicious both cold or warm.

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Celestial Seasonings

When I long for spring, I turn to Country Peach Passion. Although this is delicious warm, I enjoy Country Peach Passion as an iced tea too.  However, to build the flavor when serving cold, I add a few slices of frozen sliced peaches to a pitcher of tea.  That simple fusion of fresh fruit makes this a heavenly, light tea with all the brightness of sunny days… much needed in our current blustery March weather.

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Celestial Seasonings

I hope you give these flavors a try… Enjoy!

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Candy Relief

A neighbor and his son dropped by my home to trick-or-treat.  I offered both a piece of candy, but the father declined.  He explained that he had his fill of sugar this month.  After I said goodbye and closed the door, I realized that I felt the same way.

There is something wonderful about November 1st.  It is an opportunity to return to a healthy diet. I am ready to donate all my left over candy and get back to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Here is a lovely recipe from Tracy Russell at Incredible Smoothies.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit her blog, I highly recommend it.

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Pomegranate-Cranberry Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup fresh pomegranate juice or arils
1/4 cup cranberry juice
2 bananas, peeled
1 and 1/2 cups wild frozen blueberries
1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened, plain)

Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

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Serving size: A large, 32 oz meal replacement smoothie