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Top Teas for an Energy Boost! Matcha, Mate, and More!

Posted on March 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Need a little help waking up in the morning? These four teas provide the ultimate energy boost!


Organic Premium Matcha TeaMatcha is our most popular energizing tea. It unique combination of properties creates an energy boost with no jitters and no crash. Think of it like coffee, but instead of an energy drop off, matcha wears off slowly so you don’t feel any crash. Which matcha should you drink? Find out HERE.

If traditional green tea is more your style, try getting your energy boost with OrganicOrganic Live Fit Loose Leaf Tea Live Fit. Live Fit is made with green tea, ashwagandha root, and other herbs which have been shown to increase energy! It has a light citrus and mint flavor, and is specifically designed to give you a physical boost in energy.

Have a sweet tooth? Make a perfect latte with a bonus energy boost using Organic Organic Sweet Matcha EnergySweet Matcha Energy. Sweet Matcha Energy combines the amazing health properties of matcha with guarana powder. Guarana is one of the most highly caffeinated substances on Earth! This energy blend is guaranteed to wake you up.

If you prefer flexibility in your morning cup of tea, Organic Lemon Ginger Mate is the wayOrganic Lemon Ginger Mate to go. This highly caffeinated tea tastes delicious hot or iced. Its refreshing flavors will wake you up and help you start the day!

Can't pick just one? Check out our sample sizes which are available in all of our teas :)

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Cloudy Days Mean Earl Grey

Posted on February 11, 2017 | 0 comments

May your days be citrusy and bright!

There are two attitudes when dealing with poor, winter weather: there is the dwelling on the grey skies, pouring rain, and being swallowed up by bleak emotions, OR there is the opportunity to embrace the cold and dreary skies, and brew up some Earl Grey! Nothing makes me happier than curling up with a blanket, a book, and a cup of Earl Grey, preferably by a crackling fire. And what's even more perfect is our new Kingston Earl Grey which makes these cloudy days a little brighter. The grapefruit in this blend adds a pop of citrusy boldness to your cup, and your life! The flavors make up pure brilliance: the bergamot oil and grapefruit oil blend perfectly in complimentary symbiosis. It's like they were made for each other - and it's fantastic!

One of my personal favorite combinations with a cup of Earl Grey is lavender, ranging anywhere from lavender cupcakes to lavender oil; I just can't get enough of it. So, today I will share with you my secret to a perfect touch of lavender - simple syrup! I just splash some in my tea in the morning and I'm all set. It's subtle, and yet adds just enough flavor to keep things interesting.

 

Prep time : 5 minutes || Cook time : 6 minutes || Total time : 41 minutes

Yields about 475ml of liquid

INGREDIENTS

-1 cup water

-1 cup raw or cane sugar (I use raw, but it can be made either way)

-2 tbsp fresh or dried lavender blossoms

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine water, sugar, and lavender blossoms in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. After it has dissolved, simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, which is about 30 minutes.
  2. Pour syrup into a sterilized glass jar through a mesh strainer to remove blossoms. I used a 500 ml glass mason, as it yields about 475 ml of liquid; let cool to room temperature.
  3. Seal and store in refrigerator. Good for about two weeks.
  4. Enjoy!

And there you have it.

Grapefruit, lavender, bergamot... It all comes together just wonderfully! Try the Kingston Earl Grey and post your favorite picture of it on Instagram, because we love to see teaspirations!

Notes - another magnificent combination (if looking for more than one way to use this syrup, as there are many) is making an almond milk matcha latte using our Ceremonial Matcha with a hint of lavender syrup - it is also a favorite!

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Chai Spice Pear Pie

Posted on January 30, 2017 | 0 comments

The title says it all.

Chai Spice Pear Pie. Does your mouth not water at the sound of it? I stumbled upon this recipe by The Almond Eater while craving an insatiable amount of chai and had to test it out. Maybe it was just an excuse to eat pie, maybe it was just a grand idea; I certainly thought it was! Because there's never enough Masala Chai in this world, I made some adjustments to it to suit my fancy by infusing the almond milk with Masala Chai. And good news: it can be made vegan! In fact, it’s even supposed to be that way, but I love butter too much. Doesn’t mean that you can’t, though!
The wonderful thing about tea is that it can be so versatile! You don’t even need anything fancy to include it in meals--just find a creative way to incorporate it and voila! Instant betterness.

 

Prep time : 45 minutes || Cook time : 55 minutes || Total time : 1 hour 40 minutes

Serves one 9” pie

INGREDIENTS

To start, you will need:

For pie crust-

-1 cup almond milk (¼ will be used for the crust)

-2 tbsp Organic Masala Chai

-3 cups all purpose flour

-1 tsp salt

-1 cup vegan butter at room temperature (which I substituted for regular butter)

-¼ maple syrup

-½ cup ice water

For the filling-

-5 pears, skinned and chopped

-2 tbsp coconut oil

-¼ raw cane sugar

-1 tsp cinnamon

-½ tsp ground ginger

-¼ tsp allspice, cardamom, and cloves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place the cup of milk and 2 tbsp Masala Chai in a microwave safe bowl, and heat it for 90 seconds, or until it is hot but not boiling. Another way to do this is to heat the milk and Chai over the stove over medium-high heat for approximately 2 minutes. Remove from microwave or stove, and cover with lid or a piece of foil for 12-15 minutes, until the milk is a caramel color and very fragrant. Pour the milk through a wire strainer into a cup or bowl. Set aside and cool the milk until it is room temperature. The extra ensures you will have enough milk for the recipe, and a little extra for your own personal use (I used mine for coffee accompanying the pie).
  2. Preheat oven to 400*
  3. Making the crust: combine flour and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Add butter and use your hands to mix it in with the flour. This took me about two minutes to fully break down the butter. You want the mixture to be crumbly.
  5. Add in the syrup and ¼ cup almond milk; stir to combine. Put extra almond milk in a storage container and place in refrigerator - it’s yours to keep!
  6. Lastly, add the water and stir. The dough will be a bit sticky, and that’s okay. Form dough into two separate balls, one a bit larger than the other, and place them in the refrigerator. Designate the biggest dough ball for your pie crust- you can add the leftovers to the smaller ball for decoration later.
  7. While dough is hardening, make the pear filling.
  8. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet and then add the chopped pears. Cook the pears until they are slightly soft, but be careful not to overcook them! I recommend 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  9. While pears are cooking, add the sugar and chai spices to the skillet and stir so that the pears are coated with them; set skillet aside.
  10. Next, it’s time to roll out the dough. Flour a baking mat and place the larger ball of dough on it, being sure to coat the dough with additional flour as well.
  11. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough so that it’s in the general shape of a circle, making sure it’s at least 11” in diameter.
  12. Lightly line your 9” pie pan with coconut oil and then transfer the dough into the pie pan. The dough should hang off the edges a bit - that’s a good thing!
  13. Use your hands to press the dough into the pan, and then trim the edges and scallop them if you wish.
  14. Add the cooked pears to the pie pan and set aside.
  15. Next, it’s time to create the top layer for your pie. Roll out the second ball of dough (you can add the trimmings from the pie crust to the second set of dough now - that’s what I did!) so that it’s in the general shape of a rectangle.
  16. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut dough into thin (approx. 1”) strips, and criss cross the strips over the top of the pear filling, being sure to secure the ends of them so they stay put. I’ve been taught to use the very last bit of dough and roll it out once more into a very thin line (cut into two pieces if necessary) and put it over top of the edges around the circumference of the pie. No crust left behind!
  17. Brush top dough with a bit of melted butter and sprinkle with cane sugar.
  18. Bake pie for approximately 40 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350* and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes, or until crust turns golden brown. I checked and removed mine at about 10-12 minutes.
  19. Remove from oven and wait until pie cools off before cutting a serving (some serious self restraint, which I do not have!).
  20. Enjoy (with or without coconut or cashew-based ice cream)!

 

Notes - The pie will be easier to cut and serve once it’s cooled off or been chilled in the refrigerator. It can be reheated in the oven or microwave.

And so, there it is! I made myself a decaf latte with the extra almond milk, and enjoyed the spicy pie. The infused milk definitely gives the pie a spicy aftertaste, which is wonderful! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!

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Having trouble sleeping? You need this tea!

Posted on January 09, 2017 | 0 comments

Having trouble falling asleep? Nothing is more frustrating than tossing and turning for hours throughout the night. Most sleeping teas rely on all the same ingredients to try and help you fall asleep faster. Full Leaf has created a new blend that ventures from the normal ingredients and introduces powerful ingredients that are proven to aid in sleep. Our newest blend, Organic Sleeping TranquiliTea, is here to give you a great night’s sleep!

The first powerful ingredient is organic rooibos. Rooibos has a naturally sweet taste and is caffeine free. This herb comes from South Africa, and is known for its abundance of antioxidants. Rooibos is unique in that it has been shown to help treat insomnia, making it one of the crucial ingredients in this blend!

The second ingredient in organic valerian root. Valerian root is used to help people with sleep disorders. Studies have shown that valerian root helps people fall asleep faster and sleep better throughout the night. 

Organic Peppermint provides the light, minty taste of this blend, and is known for its variety of health benefits. It is often used to aid in digestive issues. It’s calming effect and soothing aroma are perfect for Sleeping TranquiliTea.

The fourth ingredient is organic chamomile. Chamomile is a popular choice for sleeping teas. Its soothing effects have been shown to help people sleep faster.

The last ingredient is organic lavender. Studies have shown that lavender is good for treating anxiety, restlessness and even insomnia. As a bonus, it smells amazing and is very calming.

If you are having trouble sleeping, give Organic Sleeping TranquiliTea a try! It is available in small sample sizes up to large bulk bags. Don’t lose another night of precious sleep!

Organic Sleeping TranquiliTea

 

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Tea Gift Guide for the 2016 Holidays!

Posted on November 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Here it is! Our ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for tea lovers! We have found a different type of tea for every person on your list: 

First off, the Fitness Buff:

We all have that friend who loves fitness and the gym. The perfect gift for them? Our Healthy You Tea Samplers! Full Leaf’s Healthy You Samplers are specialized in both “For Her” and “For Him” varieties. With specific teas targeted at fitness, cleansing, recovery, nutrition, and overall health this sampler will help any person achieve their wellness goals!

Healthy You - For Her Tea SamplerGift wrappingHealthy You - For Him Tea Sampler

The Coffee Addict:

Got a friend trying to kick coffee to the curb? They will love matcha! With about half the caffeine of a typical cup of coffee, but an even better energy boost and incredible health benefits, matcha is a life changer! For newcomers to matcha, we recommend our Ceremonial Matcha Starter Kit. This kit includes all of the tools to start drinking matcha: a 30 gram tin of Ceremonial Matcha, a bamboo whisk with a ceramic holder, a traditional bamboo scoop, and a beautiful ceramic bowl.

Ceremonial Matcha Starter Kit

The Sweet Tooth:

Every lover of sweets will fall in love with our Fruit Blend Sampler! This collection of teas has sweet and tart flavors that will warm anyone up during the chilly winter. Indulge in the taste of cherry pie with our Sweet Cherry Berry Tea, and enjoy a cozy fruit punch with our Very Berry Bunch Tea. Tropical Escape and Fruitea Tang have bold tropical flavors and are made up of beautiful dried fruit. A perfect sweet and fruity gift! 


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Lastly, The Gift for the Person Who has Everything:

A guaranteed great gift! With eight different tea samples everyone can find a tea they love! Full Leaf's Ultimate Tea Sampler is a combination of our favorite classic loose leaf teas and wellness blends. We have selected our bestsellers for this bold and flavorful sampler. With a wide variety of black, green, and rooibos teas, this sampler is the perfect introduction to what Full Leaf has to offer! A perfect gift for those new to tea and those in love with tea already, this sampler of premium USDA Organic teas will delight with its bold flavors, enticing aromas, and beautiful, quality ingredients.

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Stocking Stuffers!

Our Full Leaf Signature Leaf Infusers make perfect stocking stuffers! Available in five different colors, pick a different one for each member of the family!

Green Leaf InfuserRed Leaf InfuserOrange Leaf InfuserYellow leaf infuserBlue Leaf Infuser

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