New Year, New Tea Habits

Hot Tea MonthToday’s post was provided by Alan & Marlys Arnold of Adventures with Tea. 

Tune in for an episode of Power Up Living with the Arnolds, talking tea in honor of Hot Tea Month! You’ll really enjoy all the creative ideas they share for incorporating tea into recipes, too. Here’s a link to check it out

By Alan & Marlys Arnold

Tips for National Hot Tea Month

January is Hot Tea Month, and this couple has suggestions for how to celebrate the world’s second most-consumed beverage. Alan and Marlys Arnold believe tea doesn’t have to be boring and are the authors of a tea-based recipe collection called “Cooking with Tea: Basics,” featuring their own brand of Adventures with Tea flavors. So in the spirit of adventure, they offer these tips:

  1. Try a new type of tea. There are many variations beyond traditional black or green tea, including caffeine-free herbal blends (tisanes) or rooibos from South Africa.
  2. Buy loose tea instead of bags. Loose tea creates a bolder, fuller flavor because it doesn’t constrict the leaves like bags do.
  3. Learn how to brew the best tea. It’s not hard, but there are variations in time, temperature, and brewing equipment that can make a big difference in the quality of tea.
  4. Understand how to store tea. Use opaque food-safe containers with a sealed lid to avoid exposure to light, heat, moisture, and air. (No glass containers!)
  5. Experiment with tea in other drinks, such as lattes, cider, or cocoa. Tea can also be used as an ingredient in recipes from desserts to main dishes.
  6. Host a tea tasting with friends. Try several different flavors and compare notes.
  7. Put brewed tea leaves to good use. Sprinkle them on plants or add to a compost pile.


“Most people have heard that drinking tea (particularly green tea) is good for you,” Alan Arnold said. “But they don’t do it because they have memories of less-than-pleasant tea experiences. Once they begin to explore all of the options out there, they can find what works for them,” he said.


About Adventures with Tea:

Alan and Marlys Arnold teach about the history, health benefits, and culinary possibilities of tea at in- home and other private events, with flavors sampled from the Adventures with Tea line. They are the authors of the “Cooking with Tea: Basics” recipe collection and also have recipes and cooking videos on their website at

About the author, Kelly

Kelly Galea is a creative, multi-passionate entrepreneur and luminary blessed with a unique combination of wit, grit, intellect and intuition. She helps you navigate the work-life maze of ever-shifting priorities and transform your life through holistic self-discovery techniques and immersive, fun and magical mini-quests. Working with Kelly will inspire you to unveil, express and celebrate your vital personality and lifestyle preferences to create a more harmonious life.

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