October 5th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
You needn’t read tea leaves to see that tea connoisseurs are emerging everywhere. Tea’s rising popularity has inspired specialty tea shops across the country, and tea-making accessories have become a chic new gift category.
“Tea connoisseurs pay attention to the aroma, texture and unique flavors of fine teas,” says Patricia Zenobi, marketing director for Lipton. “Today, choosing and savoring tea is a personal statement.”
Here’s a recipe that will warm you up this fall.
Caramel Truffle Latte
Makes 2 servings
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 caramel-flavored tea bags
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- In a 1-quart saucepan, bring water, milk and cinnamon sticks just to a boil.
- Remove from heat and add tea bags.
- Brew 3 minutes; remove tea bags and cinnamon sticks.
- Stir in sugar and serve immediately.
Hot & Spicy Chocolate Tea
Today’s Book Pick
Tea Here Now: Relax and Rejuvenate with a Tea Lifestyle—Rituals, Remedies, and Meditations
Note: Because you are committed to organic living, OrganicAuthority.com recommends using certified organic foods, when available, in all recipes to maximize flavor and nutrition, while minimizing your risk of exposure to pesticides, chemicals and preservatives.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Lipton
Read More:Caramel Truffle Latte
March 10th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
You stop by your favorite organic coffeehouse, craving a deliciously hot latte or cappuccino. So, what’s the real difference between ordering a regular vs. a nonfat drink?
If you opt for a small size, made with nonfat milk instead of low-fat milk (the standard at many coffee bars), you’re looking at a difference of 20 to 30 calories, says Karen Collins, a registered dietitian in private practice and nutrition adviser to the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, DC. Buy a large latte or cappuccino, and there’s a 40- to 50-calorie difference.
“Fat content changes by about 3 to 5 grams,” she says. “Your choice of portion size actually has far more impact. Without changing the type of milk used, changing from small to large in portion size adds from 70 to 140 calories per serving, and ordering super-large sizes available at some places adds even more.
“The other big factor is whether you turn this coffee beverage into a dessert by adding goodies like mocha, whipped cream or caramel syrup,” Collins continues. “Making it a ‘dessert coffee’ adds 50 to 150 calories to a small, or 130 to 230 calories to a larger, drink. If you splurge on one of these drinks once a week or so, none of these differences is really significant. But if you drink one daily, these details can really add up and affect weight control and overall health.”
Read More:Organic Living: Low-Fat Vs. Nonfat Lattes