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Jan 16, 2015

Let's Have a Cup of Tea!

this shop has been compensated by collective bias, inc. and its advertiser. all opinions are mine alone. #americastea #collectivebias  thanks to bigelow tea and walmart for support of this post and furthering my love affair with tea!



growing up, i fondly remember waking up from a sleepover at my grandparent's house.  i was pretty young when i spent those mornings sitting in my grandmother's kitchen, drinking tea just the way she always did (and still does):  black bigelow tea with some milk and sugar.  those mornings made me a tea drinker, and though i now have a love affair with coffee, tea will always be my one true love.

as an adult, i don't often get to spend those slow mornings at my kitchen table, sipping a warm cup of tea and chatting with a loved one or reading a book or just looking out the window.  my weekday (and sunday...because that's life when you work at a church) mornings are often spent trying to stay in bed as long as possible and then speeding through my routine to get out the door looking the way i want to without having to speed to work.  but on fridays and saturdays, my mornings are my own and i get to do with them what i please.  and sometimes, i get to flash back to my grandmother's kitchen table with a cup of tea.

though black tea does have a fair amount of caffeine in it to give you a kick in the pants in the morning, it doesn't always rival coffee for me.  however, tea also features the compound theanine, which can give you an energy boost without leaving you feeling jittery.  when i heard about bigelow's new american breakfast tea, which has 50% more caffeine in it, i knew i wanted to try it out.  it's got a great flavor and definitely helped me to wake up!  and as an added bonus, any purchase of american breakfast tea helps support our troops, so you feel like a good american buying it!

i picked up a few boxes of bigelow american breakfast tea and american breakfast tea with honey at walmart the other day and it's a perfect addition to my morning routine!  whether i'm on the go and making a cup at work or getting to spend a lazy morning reading a book, this tea is a great way to kick off my day.




here's a great way to enjoy it:

heat 12oz of water in a teapot or electric kettle.  pour over a bigelow american breakfast teabag and steep 3-5 min.  heat up some almond milk in a small saucepan over low-medium heat, whisking as it warms (or, if you have a milk frother, froth some milk!).  once the milk is warm and has a nice foam on it, pour it slowly into the tea as you stir.  if you'd like your tea a little bit sweeter, add a teaspoon of raw cane sugar, coconut palm sugar, or local honey!  enjoy!



for more morning inspiration, follow bigelow on facebook and twitter, and check out this pinterest board inspired by bigelow tea!


tell me: what is a part of your laid-back morning routine? do you have a favorite tea tradition?

22 comments:

  1. This makes me want to drink a big cup of tea! I'm definitely more of a coffee lover, but the idea of sipping on a cup of tea right now sounds awesome :)

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  2. Yum! Coffee is definitely my first love but sometimes I'm just in the mood for hot tea! This one sounds delicious and I LOVE your mug! :)

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  3. Looove my first cup of tea in the morning. It's what wakes me up and gets me ready for the day...and then at night right before bed I drink Chamomile tea. I'm a tea addict! lol

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  4. That is the cutest mug ever!

    Trish
    www.thetrishlist.com

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  5. I love tea, and Bigelow has some amazing flavors! :)

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  6. The Best Yes is on my to read list. I've heard so many good things!

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  7. I'm so much more of a coffee person but I do love teas in the evening when I want something warm but can't handle the caffeine of coffee. I'm crazy in love with my Keurig though and prefer tea pods I can use in there. I'm too impatient to wait for the tea to steep. :(

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  8. I love tea....I have a 4-6 cup a day habit. In the later afternoon I switch over to favored herbal teas. I love the warmth it gives me in winter. I am always looking god new flavors to try!

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  9. I usually only drink tea in the afternoon because I am a coffee addict! I'll definitely have to give this a try :] Also, glad to know I'm not the only almond milk drinker! xo

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  10. I usually drink coffee in the mornings & tea in the afternoons and nights. Haven't tried American Breakfast yet...can't seem to find it at my grocery stores! But I will definitely keep an eye out for it. Bigelow is fantastic!

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  11. it took me a little while to find it, but eventually i did! i think it's pretty new so it might be coming out slowly!

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  12. yay for almond milk! i love it! tea is definitely my go-to afternoon & evening drink, but i enjoy it in the morning from time to time!

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  13. haha i totally hear ya! i never actually wait for it to steep...i start drinking it right away! unless, of course, i'm drinking loose leaf. that's a whole other story! haha

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  14. i will never turn down a good cup of coffee, but sometimes i just need a cup of tea!

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  15. amen! i feel ya! thanks...it's one of my favorite mugs! anthropologie has the best ones!

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  16. i totally hear ya! caffeine doesn't really affect me (i sleep like a rock), so i can drink black tea near bed time..haha

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  17. I have tried this tea and I love it for breakfast and an afternoon pick me up. #client

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  18. Sometimes I drink tea but I never thought about adding milk to it. I purchase original unsweetened almond milk for my house so I think I will try heating it up and adding it to my tea tomorrow! Thanks for the tip!

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  19. Reading it now Stacia and LOVE it!

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