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There is still a chill in the air in the Northwest. We've had some beautiful sunny days, but it is definitely still Winter. And I was reminded of this when I came down with a severe cold. So, when I also received my Influenster J'Adore Vox Box with tea samples, I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least.
It was the perfect time to try out these new flavors from Red Rose Tea. My memories of Red Rose go back to being a child and my Grandmother always having an extra large box of the classic white box with the red rose. To my knowledge, even until recently, I thought this was the only tea they offered, a classic black tea. So it was nice to see some of their new, delicious-sounding flavors.
I received 2 flavors: Lemon Chiffon (decaffeinated) and Caramel (a black tea). I first tried the Lemon as a nice cup to enjoy at night. Normally, I would never choose a lemon tea to buy. The flavors always seem so artificial to me (they probably are!) So, this cup of tea was nice because the lemon flavor was subtle and balanced. I didn't even add honey or cream, it was perfect.
I am a devoted morning coffee drinker; but I also love caramel. So, I was willing to sub the Caramel black tea the next day in lieu of the java. I added my usual half and half. It was quite pleasing and satisfying as my morning fix. The caramel was not overly sweet or overpowering. I don't know if I would make this a permanent part of my morning routine, but it was very good.
Some other highlights of the tea that I like include no artificial flavors or colors and the paper packaging,
So, next time you find yourself in the tea aisle, take a look at some of the new, refreshing flavors that Red Rose has to offer. Think outside the box a little; you will be happy you did.
Friday, March 7, 2014
I LOVE Ranch dressing, but let's face it, it is high in fat and calories. While I indulge sometimes, I do like to have an option that is lower in calories. Trying to find a good option that isn't filled with preservatives and artificial flavors in the dressing aisle is near to impossible. Or, if you do find one, it is almost $5 a bottle.
So, I came up with a SUPER easy, no excuses salad dressing that I like. Best party, 2 ingredients. No joke. Boom, you're done.
Creamy Dijon Salad Dressing
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I go organic and love Stonyfield Farms)
1/2-2 tbl. dijon mustard (you can get the smooth version of the stone ground/seedy version)
1.5 tsp stevia crystals (optional: add if you like a touch of sweetness!)
Calories per tablespoon: 10 calories!
Blend well all ingredients. Start with 1/2 tbl of the mustard and blend; test taste. Gradually add more, depending on your preference. It can get spicy fast, so do it gradually! Perfect as a salad dressing or dip for veggies.