The Benefits of Green Tea

Recently I find a lot of people are converting to Green tea over our traditional English Cuppa. This transition is great as Green tea possesses many properties that are beneficial to our health. It is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Over the last decade there has been a lot of research supporting the fact that  regular green tea drinkers have a lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of Cancer.  There is a common misconception that it makes you lose weight immediatly however a Green tea extract containing polyphenols and Caffeine can stimulate fat oxidation, boosting the metabolic rate 4% without increasing the heart rate.

I often drink Echinacea tea which I found out also has wonderful properties 🙂 It builds your immune system making you less likely to catch colds and also reduces your recovery time from a cold by 1.4 days! Most herbal teas have beneficial properties so try to drink them more often.

Some yummy ones are Starbucks Jasmine and Orange Green tea, Nando’s tropical Green Tea, In some tea shops you can find Jade Ring Green Tea where the Silvery White green tea shoots are meticulously hand-rolled into small rings. When infused, the rings open to create a magnificent looking cup of tea.

Another cup of tea that you should try are the flowering teas that are presented like a spiralling garden in a cup. Silver needle tea buds and fresh flowers like jasmine are skillfully sewn together by chinese artisans. When steeped in hot water, each blossom magically unfurls into a stunning floral display and they taste as good as they look:

Enough geeky tea talk,

Zohra x

A Weekend In Cheltenham

This weekend I went back to Cheltenham to see some old Uni friends, I lived there for three years but never really settled because I had trouble adapting to life outside a city…. The first time I went to Cheltenham I fell in love with the place, its so beautiful and there is a lot to do there. This weekend I had soo much fun, I know mostly it was because I was back with my 2 favourite uni girls but Cheltenham is actually a really cool place to spend a weekend.When I arrived the girls met me at the station and Huffingtons Bakery and Tearooms caught my eye, it looked so quaint so we decided to go there for a coffee and catchup…pasties, sandwiches and a GIANT meringue later we were stuffed to the brim..I skipped mains and just had the Meringue OMG it was to die for, I had this amazing chinese jade ringed green tea, apart from Tropical green tea this was the best I’ve ever had:

So we did a little shopping while we were in town, theres 2 shopping malls and the High Street which has every shop you need plus House of Fraser and all the little boutiques and designer shops going up the promenade towards Montpellier.  Montpellier is a really cool place to take a walk, its full of quirkly little cafes, wine bars and restaurants but it just oozes character and history:

We spent the next day pampering ourselves before our big night out and I got PURPLE HAIR:

So we got ready and headed to revolutions (standard) then a club opening of Pulse and then went next door to Subtone which is open  till 6am to relive the old days!!! So we partied till the sun came up, the music was amazing, it had several rooms but the one we stayed in was playing old school R&B so I was in my element.

The next day we went to The Brewery which is a complex where there are restaurants and a Cinema and we ate (mmmm Nando’s) and then watched The Sitter. It had its laugh out loud moments but I felt some of the time it dragged and was a little over the top but it wasn’t terrible neither life changing (watch it if there’s nothing better on).

It was the perfect reunion with my girlies and we hung out at all our favourite places, I would definitely recommend Cheltenham for a weekend break…just don’t move there :p

Zohra x