Prevent Winter Weight Gain with Tea

In Colorado, we know how to embrace the colder seasons. Vacationers flock to our state for world-class mountains and snow, families visit ski towns during the holidays, and in our foodie hometown of Boulder, the locals warm up with their favorite seasonal flavors.

Prevent Winter Weight Gain with these 9 Teas

The first snow of the season has fallen in Colorado, and as we wake up to the white-capped mountains in the distance, we begin to dream about the epic skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing awaiting us in the mountains. We know that the colder weather and shorter days will also bring a special charm to the streets as Boulder prepares for the holidays with twinkling lights. However, that same seasonal change brings with it seemingly inevitable winter weight gain.

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Why We Love Loose-Leaf Chai Tea During the Holidays

November is finally here, and the holidays are just around the corner! At Pekoe Sip House, we are preparing for the busy season ahead with a host of delicious and healthy warming beverages to keep energy high, colds at bay, and metabolism churning through the hearty meals ahead.

The colder weather brings with it cozy sweaters, family gatherings, and of course, our favorite fall and winter spices like cinnamon and ginger. It also brings travel-packed schedules, crowded shopping trips, and rich holiday foods. In the face of all of this excitement, a calm moment with a cup of chai tea can prepare your body for the season ahead.

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7 Teas to Combat Sugar Cravings

There are so many reasons to love the colder months in Colorado: the snow-capped mountains, world-class slopes to ski, resort town vacations for wintry R&Reven as temperatures drop, Coloradans and vacationeers alike bundle up to play outside. The new season also brings sweet treats and holiday recipes loaded with sugar to the table. Read on to learn how to curb sugar cravings with a steaming mug of tea this fall and winter.

The excitement starts in October, when the leaves burst with reds and golds. We begin to dream about fall foliage hikes and drives, harvest festivals, hayrides and spooky ghost tours. (And pumpkin everything, of course!) As the seasons change, so do our cravings. And let’s face it, not all of our cravings are healthy ones!

The colder months are filled with savory winter breads, hearty helpings of soup and casserole, and drinks laden with chocolate, caramel, peppermint, and spice. Oh, yes—sugar and spice make everything (taste) nice.

Curb Cravings for Chocolate with Tea

With all of these sugar cravings looming on the horizon, we have an announcement for tea lovers: It IS possible to satisfy a sweet tooth with tea! Rather than overload on sugar and carbohydrates, experiment with substituting the teas listed below for common cold-weather cravings. In addition to being healthy and nourishing, all teas mentioned are naturally dairy-free and gluten-free. Those with dietary restrictions or food allergies, rejoice!

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5 Yoga Practices (And Their Perfect Tea Pairing)

September is National Yoga Month, and for the team at Pekoe Sip House, an ideal time to celebrate the connection between tea and the practice of yoga.

Traditionally, tea is served after class to help the mind and body process the yoga practice and prepare for the transition into a busy day. During this time, we mentally and physically move from an individual experience on the mat to the social experience of sharing tea. One of the most popular types of tea for this purpose is called ‘yogi tea.’ Pekoe House Chai is very similar to yogi tea, incorporating traditional Ayurvedic spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves into an Assam black tea base. To serve as yogi tea is served, sweeten this spirited black tea blend with milk and honey.

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Best Teas for Energy and Health

ENERGY. We all need it. We all seek it.

Before a busy day, a grueling workout, or a late night study session, we look to caffeine for energy. Some days our lives are a blur of activity, and our energy levels a constant game of keep-up!

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Energy is often perceived as something external that we consume, like a double shot of espresso. It’s also perceived as something we need, daily, from external sources. And who can blame us?

We all want the energy to go out and seize the day! To accomplish that hard cycling climb up Flagstaff; to pitch a product to a new client; to push through the toughest moment of a long run; to enjoy family time at North Boulder park.

Yet, in order to get through a grueling workout or a busy day, we often turn to coffee or sugar-laden energy drinks. But those sources of energy are typically short-lived and cause “crashes.” Which makes us reach for more, no matter the time of day.

Our energy levels spike, then drop. It’s an up-and-down cycle that leaves us feeling completely drained at the end of the day.

Pekoe Sip House Caffeinated Teas for Long-Lasting Energy to hike, bike, climb, work, and run!

Do you know there’s an energy source that is more gentle and longer lasting?

This is where tea comes in! Tea provides long-lasting energy and focus, with a myriad of additional health benefits. Tea’s reputation as an energizing and health powerhouse often takes a back seat to coffee because the discussion centers around caffeine content. But we are here to tell you that the conversation is leaving something out!

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Green Tea Boosts Exercise Performance & Fat Burn

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Decaf green tea may help your body burn more fat, according to the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

For four weeks, 14 young men had their exercise performance and fat burning measured by researchers. Half of the men were given a concentrated green tea supplement, while others received a placebo.

At the end of the study, researchers found that the men given the green tea supplement burned fat 25% faster and lost 1.6% more body fat than the placebo group.

Attributed to these results are the catechin polyphenols that naturally occur in green tea. Theses antioxidants have been found to influence metabolic activities and may, over the long run, influence gene expression of fat metabolism enzymes.

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Sip Tip: Incorporate Pekoe’s organic Sunny green tea, Superfoods green tea, or decaf Sencha green tea into your exercise regime for a month to see if it has a correlating impact on your exercise performance and fat loss.

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5 Teas Runners Should Drink for Energy & Health

Something magical happens when you run — first you feel like dying, then you feel reborn. At least, that’s a common phrase shared often on social media. How quickly you’re reborn is, of course, relative.

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Regardless if it’s your first run or your five hundredth (or if you’ve lost count!), these 5 teas runners should drink can help you achieve your best.

Tea is not only refreshing — especially iced tea on a summer’s day or after a long run — tea can also help recharge muscles and benefit performance. Tea can boost energy, too. Which sounds like all the things you need to get past the “feel like dying” stage and into the “reborn” joyful state of running.

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And sip the health benefits with the following five teas.

No matter if you’re a new runner with a first-time half marathon goal or a seasoned runner with more race medals than shoes (is that even possible?), you can benefit from the five following teas we hand-selected to give you the energy and nutrients your pavement-pounding body needs.

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