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.

Cinnamon: A healthy Spice in Masala Chai Tea

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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.

Healthy Tea for Yoga Lovers

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10 Boba Tea Drinks to Satisfy Every Craving

For the uninitiated, a Boba Tea (also known as Bubble Tea or Pearl Milk Tea) is a combination of tea and milk with tapioca pearls. To make the pearls, starch of the tapioca plant is mixed with water and kneaded into a dough. Small pieces are then broken off, rolled into balls, and laid out to dry. Just before serving, the dry tapioca pearls are tossed into a pot of boiling water and become the sweet, chewy bubbles we all enjoy munching on. At Pekoe Sip House, we prepare our boba fresh every morning to be added to your favorite cold drink.

As we mentioned in our Boba Tea Blog Feature, this exotic tea drink was invented in Taiwan during the 1980s. We have been making Boba Tea at Pekoe’s three Boulder locations since our doors first opened in 2003.

SIP TIP: All Boulder cafe loose-leaf teas can be enjoyed hot, cold, as a latte, or with boba pearls.

Pekoe Sip House Boulder Boba Tea Drinks

Those who have fallen in love with Boba Tea will attest, when you have a craving for Boba nothing else will do! We have a variety of Boba Tea options that should speak directly to those cravings.

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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!

Pekoe Sip House Blog: Best Tea for Energy and Health

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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4 Ways Iced Tea Makes Summer Awesome

June is National Iced Tea Month, or in other words, the most refreshing month of the year. Celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and longer days with a pitcher of iced tea!

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The temperatures are rising, school’s out for the summer, and everyone’s ready for one of the best seasons of the year for outdoor fun and travel. Since 85% of tea consumed in America is iced, we are sharing our favorite ways to cool down with tea – wherever you go!

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6 Reasons to Bring Pekoe Tea on Vacation

John Denver left on a jet plane, and Wham begged to be woken up before the go-go. Whatever’s playing on your roadtrippin’ travel playlist, one things for certain: music and kickin’ back go together like PB & J. But did you know that vacation’s best friend is tea?

It’s true. From beach lounging to campfire story-swapping, you can bring Pekoe’s travel-easy green tea and black tea along with you to enjoy tea’s energizing benefits — the all-natural kind that help you make the most of your unplugged away-time.

Save us some s’mores, okay?

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1. Body boarding requires energy. — When you’re barefoot on the beach rushing into the waves to catch the kahuna, you’re going to need the kind of nourishing and clarifying energy green tea brings, so that you can boost that must-have eye-hand coordination, bro. After all, 90% of off-board nose-dives happen because energy counted hang ten.*

*We made that statistic up, by the way.

2. Be Colorado dreamin’ in campers paradise. — Pass the marshmallows, and look at those stars overhead. Wow. So, this is Colorado with its wide open sky, all-natural high, sugar-sweet rushin’ stream lullaby. Nothing pairs more perfectly with the greatest of great outdoors than Mountain Gold Roobios tea.

3. Hammocks are giant full-body pillows. — Imagine the perfect barefoot-required swing set, looped and tied between two palm trees. The ocean’s gentle call lulls you into a deep snooze. It’s like you’re floating on clouds. When you finally stir awake from your perfect nap, you’re going to need the perfect mango-flavored tea to sip to not only bring you back to full consciousness but to respect the oasis of your vacation OM.

4. Not required: foraging for your own berries. — Campfire breakfasts are too time-consuming done the primal way.After you awake from your starry-lit slumber and the dew is tickling your feet, reach for the only and only fast-brewed energy-boosting Pekoe Breakfast black tea to help you usher in, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, the first day you take your toddler son fly fishing. The fish won’t wait, after all. Better skedaddle.

5. Cabins accessories can be scary. — Web-weaving spiders the size of your palm got nothing on a remote cabin’s kitchenette accessories. Make sure you pack your favorite Pekoe tea, loose leaf bags and tea accessories to brew the best tea you’ll ever have surrounded by crawly wildlife.

6. Mandatory trips to see the mother-in-law need extra zen. — Stay calm and collected thanks to our calming Evening Solace tea — made with nerve-soothing chamomile — that helps you face the annual trip to your mother-in-laws with grace and, well, less dread. Make sure you also pack your mug that says “I <Heart> My MIL.”

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Featured Tea: Chai Tea

With aromatic cinnamon and health-boosting ginger, it’s no wonder Chai Tea has won over our tea-sipping hearts. At Pekoe, we brew our chai fresh all day long and sweeten it to taste. But not all chai is created equal, and that’s what makes this variety of tea so wonderful: you get to pick the chai that fits your style.

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At Pekoe Sip House, we brew all four different types of chai tea at our three locations in Boulder.

What’s your Chai Style?

  • House Chai {wholesome energy} – You’re a smooth operator, a believer in traditions, a celebrator of holidays, especially those that serve pumpkin pie. (Another slice, please!) Feel the vibes: House Chai offers an uplifting blend of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves with ginger, suited for anyone in hot pursuit of a life well lived.
  • Spicy Green Chai {nourishing energy} – You’re boldly modern, walking to the beat of your own drum, unapologetically you, a vibrant go-getter. You love the intersection of wow-worthy history with made-in-the-now future. Feel the flair: This tea suits you, having blended Green tea from China with the well-known flavors of chai: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom.
  • Rooibos Chai {wholesome nourishment} – You’re understated and, at times, mysterious. But when people get to know you, they like you. Almost instantly. Because you’re good people. Feel the calm: Rooibos Chai offers a caffeine-free, full-bodied experience to anyone who takes the time to get to know this replenishing chai tea.
  • Mate Chai {energized vitality} – You go after what you want, you aren’t afraid to express yourself. You face each new day with gusto and prefer your tea do the same. Feel the buzz: Your cup of mate chai offers an invigorating pick-you-up without compromising the melding flavors of mate green tea, cinnamon, cloves, and lemongrass.

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