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Tea with Trees: Pu Erh

This is a lovely ripe pu erh block I bought from Phoenix Teas in Burien WA.

It is delicious.

Pu erh teas are super healthy tea due to the microbial fermentation process and healthy bacterias that forms inside the cake during the fermentation process.   This cake is rich and dark, and when brewed, earthy and a bit malty, yet very smooth to drink.

It’s really a perfect tea to drink outside on a cool fall morning.  The smell of the tea compliments the fragrance of the forest. I can’t wait to take this tea with me on some autumn hikes.


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Tea with Trees: Mao Feng Green Tea

Green teas are a staple drink for me.  I mostly enjoy green teas in the afternoon, since I can basically drink them until before bedtime and still sleep fine.

This delicious Mao Feng Green tea was perfect drink on a lovely sunny autumn afternoon.

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Tea with Trees: Soho

I am not much of a flavored tea fan.

However, I do love SoHo, a flavored black tea from Harney and Sons. This coconut chocolate chinese black tea is not sweet at all.  The chocolate flavor adds a great depth and dryness to the finish.  The black tea base is slightly malty, and very robust.  I also love the pretty pink flowers in the dry leaf.

This morning was, and still is, cool and cloudy.  I sat to listen to the birds with a nice cup of SoHo.


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My Morning Smoothie

I am on my third week of being gluten, corn, and peanut  free.

Amazing so far!

I have really “depuffed” myself.  Since eliminating the gluten and corn, my body is not all inflamed and bloated like before.

I thought that puffiness was normal!

And the results are clear; people comment on how I look like I’ve lost ten pounds.  However the best part is the difference in how I feel, which is more clear-headed, energetic, and strong.

I must say, I was quite the peanut butter addict.  Even though I knew I had a peanut allergy, I would still eat it and then feel flu symptoms after.  I DO miss peanut butter.  But luckily, I love cashew and almond butters!

And bye-bye cornchips. cornmeal. cornbread. corndogs. cornsalsa. polenta. corncakes. You will be sorely missed.

But there are so many healthy wonderful foods …more veggies and fruits and grains and nuts…bring ’em on!

Here is my current morning smoothie recipe.  My smoothies change often, and that is what’s so great about smoothies…you can switch ’em up and add different fruits and veggies.

drink me!

Morning smoothie=lots of energy, fiber, omega-3 love and goodness!

1 banana

1 tbsp chia seed

2 tbsp flax meal

5 strawberries

1 C coconut milk

1 tsp coconut oil

sometimes a handful of spinach


To the forest!

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