Try these vegan and gluten-free teas from Oteas

October 28, 2021 by  
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Whether enjoying earl grey for tea time or serving chai during book club , the vast array of teas in the world is intriguing and ever changing. For those who enjoy a regular or even infrequent spot of tea should also pay attention to the quality of the product and the sustainability of the packaging. Oteas has you covered on both accounts.  Oteas is a Canadian brand, presumably a name stemming from the fact that it offers a wide variety of “O”rganic “Teas” (Oteas). They offer certified vegan, GMO-free and gluten-free assortments. Each blend is made from whole leaves rather than crushed. In addition to a focus on providing a high-quality beverage, it’s mission since its start is to remain committed to sustainable actions, saying, “We recognize the effects of our current climate crisis and knew as a small business we needed to be the change.” Related: XpreSole Panto waterproof boots are made from coffee grounds Oteas are also hand-blended with sustainably-sourced, plant-based ingredients. They offer a wide breadth of flavors, including black tea and apricot, black tea and white chocolate, cinnamon punch and honey and white nougat. There are rarely seen blends like rhubarb and passionfruit and orange. Then there are the common green, black, matcha, mint and chai teas. Even the standby flavors come with a bit of a unique twist such as the standard Moroccan mint. Similarly, there are six combinations that include Rooibos. According to the company, they are “responsibly sourcing ingredients from popular growing areas, including Darjeeling, Assam, South India, Nepal, Ceylon, Japan, Kenya and Java/Sumatra.” Teas are available in loose leaf form or can come in bags. The company is committed to 100% plant-based packaging and provides 100% plastic-free, biodegradable, zero-waste quality tea. To achieve this goal, they use bio-based plastic inside the cardboard box that houses the tea, so it is plastic-free. These bags, along with the tea bags and tags, are certified biodegradable and household compostable.  To further show its commitment to the environment ,  Oteas partners with 1 Percent for the Planet with 1% of sales going towards non-profit groups and organizations working together to better the environment. Oteas earned Clean Eating Magazine’s Clean Choice Award for Innovation in Sustainable Beverages. Personal review The company reached out, offering to send samples. As a daily tea drinker, I happily accepted. A few days later, a generous sampling arrived, and I’ve been eagerly sipping my way through the options in the awesome glass travel glass they included. We even had a nighttime tea party with the young adults in the house for some tastings and feedback.  The box arrived and, as promised, packaging was entirely plastic-free . Each of the seven boxes of tea I received was made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mix cardboard, sourcing that ensures sustainable forest harvests. The colorful and artistic box designs are printed with vegetable ink so the boxes can also go into the recycling or the compost bin. The only suggestion I have is to label the flavor on each tag so the user can identify the tea bag once removed from the box. Berry blend, raspberry leaf and strawberries and cream These three options each smell exactly as the name suggests, and they are fragrant ! A steeping time is suggested for each tea. The berry blend and strawberries and cream both steep five to 10 minutes. Of course I started sipping before the 10-minute mark. I couldn’t help myself. I will say the flavors are pleasantly bold, so consider removing the bag by the maximum steep time suggested. The strawberries and cream got a little strong for me after 15 minutes or so, but I balanced it out with a bit more hot water. I’m not sure how they achieved the subtle cream flavor, but it’s there. Both these blends have the primary ingredient of hibiscus, yet they achieve vastly different flavors from there. While the hibiscus is notable, the combination of ingredients like raisins, elderberries, rose hips and apple pieces fill in the taste profile, each with its own contribution. The raspberry leaf has a short three to five minute steep time and, although it also contains hibiscus and rose hips, it has a taste all its own with more of a green contribution from the primary ingredient of raspberry leaves.  Lemongrass, ginger and cinnamon This is my favorite combination of the selections I tasted. However, taste is extremely subjective. My son enjoyed the raspberry leaf and his girlfriend couldn’t get enough of the berry blend . These flavors filter through, offering a taste of each ingredient in the name. It’s balanced with a bit of a citrus overtone and a lingering dab of spice in the mix. Hey dude organic hemp tea This is the most unusual tea I’ve ever had. The name is fun and it’s the only tea I received that has caffeine. Honestly, this one’s not my cup of tea (pun intended). The primary ingredients are bean peels and roasted mate, which gives it a very earthy flavor. The apple pieces, hemp and cinnamon move in a little slower for the finish. When I come back around to this one, I plan to try it with a pinch of honey or agave. Organic digestive liquorice and mint I was apprehensive of a title with liquorice in it. I like liquorice but it can easily be an overwhelming flavor. Not here. This combination does everything right. The mint is the overtone flavor and the liquorice slips in with just enough strength to make you question what it is. The ingredient list is literally peppermint leaves and liquorice root. It doesn’t get any more natural than that.  Organic sleep well Finally, we have the bedtime tea as I call it. My system may be programmed to pass out following a dose of chamomile and mint in my standby bedtime teas, but this blend offers an intriguing variety that goes well beyond the standard chamomile, which it does contain as the final ingredient on the list. Surprisingly, the main ingredient is green rooibos, which, based on prior experience, may have been a turnoff if I had known prior. But the typical flavor I found very earthy. It is mellowed with lemon verbena and a touch of ginger, delightful but subtle orange peel and a dash of fennel, liquorice and peppermint.  I’ve never really considered myself a tea connoisseur, but I do select fair trade and organic blends when making my choices. Oteas raised the bar for me, and I’m already considering what flavors I’m going to explore next.  + Oteas Photography by Dawn Hammon Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by YouBodyCare. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own. 

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These top companies are to blame for climate change

October 28, 2021 by  
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The Guardian published an interesting opinion piece yesterday about who is really responsible for climate change . According to the progressive U.K. newspaper, the average person doesn’t need to feel so guilty about ruining the world. Mostly, it’s the fault of a dozen rich, white American men. Instead of blaming ourselves, working and middle-class people need to band together and hold the supervillains accountable. Not surprisingly, oil execs made the list. The Guardian deems Chevron CEO Mike Wirth a “notorious corporate polluter” and a greenwasher. Under CEO Darren Woods, Exxon is a climate denier and the fourth largest carbon emitter of any investor-owned company around the world. Attorney Ted Boutrous, a partner at Gibson Dunn law firm, got his villain status for defending oil companies. He insists that everybody shares equal blame for climate change and that oil companies are being unfairly singled out. Related: 60% of Americans blame fossil fuel companies for climate change Then there are the money people. Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, oversees a huge fossil fuel investment portfolio valued at about 87 billion dollars. Fink makes climate promises while profiting from deforestation. Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon has provided more than 317 billion in fossil fuel financing just since 2015, the year of the Paris Agreement’s adoption. Chase also dug two billion into heinous tar sand projects between 2016 and 2019, according to The Guardian. A couple of politicians made the list. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell finally admitted humans cause climate change in 2020. But he did plenty of damage to progressive climate strategies before that and continues to do so. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin accepts more money from the fossil fuel industry than any of his fellow Democrats, and Exxon lobbyists have referred to the West Virginian as “their guy.” Others who made the list: CEO of Koch Industries Charles Koch, an early adopter of politicizing climate change; News Corps founder Rupert Murdoch, whose news outlets keep conspiracies flowing into the brains of rightwing nut jobs; Richard Edelman of Edelman PR, which peddles climate denial; Cargill CEO David MacLennan, whose global food company profits off rainforest destruction; and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who profits from just about everything. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pexels

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New online grocery store sells quality goods for just $3

July 17, 2017 by  
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Whether you’re shopping for a facial cleanser, gluten-free brownie mix, or bowls and mugs for your kitchen, everything you seek can be obtained at incredible low prices through Brandless . The new online retailer based out of San Francisco, California is selling nearly 200 generically packaged staples for a mere $3. Products include pantry items, beauty products, office and household supplies and personal care items. Best of all, over 50 percent of the items are organic , with many of the foods being free of preservatives, GMO-free and gluten-free. According to co-founder Tina Sharkey, the goal of Brandless is to “democratize goodness,” and ensure every consumer has access to affordable, basic necessities. “We feel like as a nation, we have become quite polarized, and we see all people as the same,” Sharkey  told NBC News . “We deeply believe people being able to live their values.” Some of the products presently being advertised on the Brandless website include organic applesauce, sea-salt quinoa chips, a six-ounce bag of fair-trade Colombian coffee, virgin coconut oil, and an eight-inch serrated bread knife. Because the store specialized in packaged nonperishables, no produce, bread, frozen goods, dairy or meat is sold. However, that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t receiving great deals. One can expect to pay $9 flat rate in shipping, unless they spend $72, in which case shipping is free. An annual membership costing $36 allows one to receive free shipping if their shopping cart totals $48 or more. As Today reports, Brandless can afford to sell a variety of high-quality products for $3 because none of the items on the shelves are brand names. In fact, all are unique to Brandless, which co-founder Ido Leffler says saves money in retail space, warehousing and distribution by eliminating the “brand tax” that often makes products cost up to 40 percent more. Before any item is sold, both Leffler and Sharkey approve the products, going through multiple rounds of taste tests before settling on what they want. They hope to attract health-conscious consumers and believe that in time, Brandless can rival stores such as Whole Foods , Sprouts and Trader Joes. Related: EarthCraft-certified Organic Life House teaches Atlanta agrihood residents about healthy living The co-founders are aware they need to sell a lot of the products to be successful, so the goal right now is to reach as many customers as possible. “We will absolutely scale our logistics and operations to work to delight everybody as quickly and we can,” said Sharkey. ”We’re just getting started.” + Brandless Via Today , GrubStreet Images via Brandless

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This gluten free sweet potato miso will add some color to your day

December 11, 2016 by  
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These brilliant purple sweet potato noodles are more than just colorful: they’re healthy, delicious, vegan, and gluten free! This veggie-stuffed miso recipe is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Read on for the complete recipe.

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RECIPE: Decadent vegan, gluten-free chocolate lava cake

February 7, 2015 by  
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Searching for the perfect Valentine’s dessert recipe to wow your sweetheart? Our vegan, gluten-free chocolate lava cake is a decadent indulgence that is sure to please. Beet puree adds color (and nutrients) while dark chocolate gives you that cocoa flavor you crave. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chocolate lava cake , gluten desserts , gluten free chocolate cake , gluten free chocolate lava cake , gluten-free recipes , Inhabitots , lava cake recipe , recipes , vegan chocolate lava cake , vegan chocolate lava cake recipe , vegan desserts

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7 Gluten-free Flours and How You Can Use Them

October 5, 2014 by  
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There are many reasons why you may need or want to switch to a gluten-free diet, but like any diet that is a little outside of the mainstream, going gluten free comes at a price: both literally and in terms of the options available to you. The best way to overcome both of these hurdles is to learn to tailor your favorite recipes with gluten-free alternatives. However, gluten-free flours behave in different ways to wheat flour, so getting to know your options and which will work best for what purpose will set you on the road to baking success. Here’s our roundup of seven of the most popular gluten-free flours or flour alternatives, as well as some handy tips on how to use them. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: almond , buckwheat , celiac , coeliac , flour alternatives , gluten free , gluten-free baking , gluten-free recipes , OAT , recipe , rice , sorghum , wheat alternatives

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6 Super Common Food Additives That You Should Avoid

July 26, 2014 by  
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It’s difficult for even the most dedicated person to make all of the daily meals from scratch and that often means relying on store-bought foods for condiments and other must-have kitchen items. But lurking in those kitchen staples are some food additives that can wreak havoc with the human body. Even worse, some of these pesky additives are hard to avoid because they are used in so many foods. Learn where they are hiding and how to avoid them with this handy guide. Read More > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aspartame , avoiding food additives , bad food additives , BHT , big food , caramel coloring , corn , food additives , gluten free , harmful food additives , homemade condiments , homemade foods , tartazine , unhealthy food additives , wheat

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread for the Holidays

December 8, 2013 by  
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The holiday season is not complete without a warm, spicy-sweet plate full of gingerbread cookies . To make sure you satisfy everyone’s wish list, follow this simple recipe to make vegan, gluten-free cookies. Happy baking! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cookies , gingerbread , gluten free , holiday season , recipe , vegan        

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DIY: Scrumptious Vegan And Gluten-Free Pumpkin Doughnut Recipe!

October 20, 2013 by  
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It’s officially Fall, and no matter where you live, everything’s coming up pumpkin . Most of the food and treats you’ll find isn’t really pumpkin at all: it’s stuffed full of sugar, fat, and fake pumpkin flavoring. Why settle for faux pumpkin treats when you can easily make the real thing in your own kitchen? Surprise your friends and family with these delicious pumpkin donuts, drizzled with mouth-watering cinnamon cream icing. They’re full of just the right amount of natural sweet and spicy pumpkin–so delicious, no will even realize that they’re vegan and gluten-free! Try them alongside your morning cup of coffee, or bring them as a dessert to your next Autumn party. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: desserts , donuts , doughnuts , food , gluten free , halloween , pumpkin , recipes , treats , vegan        

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10 Vegan Halloween Treats to Make for a Spooktacular Soiree

October 10, 2013 by  
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