YOU GUYS, it’s pumpkin season again aka my favorite season. Summer? Pft, too hot & also bugs. Spring? The melting snow becomes black mush & it’s gross. The blooming cherry blossoms hang out for like 2 weeks & then they die. Also, bugs are back with vengeance. My point is that it’s pumpkin season – the most important season because pumpkins????. Look, there are a lot of pressing issues in the world, so I’m going to make it clear that I’m being facetious, but I must emphasize with hyperbole how much I love pumpkin season.
This Tea Time Thursdays will not be with a pumpkin tea because it’s embarrassing that the time before my last TTT was on pumpkin tea, so…here’s my attempt to mix it up. But just so you know, DAVIDsTEA has 4 new pumpkin teas. Yep. Get PUMPED y’all! Okay let’s actually talk about what’s in my picture right now.
This week, I’m featuring this wonderful Brazilian maté blend called Jumpy Monkey, which is a marvelous bridge for chocolate, tea, & coffee lovers alike. I love tea more than coffee, but I still enjoy coffee every once & a while. This tea is one of Josh’s top 3 from David’s & it also makes my top 3 maté list. It combines 3 different coffee beans, roasted maté, white chocolate, almonds, & chicory. It’s great iced, hot, & as a latte. Since it’s a maté & it’s blended with 3 different coffee beans, it’s considered a stimulant with a caffeine level equivalent to a cup of coffee. Jumpy Monkey is the perfect tea for those coffee drinkers in your life who aren’t enamored with tea yet. But trust me, when you introduce this to them, they might change their mind about how diverse tea can really be!
So why did I choose this tea to be featured instead of one of our many summer teas that are no longer available? Well, that’s easy.
Lemony Sardines on Toast with Cambozola, Dill, Greek Yogurt, & Red Onions
I love eating lox on a bagel in the morning with a cup of coffee, but bagels aren’t exactly the healthiest. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a recipe in Clean Slate that was a play on the typical lox bagel, switching out the carb intensive bread with just a slice of rye. It doesn’t stop there though! Rather than using smoked salmon, sardines were used in place & the cream cheese was substituted with Neufchâtel, which is similar in taste, but is made up of less fat. Unfortunately for me, Trader Joe’s discontinued their Neufchâtel, but you can still find it in Whole Foods or other large grocery stores–specifically the ones targeting a health conscience consumer aka not 7-Eleven. I used Cambozola because I’m on a blue cheese kick, but if you’re not a fan of blue cheese, you can use Brie or Camembert.
You shut your ignorant mouth, you. Sardines are one of the world’s healthiest fishes to eat. They’re a great source for Vitamin B12–that energy booster that you need; also found in Red Bull–& omega-3 fats. If you’re unfamiliar with what omega-3 fats do, lemme ‘splain: essential for growth, development, & brain function, consuming an adequate diet with omega-3 fats can lower your LDL cholesterol thus lowering your risk for heart disease, reduces your high blood pressure & risk for osteoporosis. Sardines are also low in mercury because they’re tiny & at the bottom of the fishy food chain. They’re sustainable & affordable. If you love fish & you tend to like salty food, take a risk & try these tiny fish out. I’m not going to lie to you, they’re stinky, so I wouldn’t recommend taking them to work or school, so enjoy these in the morning in your eggs or on toast.
The perfect pairing of tea & a breakfast food: Lemony Sardines on Toast & DavidsTea’s Jumpy Monkey.
What, new stuff, really??
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