A New Year is the perfect time to reflect and make small changes to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is always good to get back in to the routines lost over the festive period, particularly after a few too many indulgences.
Not only is January the perfect time to get fit and eat more healthily, it is also a good excuse to think about your mental health, ensuring that you take time to relax.
I am very hard working and keen to succeed but also like to take the time to relax, unwind and focus on what is really important in life. I enjoy reading motivational books that help me to achieve this balance. Although I mostly read on my commute to and from work, I also enjoy getting into bed in the evening with a hot drink and a good book, it helps me unwind and is good to look at something other than a computer or phone screen for a bit.
As a true English girl, I love a cup of tea. I probably have about 6 cups of English Breakfast tea a day, sometimes more. As much as I love tea, I am conscious that too much caffeine isn’t great for my health so I have been looking for other alternatives (I wish it was acceptable to replace them with hot chocolates). I have never been a huge fan of green tea, but when I saw Twinings’ new range of indulgent green teas (perfect for those of us with a sweet tooth), I thought I would give them a try. They are completely natural, sugar free and less than 4 calories a cup!
Cherry Bakewells are one of my absolute favourite cakes and who can resist salted caramel, so I thought I would try these first.
The salted caramel flavour smells delicious and has a more delicate flavour, which I was grateful for as I was worried it was going to be too salty and leave a strange aftertaste.
This ridiculously delicious cup is somewhere in heaven where sweet meets salt.
The cherry bakewell has a stronger taste than the salted caramel and is definitely my favourite. The smell is exactly like a cherry bakewell, if I close my eyes as I’m drinking it I can actually imagine eating the cake, which seems like magic considering that it is only 4 calories a cup (200 calories less than Mr Kipling’s treats).
Inspired by the classic English treat, this green tea is uniquely comforting, blissfully sweet and bound to please sweet-toothed tea lovers everywhere.
It is a well known fact that a watched kettle never boils, so while waiting I occupied myself by gazing at my beautiful tea cup and saucer set that I got for my birthday. The cup has a scalloped design, with a gold rim and delicate pink design on the inside. It’s so feminine and classic, and really reminds me of 1950s glamour.
It was soon time to pour…
Twinings advise to leave the water in for no longer than 2 minutes to avoid ruining the subtle flavour of the tea leaves. So within a matter of minutes, I can be relaxing on the settee and having a good natter with my family.
Although I love the cosiness of being indoors (especially with a lit fire and a good book), I am happiest when outdoors in the country air, and even the cold January weather isn’t putting me off.
There is something so nice about wrapping up and sitting in the garden with a nice, hot cup of tea to warm your hands up.
To counteract the lack of colour in the garden, we recently bought this artificial rose plant from the garden centre. I’m not normally a fan of artificial plants or flowers but I think it looks so realistic and is adding some much needed colour to brighten things up.
Life can at times be very hectic and it is all too easy to rush around without taking the time to unwind and de-stress. A good cup of tea can force you to just stop, even if it is just for 10 minutes.
Taking that time to pause and relax the mind is so important for your health and wellbeing. There are so many different ways to do this, whether it is through yoga or meditation, a relaxing bath, practicing mindfulness or colouring in, it is important to find what works for you.
For now I am very happy with my 10 minute me-time, looking out to the garden and fields, breathing in fresh air and drinking my 4 calorie cherry bakewell.
Being healthy is also about balance, so there is always room for a little chocolatey indulgence.
To help with the January penny saving, Twinings currently have a January promotion with a lot of green teas (including the salted caramel and cherry bakewell flavours) reduced to £1 each! Click on this link to see more and make an order.