Choice Organic Teas Review

Confession… I’m a tea snob and a tea addict. My kitchen has a whole shelf and a full drawer devoted to tea.  I’d take a photo but it’s kind of a mess.  There are bags of loose tea, tea bags, and everything in between.  Whenever I go any place new, I bring a box or two of tea back home.  Spain? Came home with 3 boxes of teabags and 1 loose bag of tea. London? Yea I can’t even remember everything I dragged back, let’s just say that Heathrow security looked at me like I was crazy when they searched my bag at the TSA line.

So when Choice Organic Tea offered to let me try some of their teas I of course couldn’t wait!  I got to try Premium Korean Green Tea, Rooibos Chai, Masala Chai and Decaffeinated Green.

The teas I got to try are all individually bagged and come in a box of 16 teas.  Now I generally prefer loose leaf tea but when I’m in a rush, or at work, I work with the convenience of bagged teas.  I feel guilty, but I need the time save and lack of cleaning.  However, Choice Organic also sells loose tea on their website with a minimum quality of about 3 oz at a great price for great tasting, organic tea!.  Most boxes of bagged tea on their site are 4.99 each and with a small discount if you buy in bulk.

THE TEAS I DRANK

Organic Choice Tea

Premium Korean Green Tea – A more mild version of green tea that I’m used to. The tea comes from Jeju Island, South Korea’s “Island of the Gods.” The leaves are steamed, rolled and dried in the Sencha tradition, for a fresh and savory cup. It was great during the 3PM slump at work when I want something uplifting, but not that lifting that I can’t sleep at night.

Rooibos Chai – If you’re not familiar with rooibos, it’s redbush, basically that red tea.  I don’t see it in the US as much as I saw in London, but it’s delicious   Although I’m not a chai kind of gal, I love the mild spice flavor of this tea that I would drink post dinner. This tea blends rich South African rooibos with the finest masala spices for a cup that’s warming, robust and subtly sweet. It’s also naturally caffeine free!

Masala Chai – This tea features malty Assam tea from India’s Brahmaputra River Valley. They blend rich, robust black tea with masala spice for a very spicy mix.  Personally it was a little too much chai spice for me but I’m probably the only tea snob in the world whose not a big chai fan.

Decaffeinated Green – This one was my favorite so I have a lot to say for how much I loved it.

I love drinking green tea but now that I’m old (and by old I mean a full-time working adult), I find that drinking caffeinated tea at night leaves me restless through what should be a peaceful night of sleep.  Instead for evening time I usually go for an herbal tea as I find other decaffeinated teas (way different from natural caffeine free teas) to be disgusting,  lacking in taste and worse of all a chemically aftertaste.  Even another high quality organic tea brand that I love (whose name I won’t mention because this post is not about them), still has the weird chemical tea taste that comes with the decaffeination process.  Organic Choice Teas are “gently decaffeinated using carbon dioxide, the only certified organic method.”  None the less, whatever their method is, it works and I hope they come up with more decaffeinated flavors!


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Other reasons to love Choice Organic Teas besides taste:

  • They’re organic
  • They purchase green certified renewable energy certificates
  • They are fair trade
  • They use 100% recycled packaging
  • They promote the growth and development of organic tea estates world-wide and offer a Guide to Organic Teas Around the World

Other flavors that look great and I will keep an eye out in stores are Lemon Lavender Mint, Russian CaravanDecaffeinated Earl GreyGreen Moroccan Mint, and if I keep listing I would be listing the whole website!

And if hot tea is not something you need because you’re in a sunny and hot location unlike the bitter winter of Boston, here’s some Ice Tea recipes I found online.

For more information check out their website and be sure to follow Choice Organics on Facebook and Twitter for discounts and news!

What’s your favorite tea? I’m a huge fan of Russian black tea, & earl gray in the morning, mint and now the decaffeinated green tea for night.

Ice or hot tea? I’m in a constant state of cold, so I prefer my tea hot.

Disclaimer – I received the teas to try through my affiliation with Girls Gone Sporty, from Choice Organic Teas. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions as always are my own.

Under Armour Is My Winter Security Blanket

I’ve noticed  I have favorites.  My favorite treadmill at the gym, my favorite brand of peanut butter, my favorite train car to enter on, my favorite shoes and my favorite clothes.  As I go through editing my photos from some December travel I notice I have one article of clothing that’s prevalent in most of my photos.  Funny, cause I remember my suitcase was filled with clothes, completely that I might have needed to borrow some space from my other half for more clothes to pack. I’m an over packer  but what’s prevalent in all my photos is one shirt, my security blanket, my Under Armour.  As I thought back on when I first got it, I realized I don’t just use it for running, I use it for travel and everything in between.

So here’s a story of my winter security blanket.  I brought it a year ago when I first started training for my first marathon in the dead of New England winter.  Snow, rain, cold freezing bone chilling winds and I was still out there on my long run trying to build my endurance, December, January, and worse of all months February.

In December 2011 it came with me to Paris and London.  Yup, that’s me on top of the Eiffel tower protected in my toasty Under Armour.

It enjoyed the beautiful sunset on top of the Eiffel tower in Paris.  It might have even had a glass or two of champagne, of course I had to drink for both of us.

It spent a lot of nights with me in Iceland in December 2012.  I didn’t run once during that trip but yet my loyalty to wearing Under Amour prevailed.  It was one of the few articles of clothes that i have that I can rely on being there to keep me warm no matter how bone chilling the temperatures get and yet comfortable enough that I can hike a glacier or enjoy some fine dining.

It came with me on my first cross country skiing adventure in Maine in February 2012.  These are flash backs and I can go in non-chronological order =)

And finally for running.  It ran with me during my Derry 16 Miler Race, a fabulous weekend of running where I conquered 37 miles in two days.

It’s the essential ingredient in my winter running layers, but more than that, it’s just essential in keeping me warm for everything.

Disclaimer – Under Armour did not pay me or give me anything for this post.  I purchased the top on my own and just love it that much.  In fact, if someone wants to give me an I love Liana gift for that special month or my quarter year birthday, there’s one in a lovely tropic pink color and there’s only 3 available on Amazon =).

Product Review – ProCompression Marathon Compression Socks

I recently ordered theB PRO Compression Baby Blue Argyle Socks. B There was a coupon floating around for $20 dollars off a pair. B So my total cost was $30 (free S&H) which felt like a steal compared to the $50 I paid for my CEP compression socks (review to follow eventually too).

Why compression socks? B Although I don’t usually fall into the runner trends (I don’t even own a Garmin or heart rate monitor and etc.) the potential benefits of the socks have been making me curious. B Plus I’ve always loved thigh-high socks and this baby blue argyle pattern just screamed out to me.

Doctors will often prescribe compression footwear for patients who have poor circulation in their legs and feet. The compression footwear applies squeezing action to the legs and encourages better, faster circulation. B Then someone got the brilliant idea to market this to runners. B Although this hasn’t been confirmed, the theory is that the repetitive movement of the runner’s legs applies outward force to the blood, or pressure towards the ends of the feet. This discourages blood flow back to the heart and lungs, which in turn affects the rate of oxygenated blood carried back to the legs. By squeezing the legs around the ankles and calves, the blood is helped to circulate through the legs and feet more efficiently.

I won’t go further more into what a compression sock is other than when you open up the package they look small and you can’t just jump into them. B You must slowly wiggle your foot in one at a time like your skinny jeans that are two sizes too small.

The Fit & Feel -B They feel really comfortable and soft especially compared to the CEP socks. B The best part is that it feels a lot less medical and more like a casual sock I can lounge around as I recover. B My one gripe is that I think they run too big. B I am 5ft and about 110LBS and therefore ordered the XS. B My legs might be chunky but my shoe size is only 6.5. B If I roll the sock all the way up, it hits past my knee and feels very uncomfortable. B I think compared to the CEP sock, the XS in PRO Compression although is fitting on foot is much too long/tall of a sock for us 5ft tall trolls. B This issue isB manageableB since the material is not completelyB restrictiveB but would have been an issue if the socks were as tight as CEP brands are.
Upon ripping the package open with my clawsB bare hands, I wore them all over town on Boston Marathon weekend and in secret during the week afterwards at work as my legs recovered.

Sorry kids, this family snapshot of me showing my parents my new house and the ‘hood is the only modeling shot I took. B Next review I promise I’ll have more pictures of the product and myself.

Materials & Ease of care-B PRO Compression socks are manufactured using a unique blend of high-performance materials including polypropylene and nylon allowing you sweat it up. B As with all quality athletic wear they should be washed in cold water and air-dried or machine on delicate cycle. B I personally wash all my workout clothes in cold delicate cycle and just allow them to air dry. B This allows me to own things forever until looking at them makes me bored and the voice of materialism and consumption awakens in me. B These socks are also made in the USA which is a rare thing in this economy so support your feet and support American manufacturing.

Overall -B I don’t know just how ‘compressive’ your compression socks need to be in order for you to reap the benefits but I thought these worked for me. B I liked that they felt lighter and more comfortable than my other pair. B With other compression socks, I can only wear them for 2 hours at a time while with the PRO Compression socks I was able to strut all over town without my circulation starting to feel completely cut off.

I also found that the socks helped with some shin pain I felt after the Boston Marathon. B Although I don’t usually have shin/leg issues (aside from knees) because of the level of walking I did instead of running, my legs felt more shin and feet pain than usual. B I found that wearing the socks helped elevate some of the discomfort while my legs recovered. B Thus I wore them in secret under my pants at work.

I am not getting paid to write this review but all tips (cash and candy) are accepted =). B The coupon code I used was RR20 and here’s the linkB PRO Compression