Recipe: MATCHA Pistachio Balls

Try making this DELICIOUS dessert at home!

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3 DIY Hair Masks: Rejuvenate Your Hair From Home

We curl it, we dry it, we straighten it, it’s no wonder that our hair needs a little extra TLC every now and again. A good hair mask can get pretty pricey, so why not take advantage of the ingredients that you already have in your pantry and fridge? A great DIY hair mask can be easily and effortlessly created using ingredients right from your own kitchen.

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Natural Sugar vs Artificial Sweeteners

If you’re trying to cut down on the amount of sugar you eat, A good place to start is by looking for the words “sugar-free” on labels when you do your shopping. But, do you know what those words really mean? And, are you sure that skipping sugar is the right thing for your diet? We suggest you keep reading.

First of all, just because the label reads “sugar-free,” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the healthiest choice. Most likely, the sugars have been replaced with artificial sweeteners that come along with their own set of concerns. These sweeteners come in all different, funny-sounding names. Perhaps you know that saccharin and sucralose are sweeteners, but did you know acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and advantame are artificial sugars as well

Products with these sugar-substitutes may be intensely sweet and leave a strong aftertaste. That is because they are many times stronger than natural sweeteners and sugars.

There are a few benefits of artificial sweeteners.

You use less
Since the additives are many times stronger than natural sugar, you don’t need to use as much to get the desired sweetness.

Weight control
Artificial sugars add almost zero calories to your diet. Compare that with table sugar which has 4 calories per teaspoon and you’ll easily see why people opt for the man-made stuff

Table sugar has been known to raise blood pressure. So people who live with diabetes have found artificial sweeteners to be a welcome alternative. Be sure to check with a doctor or dietitian before making any health or dietary substitutions.

Concerns with artificial sweeteners
There is a widespread concern that artificial sugars can cause health problems. That fear most likely comes from a study done in the 1970s that linked saccharin to bladder cancer in lab rats. Since then, there has been no conclusive evidence that saccharin or any other artificial sweetener causes cancer or any other serious medical issues.

The Food and Drug Administration published an accepted daily intake chart for artificial sweeteners. These numbers represent the maximum amount considered to be safe each day over the course of a lifetime. They are about 100 times smaller than the amount that smallest amount that has been shown to cause health concerns.

How to properly steep tea

These days, there is no wrong time to have tea. With flavors and styles as varied as the people who drink it, there is always the perfect tea for the perfect setting. But, what isn’t always perfect is the preparation of the tea. So, Skinny Bunny Tea is here to help you understand how to steep tea the right way.

Step 1: Understand the type of tea you are drinking.

You have to steep tea according to its type, and the first step is to know what kind of tea you are about to make. The most popular varieties are: green tea, oolong tea, black tea, red teaherbal tea and blooming tea. There is also rooibos tea and mate tea, but those aren’t ACTUALLY teas.

The water temperature, steeping time and amount of tea per serving varies between every one of those styles of tea and proper preparation can be the difference between your tea cup hitting the spot and being unfulfilling.

Step 2: Follow the rules!

These simple tips will help improve the quality of every cup of tea you make.

  • When boiling water, always start with cold water. NEVER re-boil water that has already been prepared.
  • Put the tea in the cup FIRST, and pour the hot water onto the tea leaves or tea bag. Don’t put tea into a cup of hot water.
  • Cover your cup for the whole time you let it steep
  • Remove tea leaves or tea bag when you’re done steeping. That’s why most tea cups are served on top of a saucer!
  • Do not squeeze the tea bag
  • Drink the tea as soon as you’re done steeping. Letting tea cool effects the flavor.

Step 3: Details are key

This next step is for the tea snobs who prepare their water to the perfect temperature.

Type of tea Teaspoons sugar per cup of water Water temperature (°F) Water temperature (°C) Minutes
Green tea 0.5 205 96 3
Oolong tea 1 165 73 3 to 4
White tea 1 175-185 65-80 7 to 9
Red tea
0.5 205 96 3 to 7
Yellow tea 1 195 90 3
Rooibos tea 1 205 96 3 to 5

Now that you know how to steep the perfect cup of tea, impress your friends, stump the barista or treat yourself to the most amazing cup of tea you’ve ever brewed.