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Indoor Fitness Activities to Try This Winter

Unusual and Exciting Indoor Fitness Classes

It’s that time of year when the weather is just not as hospitable as it used to be, and we spend more and more of our time indoors, just trying to keep warm. Unfortunately, for many of us this also means that it can be harder to stick to a regular fitness routine, and it’s not hard to see why.

The appeal of a treadmill on a frosty winter morning is not nearly as strong as fresh, warm air and plenty of sunshine on your local running trails. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t find some awesome fitness classes that give you a great workout and offer tons of fun at the same time. In fact, we’ve gathered together a fantastic list of exciting and unusual fitness classes that all take place indoors and are sure to shake up your healthy lifestyle.

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Mermaid Swimming Lessons

We’re betting you’ve probably seen this on TV or on social media by now, but this has definitely got to be the coolest way to hit the pool and stay fit! After donning your very own mermaid fin, you’ll be ready to dive in to the pool with an instructor and learn how to swim like a real mermaid. Kids and adults alike will have a blast in this class! There are many different places you can try this, like AquaMermaid that offers classes in many locations across Canada.

Parkour Classes

This is another cool fitness trend that has made the rounds all over social media, and it’s definitely impressive to watch. Parkour is quite simply an athletic and acrobatic method of getting from point A to point B in the fastest way possible. This means going over, under, and around all kinds of obstacles and being very creative in how you do it. Originally developed from various types of obstacle course training and free-running, parkour has become very popular and is a great way to get an intense workout. There are many local organizations that promote parkour, such as, and many facilities such as The Monkey Vault are opening up to cater to this unique sport.


Who doesn’t love to bounce on a trampoline? Well, you may not know that it’s also a great workout for your entire body and makes for a perfect indoor activity to engage in when the weather is lousy. There are trampoline facilities all over Canada, such as JustBounce in Toronto, that offer classes for jumpers of all ages. This is one activity that’s really easy to learn and get started with and can also be as challenging as you want it to be.


Relive the fun and laughs of high school gym class by taking up dodgeball this winter! This entertaining sport is physically demanding, competitive, and a lot more strategic than most people would expect. You can be sure that your brain will get a workout keeping track of your team and theirs at the same time that you’re running all over the place trying to stay alive in the game. You can find dodgeball games suitable for all ages at most community centers and fitness centers across the country. Get ready to move fast when you sign up for this class!


When it comes to strength and conditioning programs, few are as well-known worldwide as CrossFit. This unique approach to fitness training combines a wide range of intense movements and activities. CrossFit exercises often include many variations involving equipment and apparatus of unusual styles, such as thick, heavy ropes, giant tires, large kettlebells, resistance bands, and more. The philosophy behind the CrossFit approach is to improve strength, stamina, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, endurance, and accuracy through a varied and intense set of physical activities. One thing is for sure, your body will definitely feel the burn with CrossFit.

Indoor Surfing

Who needs waves to surf? This class proves that you can keep your surfing legs in shape all year round even when the beach is frozen solid. It’s a unique approach to fitness that will undoubtedly have you hooked once you give it a shot. The movements involved in the workouts like those developed by SurfSet Fitness are sure to provide a great challenge, but don’t think that this is only for the pros. You can find classes suitable for all ability levels, so even if you’ve never surfed before you will definitely have fun!

Stay Hydrated & Replenish Fluids

Of course, no matter what physical activity you engage in, you’re going to want to make sure that you stay hydrated. While water is always the standard, many people prefer to have a flavourful sports drink to enjoy during or after their workout. Unfortunately, many of the off-the-shelf sports drinks are loaded with sugars, making them a bad idea for low carb dieters. Luckily for you, we put together a helpful guide to making your own low carb sports drinks. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

Challenge Yourself and Try Something New

If you’re finding it hard to stay motivated with your fitness during the colder months of the year, classes like these could be exactly what you need to get you fired up and ready to work up a sweat this year. We challenge you to choose something new and unusual to try and get out of your comfort zone in favour of an exciting experience that will also help you live a healthier life. Call up your workout buddy and book a fun new indoor fitness class today, and we’re sure you won’t regret it!

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Stay Fit with Fall & Winter Running Tips

Stick to Your Running Routine All Year-Round – Cold Weather Running Tips

So, you’ve had a great summer of running with lots of miles on your shoes, but you’re sad that it has to stop now that the cold weather has arrived? Well, you can cheer up because you don’t need to have a long, dreary winter filled with treadmills and gym walls. Instead, why not try cold-weather running this year and stay outdoors in the fresh air?

Cold weather running is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s really not all that complicated. All it takes is a little preparation, some different gear, and some adjustments to your techniques and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running when the temperatures drop. In this article, we’ve gathered up all the tips and advice that you need to get started with cold weather running and have a great time doing it.

Let’s get started!

How is running in cold weather different?

Before you venture out in to a chilly morning for a run, you need to realize that there are some differences you must consider. Running in colder temperatures has effects on your body that are notably different than running in warmer weather. Specifically, there are risks associated with frostnip, frostbite, and even hypothermia for runners who do not prepare adequately for the weather.

In addition, many people mistakenly believe that they don’t need to hydrate as much when the weather gets cold since they don’t sweat as much. However, your body still uses a lot of water when exercising, so staying hydrated is just as important when running in cold weather.

Often, new cold weather runners experience some discomfort in their lungs during the first few runs as they adjust to the cold air intake, but this will subside after a few experiences and the body adapts. This can be alleviated somewhat by wearing a facemask while you run, which helps to warm the air slightly before it enters the lungs.

Cold weather runners are also more susceptible to cramping or pulled muscles, so it’s generally recommended that the intensity of your run be reduced when the temperatures drop to avoid these risks. It’s best to keep your high-intensity speed work to indoor environments when it gets really cold.

While you won’t have nearly as much exposed skin when running in the colder months of the year, don’t ignore the need for sunscreen on your face and lips. Even though the temperature is low, UV rays have the same effects on your skin and you should take the necessary steps with SPF sunscreen and lip balm to protect yourself.

Gear up for cold weather running.

First and foremost, the most important piece of gear for any runner is a good pair of shoes. Many people will simply use the same shoes in the cold weather that they do in the warm weather, but you may want to invest in a new pair for the colder weather that are designed specifically for the changing conditions. Most styles of winter running shoes offer more insulation and waterproof materials so you stay dry and warm, while others even go so far as to add studs to the soles for extra grip and traction on ice and slippery surfaces.

Socks are critical for cold weather runners, and you’re going to want to invest in a good quality pair of technical socks to wear when you run. These types of socks will be a bit thicker than your normal running socks, so be sure that your shoes will have enough room to accommodate them without becoming uncomfortable. You may even want to add a sock liner on the coldest days that will help wick more moisture away and keep your feet drier and warmer.

When it comes to apparel for winter running, you’ll want to skip the parka and snow pants. The bulk and weight of this type of gear is just not suitable for the needs of a runner. Instead, you’ll want to dress in thinner layers that are made from materials that will wick moisture away from your body to help keep you dry. You will likely find that you need fewer layers than you expect, but it’s always best to start out with more than you need and adjust as you learn what works best for different conditions, rather than risk having not enough protection.

The thinner layers will offer greater comfort and mobility, while providing sequential insulation to help keep you warmer than one thick layer would. In addition, you can adjust the layers based on what the weather is like at any given time. Some options you’ll want to have available include waterproof or windproof outer shells for added protection, and polar fleece mid-layers for greater warmth on the coldest days.

You’ll also want to have an appropriate hat to wear, and some type of protection for your neck and face. Low-profile runners’ hats offer enough warmth to keep you comfortable without cooking up your head and making you sweat. Neckwarmers made from a thin, stretchy material will help protect your exposed skin against the cold and can quickly be pulled up or down to help cover your mouth, cheeks, and nose as needed.

Gloves are also very important in helping protect yourself against the dangers of frostbite, so make sure you’ve got a pair that are comfortable and lightweight to wear when you head out the door.

Be careful and stay safe.

Overall, the biggest thing you need to focus on when running in cold weather is your safety. If it’s -40c and the wind is howling, either stay home or hit the gym. Running when it’s that cold and nasty is just a bad idea.

When getting started with cold weather running, think of it like starting running all over again. The safest approach is to start slow and small and work your way up until you get to a point where you are comfortable with the duration and intensity of the workout, while simultaneously avoiding over-exerting yourself.

Staying safe in cold weather means carrying the same essentials as you do in warm weather. Bring water, low carb high-protein energy bars, and your fully-charged cell phone. Keep in mind that cold weather usually makes batteries drain faster, so having your phone fully charged before you head out is a very wise move. You’ll also want to keep it in a pocket that offers some level of protection and insulation against the cold to avoid the risk of damaging it.

Enjoy the unique experience of cold weather running!

We hope that this article has encouraged you to try cold weather running this year and use it as part of your healthy lifestyle to stay fit and have fun. We’re sure that once you experience the beauty of running through a layer of fluffy, untouched powder snow or through a dark morning filled with gently falling snowflakes, you’ll be hooked. Now get out there, stay safe, and enjoy!

Want to discover other new ways to run? Check out our Beginners Guide to Trail Running and learn more.

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Low Carb Cooking with Clams & Mussels

Break Out of Your Shell with these Tips for Low Carb Cooking with Clams and Mussels

This article is for all the seafood lovers out there who want to add some variety in to their low carb lifestyle. We are big fans of all kinds of seafood, including clams and mussels. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of cooking tips and amazing recipes to share with you, so you can make delicious low carb meals featuring clams and mussels right at home.

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What are clams and mussels?

Seafood comes in many varieties, but they all fall in to one of three main categories: fish, crustacean, or mollusk. The fish category is pretty self-explanatory, while the crustacean category covers seafood such as crabs, lobster, prawns, shrimp, crawfish. The mollusk category is where you’ll find an interesting array of seafood, such as octopus, squid, snails, oysters, and the topic of this article, clams and mussels.

Clams and mussels are part of the group of mollusks known as bivalves. Bivalves are simple to describe, as they consist of a shell, which is usually hinged and can open and close, and the soft inner body.

Clams and mussels are a popular part of seafood cuisine in many parts of the world and are used to prepare a very diverse range of dishes, including soups and pasta, as well as simply being delicious on their own.

How do you cook clams and mussels?

While there are dozens of different ways to prepare clams and mussels, the simplest method is to steam them. This brings out the natural flavours of the clams and mussels and allows you to lightly season them to your preference. Here is an easy method for steaming clams and mussels that you can use to prepare them at home.

Recipe for Basic Steamed Clams or Mussels

In general, steamed clams or mussels can be ready in about 20 to 25 minutes. One thing in particular to look for when you are cooking with clams or mussels is whether or not the shells open when they are cooked. This is a sign of freshness, and any clams or mussels that do not open while cooking should not be eaten and need to be discarded.

Steaming clams and mussels is a fast and easy way to prepare a tasty meal, but there are so many other ways to cook with these delicious ingredients, we just had to pull together a few of our favourite recipes for you to try.

Fantastic Low Carb Recipes for Clams and Mussels

Slow Cooker Low Carb Clam Chowder with Bacon

One of the most famous ways to prepare clams is in a hearty chowder. These delicious soups are rich in flavours and definitely qualify as comfort food, especially for anyone who grew up on the east coast. This recipe makes clam chowder even easier by using the slow cooker and accentuates the flavour with the wonderful saltiness of bacon. A bowl of this will most certainly warm the heart of anyone at your kitchen table.

Keto Steamed Clams with Basil Garlic Butter

Ok, even though we already covered the basics of making steamed clams, this recipe takes things up a notch by making sure everything is keto-friendly and features a decadent basil garlic butter that will have your mouth watering. It’s also gluten-free, so it’s a perfect fit for a wide range of dietary needs and is ready in just 25 minutes.

Mussels in White Wine and Cream

This light and fresh dish combines the wonderful flavours of white wine with the richness of cream, which perfectly pairs with the taste of mussels. This recipe is amazingly simple, and very quick to prepare. If you’re new to mussels, this is the perfect dish to get you to fall in love with them.

Chilli Mussels

Ok, we’re getting serious now! This recipe is perfect for seafood lovers who also want things to be a little spicy. In just 20 minutes, you can have a beautiful meal of fresh mussels in a zesty chilli sauce that will make your taste buds stand up and shout. You won’t be disappointed if you give this one a shot the next time you’re craving seafood.

Try Something New on your Next Low Carb Meal Plan

If your family is starting to get a bit bored with your recent meal plans, switch things up next week and serve up some fresh clams or mussels and discover a wider world of delicious seafood. We’re sure that once you try some of these creations, you’ll be a fan of mussels and clams and how wonderfully they work as part of the low carb lifestyle.

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The Keto Diet Guide to Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial Sweeteners & the Keto Diet: Understanding What’s Ok & What’s Not

We’ve talked before about the keto diet, and how it’s a bit different from the other low carb diets that you may be familiar with, but there is a lot more to learn about some of the specific aspects of the keto diet.

For example, one detail that can cause confusion and frustration for people who are new to the keto diet is what artificial sweeteners work with the diet and which ones should be avoided. That’s why we’ve put together this article.

Here, we are going to discuss what types of sweeteners fit well with the keto diet and the brand names that you should look for. We’re also going to list the different types of sweeteners that need to be avoided while sticking to a keto diet in order to stay on track and get the results that you’re hoping for.

First, let’s do a quick overview of why regular sugar is excluded from the keto diet.

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Why is sugar not good for the keto diet?

The keto diet is very similar to the other types of low carb diets in that sugar is one of its most restricted food types. This is due to the way the body processes sugar and uses it as fuel. In simple terms, the ketogenic diet drastically reduces sugar and other carbohydrates in favour of proteins and nutrient-rich vegetables in order to change the way the body fuels itself.

By cutting back on carbs, the body eventually switches to burn fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates. This process is known as ketosis and is the key to success on the keto diet. Because sugar is one of the purest forms of carbs in foods, it is off-limits to keto dieters and alternative sweeteners need to be used in its place.

If you’re not familiar with how artificial sweeteners get their taste without sugar, let’s explore a bit more about them so you can get a clear picture of why they don’t count as carbs in the same way as regular sugar.

How are artificial sweeteners different from normal sugar?

Sugar substitutes were first introduced to the general public in the 1950’s, and since then many different brands and types of artificial sweeteners have been produced. Some of the most popular artificial sweeteners today are known as ‘sugar alcohols’, and these make up the majority of the artificial sweeteners that are preferred by low carb dieters and keto dieters alike.

Sugar alcohols are digested by the body in a different way than regular sugars, and as such do not impact the blood sugar levels. Sugar alcohols can be used in almost exactly the same ways as regular sugar in baking, cooking, and to sweeten a variety of drinks and foods.

However, not all alternative sweeteners that are made from sugar alcohols are recommended on the keto diet. Here is a list of alternative sweeteners that are deemed to be safe for use while on the keto diet.

What are the best sweeteners for the keto diet?

Some of the most popular sweeteners for keto dieters are Stevia, Monk Fruit, Erythritol, and Xylitol. These four sweeteners can be found in many different products and under a wide range of brand names. Some of the more common brand names that you may be familiar with of these sweeteners include Swerve and Truvia. These sweeteners have been shown to have no negative effects on the keto diet.

Now that you know which sweeteners are best for the keto diet we’re going to discuss what to look out for.

What sweeteners should be avoided on the keto diet?

Our current position on the above is that if natural sweeteners (considered OK for Keto) — why do we even still bother with products that have Splenda and artificial sweeteners.

As a retailer – we are agnostic to specific diets. We carry products of all types as long as they meet our criteria for nutritional profile (e.g. products that wont spike blood glucose levels, diabetic safe)

Natural sweeteners like Xylitol, Erythritol, Monk fruit carry a huge premium. They are expensive. And not everyone is on “Keto”.

Other alternative sweeteners (typically non-natural) as less expensive and help make many products more affordable to the general public.

Learn More About the Keto Diet

If you’re interested in getting started on the keto diet, and would like more information, have a look at our article explaining how the keto diet works and the type of benefits that you can achieve. In addition, we’ve got some great recipes that are keto friendly and are perfect for all kinds of low carb diets. We hope that you’ve found this information helpful, and that you have success with the keto diet and achieve all your goals.

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Sugar-Free Achva Halva Makes a Traditional Treat Low Carb

Enjoy Traditional Halva Without Added Sugar with Achva Sugar-Free Halva

Ever heard of halva before? Chances are very good that you have. After all, it’s enjoyed in dozens of different countries around the globe and transcends many cultures as a traditional sweet treat that also happens to be quite delicious.

If you’re familiar with it, you may be wondering why we’re talking about it at The Low Carb Grocery. That’s a good question, since it’s typically made with ingredients like honey, flour, and other ingredients that contain carbs. Well, that’s because we’re here to tell you about the delicious sugar-free halva products from Achva.

In this article, we’re going to teach you a little about this company that’s been around for generations, and how they take traditional recipes for halva and reduce the carbs & sugars to produce a delicious sweet treat that anyone can enjoy. Before we get to that however, let’s take a moment to talk about what halva is for those of us who may not be familiar with it.

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What is halva?

Halva is a sweet confection that comes from regions of eastern Europe and the Middle East and has a long history in many different cultures. Because it has appeared in the cuisine of so many different regions, there have naturally been many different variants that have evolved over the years, taking in local ingredients and preparation methods to create unique flavours.

There are two main categories of halva, which are defined by their basic ingredients. The first type is a halva that is flour-based, cooked with a sugary syrup, and has a somewhat gelatinous texture and appearance. The second type is a firmer variation of halva made primarily with sesame or sunflower seeds and sweet syrup. This is the type that Achva makes, although the sugary syrups are substituted for sugar-free products.

History of Achva

Achva itself has an extensive history, dating back to 1929 in Tel Aviv when a group of immigrants from Turkey, Greece and Russia all lived in the same community and shared their traditions with each other. Eventually, this blending of cultures and cuisines resulted in a unique method of making halva that became very popular with the locals. Eventually, the popularity of Achva products spread further throughout the country, and then on to the rest of the world.

What makes Achva halva different?

As we mentioned earlier, one of the key ingredients to making a traditional halva is a sugary syrup, which gives the confection its sweet taste. When making sugar-free halva, Achva substitutes the traditional sugary syrup for one made with an artificial sweetener called malitol, which is also known as a sugar alcohol.

Since the body processes sugar alcohols differently than normal sugars, they don’t contribute to your dietary carb count in the same way. This makes them ideal for low carb diets and perfect substitutes for sugars in a wide range of products.

Explore the Different Types of Halva

As with most different types of confections, Achva Sugar-Free Halva comes in several varieties and flavours to suit a range of tastes.

Sesame Halva

If you prefer a traditional sesame halva, this is the one for you. It’s got the classic taste you love, without the extra sugar and carbs. This halva is definitely going to hit your nostalgia buttons and deliver the sweet taste you remember from your youth.

Vanilla Halva

If you like a little extra flavour with your halva, this version adds just a hint of delicious vanilla that you’re sure to love. It’s got a nice, light sweetness to it that’s very satisfying as a quick sweet snack any time of day.

Marble Halva

This rich, sweet halva will melt in your mouth. One of our customer’s favourite types of halva, the marble variety has a unique appearance and is the perfect way to satiate your sweet tooth with a nice, light snack without all the extra carbs.

Vanilla Halva with Fibre & Walnuts

Why not get a little extra fibre along with your sweet treat? This interesting variety of halva is perfect for anyone who loves the crunch and taste of walnuts, along with a nice sweet taste. This is as good as it gets!

Discover the Unique Taste of Halva from Achva

If you’re on the hunt for a low-carb version of the sweet halva that you remember from your childhood, or are simply looking at trying a new sweet treat that you’ve never had before, Achva Sugar-Free Halva is a wonderful product that is perfect for the low carb lifestyle.

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Exploring the Diverse World of Tea

Adventure Through the Diverse and Flavourful World of Tea

Aside from water and wine, there is probably no drink with a history as long and diverse as tea. For many people, tea has a cultural significance that is unlike any other type of drink, and some even view it as a spiritual experience. Whether you view tea as a religious experience or simply as a soothing beverage to enjoy on a chilly morning, you can’t deny how influential it is as a part of life for people all over the world.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at many different aspects of tea, including a bit of its history and where it originated, as well as the diverse array of tea types that have been cultivated and crafted over the years. Plus, we’ve got the details on how to brew the perfect cup of tea using the two most popular methods, so once you’ve discovered the type of tea for you, you’ll know how to make it right.

First, let’s take a look at the ancient origins of this wonderful drink and learn a bit more about its history.

History of Tea

While it’s likely that the story is much older than this, the earliest records of tea go back to the 3rd century AD in an ancient medical text from China. However, there are myths that date back even further, to the year 2373 BC where legend says that some tea leaves were blown in to some water being boiled for drinking, which then changed the taste and colour. The water was then tasted by the emperor, who believed it now possessed medicinal properties.

Of course, there are many other legends about the origins of tea, but they all point to an origin within China. From there, as the cultures of the world began to travel more extensively, it made its way to Europe and beyond, eventually becoming a worldwide cultural element. Most notably, it became an institution in England and the British Empire, with tea becoming an integral part of their culture and day to day life.

As tea evolved over such a long period of time, and each culture added their own traits to the processes and cultivation of tea leaves, different varieties arose that each had unique taste characteristics and brewing properties. Over time, the most popular of these became the standard types of tea that we know today.

Common Types of Tea

It should come as no surprise that a drink with such a long and diverse history would have many different variations that have emerged over so many years of experimentation and regional influences. However, perhaps the most interesting aspect of tea is that virtually all types of tea come from the same basic plant, which is known as the Camellia sinensis plant.

This plant forms the basis for most common types of tea, and the differences emerge through the variety of processes and preparation methods used to make the tea. The most notable exception to this is what is known as herbal tea, which can use a wide range of dried leaves from other plants to create unique and distinct flavours and characteristics.

In the simplest terms, the different types of common teas are different because of the amount of oxidation that occurs during the drying process of the tea leaves. Generally, the longer the leaves are dried and heated they will start to take on different characteristics that make them fit in to the main categories of tea.

Black – Black tea is the type that you are probably most familiar with. For black tea, the leaves are dried, rolled, and heated for extended periods of time to produce the boldest flavours. As a result, black tea also contains the highest concentration of caffeine.

Oolong – Oolong is a popular type of tea because of its robust flavours, but also because it is slightly milder than black tea. This is because oolong teas are not heated and dried for as long a time as black tea, resulting in a different flavour profile and a slightly lower caffeine content.

Green – Another very popular type of tea is green tea, which has a less complex processing method than oolong and black teas. Green tea has a shorter withering process at the beginning, resulting in a mellower flavour profile and a lower caffeine strength.

White – White tea is typically made only from the youngest leaves of the plant and undergoes the shortest drying process. This results in a very mellow flavour and the lowest caffeine content. However, white teas and green teas also contain increased levels of antioxidants not found in oolong and black teas.

Herbal – This category of tea features the widest variety of flavour possibilities but is also the most difficult to describe since they can be made from an extensive range of herbs, fruits, and other plants. Herbal teas may or may not contain caffeine and can have flavours that range from extremely bold to very mild, and even sweet and fruity.

How to Properly Prepare Tea

Preparing a perfect cup of tea requires a bit more than just boiling water and a tea bag. While those are the most basic ingredients, the actual process of brewing a good cup of tea is actually much more like brewing a really good cup of coffee. It required quality ingredients and the correct process to get it right.

There are two basic methods for brewing tea. You can either use a teabag that contains a pre-portioned amount of tea, or you can portion it yourself with loose-leaf tea and use an infuser. Both have their advantages, and both can produce a nice cup of tea. However, loose leaf offers much more customization based on your personal tastes, as you can easily increase or decrease the amount of tea you use to brew a cup or a pot of tea.

Regardless of whether you choose to use loose leaf or a tea bag, there are a few rules to follow that help you get the best flavour from your tea.

1 – Always use clean, filtered water. This will ensure that your tea has the purest flavour profile. You don’t want any unexpected tastes to skew the flavour of your tea, so you’ll notice the best results if you use clean and pure, filtered water.

2 – Get the right temperature. It may surprise you to learn that water that is fresh from boiling is actually not the best to use on your tea. You’ll actually want to wait a few minutes for the water to drop in temperature slightly before you pour it in to your cup or kettle. As a rule of thumb, black teas need water at around 95ºC for the best flavour, and the optimum temperature goes down by about 5ºC per increment as you go from black to oolong, to green, and to white.

3 – Steep your tea for the right amount of time. Once you’ve got the water at the best temperature, you’re going to want to be patient and let your tea steep for the right amount of time to get the best results. Most teas will have steeping times listed on the package, but this also requires a bit of practice. While the tea manufacturer may recommend a certain time, your personal tastes may vary, so don’t be afraid to experiment with a little more, or a little less steeping time.

4 – Milk & sugar? You can add milk and sweetener to your tea to mellow the flavours and sweeten it if you like, but this is an entirely optional step. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to adding milk and your preferred sweetener, so do what you feel is right. You’re perfectly fine to just sip your tea without anything else added, and you can also mix things up however you like. At this point, it’s your cup and no one elses.

Start the Kettle, It’s Tea Time

Now that you’ve got the essentials on how to make a great cup of tea, the time has come to start up the kettle and get some water ready for your next cup. Tea is a great way to relax at the end of a long day, or to help wake you up and get ready for your next adventure. Whatever your taste may be, you can be sure that you’ll find a wonderful tea that suits your mood.

To explore a wide range of teas and discover flavours from around the world, check out the delicious teas available at The Low Carb Grocery from top-quality brands like Sahara Tea and Teatulia. We’re sure you’ll find the right tea for you.