Some months we just feel so overly compelled to share our experiences; experiences that have changed our daily lives/routine for good. Incorporating real tea from Toni Glass Collection has done that this month, so we SHARE.
Hello Toni Glass Collection!
I initially just fell in love with the Toni Glass Collection’s packaging. The little boxes made me feel so special. THEN actually preparing a cup and enjoying it like it should be enjoyed, because the packaging kinda said: THIS TEA YOU DRINK WHILE SITTING IN THE GARDEN, MUSING…. I just became obsessed with the brand, and tea (real tea) in general.
Here’s what you need to know about The Toni Glass Collection
In their words: We are the perfect blend of modern sophistication and style coupled with the true legacy of the leaf. – Which to me is them in a nutshell, modern + convenient + beautiful BUT still the real + tradition + pure thing. Best of all the worlds for this busy mama (in my words).
They have a variety of products, one being the silken bags I now adore, loose leaf teas, which is a culture I would love to adopt, and the most exquisite ice tea range. I honestly can’t justify the Toni Glass Collection for the sheer amount of tea I’m right consuming now. But it is such a special treat for a day out, picnic or gift. Speaking of gifts, they’ve also made it super easy for you to spoil someone with their luxurious products – check out their gifting range.
Playing with TEA Brews
My kids love ice tea, that is LOVED iced tea, up until I made this shocking discovery. INGREDIENTS:
- High fructose corn syrup
- Citric acid
- Lemon juice concentrate
- Sodium hexametaphosphate (to protect flavour)
- Natural flavour tea
- Phosphoric acid
- Potassium sorbate (preserves freshness)
- Acesulfame potassium
- Calcium disodium edta (to protect flavour)
Yeah, no more ice tea….
I tried brewing some flavoured teas, cooling it + adding ice. But those iced teas turned out weak (for my lack of wanting to use 5 bags for one glass of ice tea) + in serious need of sweetener, which kinda defeated the purpose, at least to me.
Then Woolworths came out with a new BREWED ICE TEA range which we really really like. It’s R32 per 1.5l bottle (compared to the R24 of above mentioned ingredients’ brand), so really not bad! (We couldn’t send you guys any, seeing as it needs to stay chilled because it contains no preservatives.) Here’s the INGREDIENTS for their peach variety:
- Brewed ceylon tea
- Reconstituted concentrates:apple, peach
- Citric acid
- Ascorbic acid
Now that’s much better!
Our Tea Brewing Activity
Which got me thinking!!! Tea has so many amazing benefits, it is packed with antioxidants, has less/no caffeine compared to coffee + each version/flavour/make has like its own special super power. + as I’m sure you can see when looking at the Woolworths brewed tea ingredients, it’s basically just brewed tea + fruit juice.
What you need:
For this little activity, we used either a Rooibos Cranberry or Black Current silken bag/box of The Toni Glass Collection + Dewlands 250ml apple juice. (We discovered Dewlands in our search for a healthier juice.) The goal of this simple activity is to ignite some interest in your child + to see how things are actually made.
How to brew your own ice tea:
- Use a large glass container to brew your tea in. Once you’ve added 500ml boiling water to the bowl, present IT, the box of tea (still sealed) and a large spoon / spatula to your child, making sure your child has an easy view / access to the side + top of the bowl. Make your child aware that the bowl + its contents are very hot. Stay with your child for the duration of this step.
- Point out the box + ask them what’s in it? Let them open it! Let them explore steeping and stirring from all sides. Some say tea can be too strong, I say NEVER!
- We let our water + tea bag cool on the counter + then (tea bag still in) chill in the fridge until we mixed in our juice. Little ones really like squeezing the juice through the straw, but for a more practical option let your child measure out 250ml of their favourite juice. Dewlands also comes in 1l bottles.
- Tip: We dilute this even more by using our Consol GRIP & GO Active glass bottles, 250ml ice tea + crushed ice till full.
- 3 Servings DONE! This recipe makes 750ml of tea. ⅔ brewed tea (only using one tea bag, so quite diluted) + ⅓ juice. Very very simple. So delicious.
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Tea Super Powers
I feel that the inclusion of tea in our home has kindly forced me to take some time for myself, has created a new healthy new habit + has reduced our family’s juice intake from a box a day, to a box a week.
You know those rare occasions that you feel like a SUPER MOM ……..?!