Is Green Tea Good for You & How Much Can You Drink Daily?

Like black tea, green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference between them is green tea is made with unfermented leaves, while fully fermented leaves comprise black tea. Fermentation reduces the leaves’ concentration of natural antioxidant compounds, or polyphenols, making green tea higher in antioxidants than black. The polyphenols in green tea appear to be more potent antioxidants than vitamin C, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, and drinking it in moderation may benefit your health.

Avocado — the fruit that would make butter and meat obsolete

Avocado is more than just a tasty treat to be enjoyed in guacamole–it makes a hearty satisfying meal when eaten alone, in salads, and in other dishes. Most people who transition from a standard American diet to a vegan diet with avocado, nuts and seeds don’t miss the animal foods because raw vegan plant fat is so satisfying as well as more nutritious than cooked fatty animal foods! In hundreds of thousands of cases, people who’ve adopted a vegan diet of predominantly raw foods with minimal or no cooked starches as part of a healthful lifestyle (including regular exercise and adequate sleep), have lost excess weight, overcome illness, gained new vitality, and avoided the killer diseases which now plague our meat, bread, dairy, and junk-food eating society. The fresh vitamins, active enzymes, organic minerals, soluble fiber, high water content, and easily digested fats and proteins in avocados and other fruit and plant foods can help transform any sluggish, overweight meat eater into a slimmer and more dynamic person. Some of the leanest people I know eat the most avocados! Cooked foods such as bread, pasta, meat, dairy and junk foods are the villains that can keep an avocado eater from losing excess fat.

If your goal is to reduce your consumption or transition completely off of meat and dairy, avocado may be the perfect way to satisfy your natural cravings for creamy nourishment. Dr. William Esser writes in his Dictionary of Natural Foods:

“The avocado is one of the most valuable foods which nature has given man. For those concerned about eliminating meat from their diet, this offers not merely a “substitute,” but a food which is much superior in value for human maintenance. It is rich in protein and fat and comparatively higher than any other fruits in these elements. The fat is more digestible than animal fats.”

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11 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Every Day

There really can’t be any adult in this great big world that has never tried coffee. It’s consumed everywhere, and judging by the amount of Starbucks locations in the United States alone, (in 2012, there were 10,924!) we love our caffeine.

And that’s fine. In fact, there are many advantages to being one of the 54 percent of Americans over 18 who drink coffee everyday. Coffee can be pretty amazing for your brain, your skin and your body. Read on to discover 11 reasons you should wake up and smell the coffee…

Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than anything else.

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Michigan Tea House – One of the Finest Michigan Tea Houses

One of the newest and most innovative Tea Rooms in Michigan, the Franklin Village Tea Room is a reprisal of the original Tea Room located in the historic district of the Village of Franklin. Set in this historic town, which was built by the early settlers from New York and Massachusetts, in the 1840’s, the Village of Franklin celebrated the opening of its first Franklin Village Tea Room in 1975. Closed for more than two decades, Kathi Russell has opened one of the most elegantly beautiful Tea Rooms in the country.

Decorated with lush florals and balloon shades, and adorning her tables with some of the most beautiful English china that can be found, this Tea Room is breathtaking for all those who visit. Beautiful, white linen tablecloths on English round tables with white chairs makes this Tea Room sparkle. The menu includes a variety of teas, sandwiches, scones, and desserts. Hosting a number of special events in the Franklin Village Tea Room including Bridal Shower Teas, Baby Shower Teas, Birthday Celebrations, Red Hat Ladies Teas, as well as entertaining and educational Children’s Tea Parties!

A bright and cheerful environment for all those who visit, the Franklin Village Tea Room is an experience for all. Huge windows overlooking the Village, with the sun shining through, this Tea Room is both elegant and cheerful. A change from the ordinary Tea Room, a visit to the Franklin Village Tea Room sets the tone for an incredible visit to another era, another time, somewhere in the past. For those who can stay for only for an hour, or for those who can spend the entire day in Franklin, one should not miss this opportunity to sit for tea at the Franklin Village Tea Room. Visitors to the Tea Room will be treated to a free Walking Tour of Franklin, taking them on a self-guided tour from the “Cider Mill to the Cemetery”, walking past some of Franklins finest, old homes. Visit the Village Green, or stop off at the Village Library and take some time to sit awhile in the “Town That Time Forgot”.

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Best Brunch Spots From Around the Globe

Whether you’re craving smoked salmon, French toast or poached eggs… whether you’re in the mood for breakfast or lunch… whether it’s a weekly family occasion or a special get-together with friends, there’s no better treat than Sunday brunch. So, go ahead and sleep late on Sunday morning, then when you finally wake up, find a good place for your brunch. We have a few suggestions.

Usually eaten sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., this American tradition has become quite popular for just about everyone… so whether it’s in your home town or someone else’s – grab the Sunday paper, line up with the locals and take in the sights as you wait with your Mimosa in-hand (many of the best places don’t take reservations!)

These are chosen picks of where breakfast meets lunch perfectly in the our choices for the Best Brunch spots. This is just the beginning of the list.

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