Friday, September 25, 2015

Organic India Tulsi Tea Review #Momsmeet

When the temperature starts to drop outside, I like to warm up with a hot cup of tea. Whether it be a spicy and creamy Chai or a wonderful herbaceous  (it's the equivalent of bodacious-ness in herb speak) infusion. I want a cup of liquid so hot, it would warm even Scrooge's rickety, old bones.

So when there was a chance through Mom's Meet to review Organic India Tulsi tea, I jumped! When I got the box in the mail, I quite literally squealed like a little piglet. It felt like Christmas! (I guess you know what I want for Christmas... she said unabashedly).

I received seven boxes of tea to review! Seven! Of which I will describe later in the post! I also received psyllium husk! Which is amazing for gluten-free and egg-free bakers (like this granola bread) and basically makes you poop like Superman... if he did poop. Who knows because he's not human, right?

I immediately heated up the stove and put the kettle on because honey, time was a waisting.
And then I rubbed my hands together while I devised a recipe made with psyllium... a scone worthy of all the holy basil tea. Check out these Revolutionary Cranberry Orange Scones here.
Before we begin, let's talk a little about Tulsi.
Tulsi is a wonderful adaptogen herb, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress. It can create an overall sense of wellbeing and restore balance. The antioxidants in Tulsi help protect against free radicals and strengthen the immune system. It can help the body more efficiently use oxygen and support respiratory health. It's also anti-inflammatory and aids liver function.
Organic India's Tulsi tea includes three varieties of Tulsi leaves: Rama, Vana, and Krishna. Combined, they are powerhouse of taste and antioxidants!
And you can save 20% by using code kiwi20 and purchasing from Organic India's website. And go give them a like on facebook.
I enjoyed all the teas that Organic India sent - they each could be categorized in herbal, floral or fruity notes. After some research, I found that Organic India also creates a few chai tulsi teas. I'm looking forward to purchasing that at the store because chai teas happen to be a favorite.

Here are the flavors I tried (I starred the ones I would definitely buy again):
Original - wonderfully herbaceous with a little bit of basil spice *
Red Mango - a rooibos base with red mango flavor *
          I love red tea so I enjoyed this one immensely. The fruity mango mixed with the basil             
          was a perfect combo in my book.
Pomegranate green - nice green tea + fruit flavor but my least favorite, strong in tannin
Sweet Rose - nice floral (but not overly strong) notes + a tea I'd want to drink with my grandma *
Raspberry Peach - fruity and fun, my daughter  liked this one the most
Peppermint - very subtle mint flavor (I like it strong) but combined nicely with the herby spice of
Honey Chamomile - my favorite, very great soothing honey and chamomile taste *

Overall, I was very impressed with selection. Tulsi has really impressed as an herb and I enjoyed learning about it through Organic India.
I hope you enjoy your cup of tea today! And don't forget to check out Organic India!
Big Blue Eyes wanted to take a picture of me holding the tea. Of course, I smiled! Even though I'm sans make-up.
I received these products for free, in exchange for my review, from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 

Revolutionary Cranberry Orange Sunflower seeds Scones Baking with Organic India Psyllium Husk #momsmeet

These revolutionary scones are free of flour! No cutting butter into these! They are rich and rustic, studded with sunflower seeds.

And the best part? They dirty one dish and are super easy to mix together... because I'd rather eat scones then clean up after them.
Full of healthy fats and fiber, these babies will power up your morning.
To make these, you will need a secret ingredient which we call Psyllium Husk by Organic India. Using this helps the batter stick together. Psyllium Husk is available from Organic India and right now, you can use code kiwi20 for 20% off your purchase.

Psyllium husk is an interesting ingredient. It makes you poop like Superman - soaks up water in your gut and increases bowel movement. It's great for digestive health; it can help get things moving but doesn't create flatulence!

This soaking and sticking characteristic of psyllium husk helps these scones to stick together. For another recipe using psyllium, check out my Granola Bread. The great thing about these scones is a lot of ingredients are interchangeable (besides psyllium husk and chia seeds). You can use loosely chopped walnuts or more coconut for sunflower seeds, exchange craisins for figs or raisins, add cinnamon or nutmeg, and use coconut milk instead of orange juice.
The batter needs to sit at least two hours so I suggest mixing them the night before then forming them in the morning (it's easier than playdough!) before you bake.

These scones are part of a review that Moms Meet, find out more here and Organic India sponsored. I'll be reviewing the tea in the next blog post.

Meanwhile enjoy these! Sweet eating, my friends.

Revolutionary Cranberry Orange Sunflower Seed Scones
1 cup oats
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 TB whole psyllium husk
3 TB sunflower seed oil
3 TB maple syrup
1/3 cup craisins
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
Orange zest

1. Combine all dry ingredients in bowl.
2. Mix in orange juice with a spatula until the dough starts to stick together and you can form a ball (some it may be a little loose).
3. Let sit at least 2 hours or overnight.
4. Bake at 350 degrees on parchment covered tray for 20 minutes then flip for another 15 or until edges start to brown.

These scones are part of a review that Moms Meet and Organic India sponsored. I received this psyllium husk for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
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