Celestial Seasonings Taste Test

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I received the Celestial Seasonings’ Candy Cane Lane Tea  complimentary in my Frosty VoxBox for testing purposes from Influenster . This websites disclosure policy is here:

 

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Here is a bit of a disclaimer before we begin. I generally don’t drink green tea since large amounts will interact with medication that I’m taking, and I’m not a fan of peppermints or candy canes, so this should be a really interesting taste test, but I’m going to be as honest as possible. The sample had two bags in there, but for this test I only used one. I decided to put the tea in a holiday themed mug to heighten the experience.

SMELL

When I opened the package I was instantly  “assaulted” with a strong peppermint scent; but after the tea is steeped the scent becomes a lot more mellow and as time went by I began to smell more vanilla than anything else.

LOOK

Not sure if it was me, but this green tea is a little bit darker than what I’m used to seeing, but I’m sure it has to do with the other flavorings that are added in the tea, more specifically  the roasted carob and chicory, cinnamon and black berry leaves.

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TASTE : (Tried it  with and without sweetener )

I took a gulp and swirled it in my mouth  letting in a tiny bit of air like you see those professional wine tasters do… not sure if it worked or not, but the tea didn’t taste too bad actually it didn’t really have a very distinct flavor, but give it a few seconds and that peppermint mint hits you with it’s minty after thought

Adding sweetener to the tea didn’t really affect the flavor of it at all… (I used a packet of Splenda)

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Overall, considering everything that I said at the beginning of this review I think that I would actually purchase this tea. This would be a nice addition to my collection; I think I would pull it out when I have colds or have an upset stomach (apparently peppermint/candy cane is good when your tummy is upset). I actually think that I might get a box of this along with the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride on my next shopping trip.

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Other holiday teas include: Caramel Apple Dream, Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland, Gingerbread Spice, Nutcracker SweetSugar Plum Spice, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Sweet Pumpkin Harvest. These teas retail for about $3.39 .

What I Ate Wednesday

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So clearly this is not an original thought WIAW was originated from Peas and Crayons  and a lot of other bloggers have started doing it as well; and since I can’t be original and I really like the idea of doing this… I decided to give it whirl as well. This will pretty much be a mish-mash of stuff,  some days I will try a new technique or perhaps I’ll be eating something for the first time as is the case today… and someday it might be leftover chili…who knows, and I guess that’s part of the fun. When I first started blogging it was to remain accountable with my exercise and food intake, so this is kind of takes me back… Very little of this is planned… but it’s 100% honest…I always want WIAW to be an accurate account of what I am eating. I think this Wednesday my Weight Watchers leader would be proud… every meal was planned ahead.

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So the other day I was at my mom’s house and I noticed that she had all these greens that where about to go bad in her fridge, so I took about 5 or 6 leaves of spinach , figured I would use them in my salad or something, then I realized I could chop them up and make them into an omelet along with a weight watchers cheese stick. Paired with toast and some peach preserves… BAM! Breakfast!! Breakfast was 5 points.

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One pear coming right up! My snack was 0 points

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I just felt like having oatmeal for lunch, it’s super cold outside.. so instead of the normal 1 packet I had I was a piggy and had two, it was very filling. My lunch was 8 points

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WIAWDinner

When I woke up this morning I knew what I wanted for dinner and honestly I thought about skipping this week because let’s be honest onion rings and White Castles are not the healthiest, but it’s all about honesty here.  My dinner was 17 points!

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So for my final snack I had tea and popcorn, a weird combination I know, but I was finishing the last episodes of Dream High… and didn’t realize until after I demolished it that I didn’t take a picture of the popcorn…. but at least you have the tea. My snack was 2 points

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WIAWCalories

My general caloric intake is 1200 calories per day, and according to MyFitnessPal I earned more 797 more calories because I worked out (ugh) But that only translated to 1 additional point for Weight Watchers…. something doesn’t smell right here…

Also for the keen observers,  you will notice that the salad is not on here… yeah I added that to my meal at the last minute… you know how it is when you realize you have a plate full of not so healthy indulgences you need to put something on it to try to even it out …

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WIAWWater

Since dealing with this cold I’ve noticed that I’m drinking more fluids…

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And that my friends is What I Ate this Wednesday; be sure to follow me MyFitnessPal or of you are doing Weight Watchers friend me there as well I’m TRJENKINS77

Until Next Time…

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