a tea + my thoughts // no. 4

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Happy Monday! We’re back with the fourth edition of tea + thoughts, the series I started back in January at the start of the new year. Next month will be a little different when it comes to scheduling, so there won’t be another tea + thoughts until June.

The tea I’m sharing this month is Trader Joe’s Moroccan Mint Tea. I try to drink a lot of green tea because it’s so full of antioxidants and good for balancing your hormones. This one is laced with spearmint, which makes it even more delicious than straight green tea. I love adding a little bit of honey to make it even more indulgent tasting. My one qualm is that this product does come in individually plastic wrapped bags which is a lot of waste, but I know at least I have sent TJ’s an email about it and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Pt. 2 //
Have you started watching?? I am so hooked on this show. I love dark humor and love that this show is dark and kitschy in a way I’ve never really seen before. Plus, it’s full of badass female empowerment. And magic. It really is the perfect show. I will say it’s better, in my opinion, to watch during the fall but that’s not stopping me. I just finished the new episodes over the weekend and can’t wait for season two!

Trader Joe’s Umami Seasoning //
You know the TJ’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning? This new Umami Seasoning has the potential to unseat it as the greatest cult item TJ’s has to offer. It’s a blend of porcini mushroom, white button mushroom, kosher salt, mustard seed, red & black pepper, and thyme. It’s a delicious, savory flavor that you can put on everything from avocado toast and salads to proteins and roasted vegetables. Take it from me, a person who does not typically eat mushrooms because of the texture, this is delicious.

Hu Kitchen Almond Butter + Puffed Quinoa Chocolate //
I heard about this chocolate from one of Romee Strijd’s videos and she so highly recommended it, I knew I had to try it. Of course, once I did try it, I started seeing it everywhere in the zeitgeist. I ended up finding it at Whole Foods (it was hidden in a different section than the other chocolate, FYI) and oh my lord, it’s so good! First of all, this chocolate is free of: dairy, emulsifiers, GMOs, soy lecithin, gluten, refined sugar, cane sugar, and sugar alcohols, as well as being fair trade, vegan, organic, and paleo. Plus, it tastes amazing and is not at all lacking on flavor or sweetness. You have to try it!

Planting Mint in the Herb Garden //
I was recently reading the latest issue of Garden + Gun by the pool and stumbled upon an advertorial for Mint Julep Month sponsored by Maker’s Mark. It had all sorts of recipes for different variations of juleps, but what stuck out to me was that they offered a tear out sheet that you soak in water, plant in a pot, and it grows a mint plant! I was so excited because I’ve been wanting to add mint to my herb garden and it literally just fell into my hands. I planted it last week and am now waiting a couple more weeks until it’s ready to go!