A FEW TEAS THAT CAN HELP YOU TO LOSE A FEW POUNDS…

Cinnamon is a great addition to your diet as it lowers blood sugar levels. They suggest you only have one teaspoon to help lower your blood sugar level.

Cinnamon is a popular spice, especially for baked goods and desserts. Aside from its distinctive aroma, cinnamon is believed to help lower the blood sugar level, making it suitable for obese patients who are at higher risk of diabetes. However, consumption should be limited to one teaspoon per day, as excessive amounts can result in liver problems.

The website Livestrong says whether or not you take your coffee with cream and sugar, milk and honey or with nothing at all, cinnamon tea is a simple, healthful beverage that many enjoy. Cinnamon tea has a sweet, spicy flavour as well as significant health benefits. To prepare this tea, boil a 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick in 1 1/4 cups of water for 15 to 25 minutes, and then let it steep and rest for another 15 minutes. Or, mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with hot water and stir. One gram of cinnamon equals 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder or 1/2 cinnamon stick.

Failing that there are a number of Cinnamon Teas you can buy like Pukka Teas Organic Three Cinnamon Tea Bags, Holland and Barrett Yogi Organic Cinnamon Spiced Tea or Rooibos Ahmad Cinnamon Tea.

Green tea is one of the most well-known types of tea and is linked with many health benefits.

It’s also one of the most effective teas for weight loss. There is substantial evidence linking green tea to decreases in both weight and body fat.

Another study writes Healthline found that people who consumed green tea extract for 12 weeks experienced significant decreases in body weight, body fat and waist circumference, compared to a control group.

Black tea is a type of tea that has undergone more oxidation than other types, such as green, white or oolong teas.

There are many different types and blends of black tea available, including popular varieties like Earl Grey and English breakfast. Several studies have found that black tea could be effective when it comes to weight control.

One study of 111 people found that drinking three cups of black tea each day for three months significantly increased weight loss and reduced waist circumference, compared to drinking a caffeine-matched control beverage.

Source: Healthline, Livestrong

LAST-MINUTE FOODY BOOKS TO ADD TO YOUR SANTA LIST…

It’s not too late to add a couple of great books to your Santa list especially with Amazon Prime. My two last-minute picks are…

Finch Bakery: Sweet Homemade Treats and Showstopper Celebration Cakes by Lauren and Rachel Finch. A Sunday Times Best Seller on Amazon for £11

There are no healthy alternatives in this book – the fantastic showstopping cakes and cookies are pure indulgence. The successful sisters who started a bakery from their parent’s kitchen deliver some confectionary wonders.

Lauren and Rachel Finch, founders of Finch Bakery, share their best-kept secrets to decorating all-out celebration cakes and let you in on their top baking techniques to create indulgent brownies and cupcakes, decadent macarons, stuffed cookies of every kind and your very own versions of their indulgent signature cake jars.

Packed with crowd-pleasing classics and desserts to impress, this bestselling baking book has the treat to satisfy every sweet tooth, every time:

– Over 80 Instagram-ready baking recipes from occasion cakes, tray bakes, cookies, no-bake cakes and so much more!
– 15 step-by-step baking technique tutorials for beginners
– Mix-and-match your favourite flavour combinations for sponges, fillings, buttercream and toppings to build your own creations

Discover the hidden secrets to show-stopping bakes from tempering chocolate and levelling cakes, to crumb coating, piping and scraping techniques. You’ll learn the basics to cake decorating and baking before exploring indulgent flavour combinations.

Recipes are designed to be standalone, but some also work in a build-a-block way so you can make your own creation by swapping the sponge, filling, sauce or topping to satisfy your sweet tooth. With inventive creations and essential techniques, this is a whole new world of cake.

Gastro Obscure – A Food Adventurer’s Guide by Wong (Author), Cecily (Author), Thuras (Author), Dylan (Author), Atlas Obscura (Author) available from Amazon for £18.19

From those ever-curious, ever-quirky minds behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Atlas Obscura,, comes an unputdownable guide that marries our endless appetite for travel with our insatiable interest in food. Continent by continent, country by country, Gastro Obscura takes up the mantle of Atlas Obscura to radically expand our sense of wonder about the world–in this case, what humans eat and drink, which turns out to be far more marvellous than we could ever imagine.


Created by the founders of AtlasObscura.com, GastroObscura.com delivers fresh food stories daily to the millions of Atlas Obscura readers and Facebook fans, along with its own burgeoning dedicated email newsletter. And it is now serving up the best of it in a lavishly illustrated food-lover’s gift of nearly 500 dishes, ingredients, traditions, and experiences.


Discover English bog butter. “Threads of God” pasta (only three women know how to make it). The best black bean fritter restaurant in Brazil. The world’s largest floating restaurant. A croissant museum in Poland. Focusing as much on food’s place in our lives as well as our bellies, the book covers history–the network of ancient Roman fish sauce factories. Culture–picture four million women gathering to make rice pudding. Travel–scale China’s Mount Hua to reach a sacred tea house. Festivals–chase a wheel of double Gloucester at Britain’s annual Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling competition. And such truly surprising delicacies as sturgeon spinal cord, blood tofu, stinkbug tacos, and more.