Tea

  • Grocery Shopping Made Easy With Poundstretcher’s Grocery List

    Grocery shopping is, for the most part, a daunting task where money is concerned. A lot of emphasis is placed on the average cost of a weekly shop for a family of four, and sometimes it's tough to know what to buy.

    With the start of the academic school year upon us, the need for adding new packed lunch items starts to show itself on our shopping lists. There is even more to buy and the cost seems to go up and up.

    What if there was an easier way? A guide or list of grocery products to give you an idea of what you could be looking for, all for an affordable price? Well, that's what this blog post is all about!

    Breakfast

    Now, we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why not get the whole family eating something truly delicious and nutritious. You need a boost to get you through the morning, no, not just the morning, but the entire day. It all starts with a hearty dose of these Grain Classic Wheat Biscuits, they're great for everyone and go great with a splash of milk. Those and these Weetabix Weetaflakes are a great way to Carpe Diem.

    What if you need your breakfast on the go? Maybe you just wish to have it in the office later, or perhaps just want to feel the warm oaty taste of Oatburst? Here we have 3 delicious instant porridges for you to sample: original, golden syrup, and apple & blueberry.

    Work/Packed Lunch

    Whether it's for a child or adult, these items are all fantastically affordable that will make any lunch satisfying and filling.

    Let's start with some sandwich fillers. For a tasty treat that's bursting with delicious chocolatey goodness, why not give this Twix Chocolate Spread a try in a sandwich? Nothing screams a special lunchbox treat like some chocolate between bread.

    Or if you wish to go for something a little healthier you can try a sandwich with some Ocean Best TunaGreen Giant Sweetcorn, Baxters Beetroot, or Harwards Silverskin Onion inside, with a good dollop of Hellmans Mayo of course.

    Next, you should really have some fruit thrown in. These Del Monte Peach Halves (or Apricot if you prefer) are great for getting 1 of your 5 a day, that or this Del Monte Light Fruit Cocktail.

    Want a snack in there too? These Wagon Wheels come in a pack of 6 with 2 free, whilst these Higates Flapjacks come in 4 great flavours (white chocolate, original, chocolate, and coconut & cherry). And to top it all off, have these classic Space Raiders to give you that final treat you all deserve. Both the standard pickled onion and the beef flavours are still loved across the recent generations.

    Last, here come the drinks. Get hydrated with these fruity Perfectly Clear Spring Waters, coming in summer fruits, strawberry, and lemon and lime flavours. If water isn't really what you're looking for, then try these Maja Juice Drinks in either orange or multi-fruit. They come in a great pack of 10 and will last the entire week which equates to great packed lunch filler.

    Ready Made Lunches

    So, if you're at home instead (or you wish for a warm and quick meal at the office) then you're in luck! At Poundstretcher you can grab great branded products such as some Heinz Simmer Soup Cream of Chicken or their Tomato Chilli Pasta with a 5 minute cooking time, or these Mug Shot Snack Stops (in sweet and sour noodle, chicken noodle, cheese pasta, and tomato pasta flavours).

    Perhaps you're feeling rebellious and want some Pot Noodle in their Bombay Bad Boy taste sensation? Or Uncle Ben's Rice Time, a great quick-and-easy pot of rice with curry sauce (red Thai, green Thai, and Cantonese) that will give you that warm get-up-and-go feeling you need at lunchtime.

    If curry is more your thing there's also the Curry Express that'll take you on a tasty trip to Savouryville! There are numerous stops, such as korma, rogan josh, tikka masala, and jalfrezi, all that can satisfy anyone's hunger.

    Dinner

    Dinners can become a major hassle, deciding what to have, when to have it, etc. However, here Poundstretcher has a list of everything you would want to have for a weekly shop.

    Starting with pasta and spaghetti, it's something for the kids. These Crosse and Blackwell Kids Shapes come in a variety of different characters, such as those from Star Wars and Frozen. For penne pasta, we have Buitoni's very own. With some Amore plum or chopped tomatoes (or using some Ragu Traditional Chunky Bolognese Sauce),  you can have a tasty Italian dish with ease every time.

    Another day why not try something with rice? Blue Dragon Egg Fried Rice to be exact, or maybe Patak's Pilau Rice instead. With your carbs in place, you can start to add Mai Thai Coconut Milk with some herbs, spices, and chicken to make a delicious Thai curry. It's either that or using Patak's Mild Curry Sauce for a delectable Indian-style delight (with naan and poppadoms, of course).

    There are also fast and convenient dinners available to you. Take this Al'fez Moroccan Easy Cook Meal Kit, which has everything you need to make a tasty meal for two. Pair them up (or any other meal) with peas and beans from Bonners and you have yourself a healthier and greener meal.

    There are so many cupboard-fillers that can be used to make great dinners even better. They include Batchelors Mushy Peas, Goldenfry's Dumpling MixYorkshire Pudding & Pancake Mix, and Gravy Beef Mix.

    Not to mention all the condiments and seasonings you could be adding in, like Heinz Tomato Ketchup and HP Garlic BBQ Sauce. Don't forget the Saxa White Pepper and Salt, Vinegar (great with some chips), and everything from Natural Herbs & Spices.

    Also, what cupboard would be complete without some Flora Pure Sunflower Oil, flour (self-raising and plain) and some sugar?

    Snacks & Drinks

    Now onto the treats and drinks. At Poundstretcher you can be assured you will find coffee, tea, biscuits, and more all for an affordable price. Even whilst on a budget you can still enjoy something sweet and indulge.

    For example, why not get your Bake-Off fix with some baking? These adorable Shaun the Sheep cakes can be made using a simple cake mix. What better way to quench the thirst after a job well done than with some Jucee Summer Fruits with no added sugar.

    If you don't want cordial, then there's Lyons gold roast coffee, Typhoo 100 round tea bags, and Pepsi Max in a 1.5l bottle. Add some Carnation Evaporated Milk and then dunk in some delicious biscuits for a great way to spend the afternoon.

    The List

    Like what you see so far? Well then, get a load of this! This printable grocery list is something you could take with you next time you visit Poundstretcher. It's perfect for those on a budget, with a price range of around £30-£40.

    Unsure where your nearest store is? Our Store Finder will help give you directions and show you opening times of your local store!

    Printable Grocery List: Shopping Made Easy With Poundstretcher

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  • What You May Not Know About Tea

    Tea. It’s an ever important beverage here in the UK. We as a nation drink 165 million cups of tea on a daily basis; that's 60.2 billion being sipped on every year according to the UK Tea & Infusions Association. That’s a lot of brew!

    I think C. S. Lewis said it best: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

    It's true we are a tea-loving nation, but do you think you know all there is about it? You might drink it every day, you swear by the stuff, and you know your oolong from your pu-erh. So, do you think that makes you some kind of expert? Well, maybe you are, but why don’t you try and see how many of these facts you know? On one hand, you may just learn something, and if not then you can have the satisfaction of gloating. It’s win-win.

    Where Tea Originated

    Despite our nation being synonymous with tea, many others around the world had sampled and adored the beverage first. Long before we even began to enjoy a nice cuppa and a biscuit, tea was being drunk as a medicinal drink in Southwest China as early as the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). However, if you wish to believe in legends then the tale of tea goes back even further.

    In 2737 BC, the Emporer of China and renowned herbologist, Shen Nung, had been waiting within the shade of a tree for his boiled drinking water. It was at that point leaves blew down and rested atop the water, infusing the flavour into it. It was there Shen Nung sampled it, and in a stroke of serendipity the drink we call tea was born. Turns out, that very tree was a Camellia Sinensis (the same plant we use to make tea today).

    Whether or not this was true, the fact that tea was huge in China is no understatement. It even ranked up to being a recreational drink throughout the Tang dynasty (618 AD - 906 AD) and became their go-to national drink of choice. From there, Japanese Buddhist monks came over before introducing it back home in Japan (another nation where tea was a foundation of their culture).

    Despite this, it wasn't until the latter half of the 16th Century when Europeans began to hear of this exotic beverage. It was something of a curiosity gifted from sailors as the British East India Company dominated the import market. This stayed that way until the mid-1600's when tea became known as a drink for the wealthy. This was due to the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza who was a huge tea fanatic and made it hip and fashionable.

    How Tea Plants Grow

    Tea plants, Camellia Sinensis, are evergreens that mainly grow in the wilds of tropical and subtropical climates. However, did you know you can grow your own tea here in the UK? It's true! After all, the plant originates from the damp, cool mountains of China. People all across our nation have been growing their own for quite a while.

    Taken from seeds and cuttings, it takes between 4 to 12 years for a tea plant to bear seeds. After that, you add on another 3 so they can be ready for harvest. The growth is best with acidic soils and naturally require at least 127cm of rain a year with elevations of up to 1,500m above sea level. They can grow up to 16m if left undisturbed, though are trimmed to waist-height when grown to be harvested.

    If you are planning to grow your own tea you needn't worry about the elevation. Whilst the height provides a better flavour to the leaves (due to the higher up it is planted means it will grow slower), it isn't a necessary factor. What is important is to keep the plant in plenty of sunlight and keep them sheltered from the harsh British weather until they become taller (anything past 1m and they can fend for themselves outside).

    Which Teas Help Burn Fat?

    There's growing tea, and there's drinking it; it's the latter you'd care more about, right? Well, tea has so many wonderful benefits to it. There's more to this long-time favourite than just having something warm to sip on when it's cold or a drink to accompany your afternoon biscuit(s).

    For instance, take burning fat; it's something more people are becoming concerned about and are turning to tea for help. However, you need the right type first to better gain the desired effects.

    Most teas are great at helping with managing your figure; be it to give your metabolism a little boost, reduce bloating, help burn calories easily, or shut down the need for snacking. It's a wonderful drink, but there are teas that work better than most. These would be the likes of pu-erh, oolong, and rooibos.

    Pu-erh, a fermented Chinese tea, is great for reducing belly fat and lowering the amount of fat in the blood. The same can be said about rooibos tea, a sweet drink made from leaves from the Rooibos bush in South Africa. It's said that the polyphenols and flavonoids found in it inhibit the forming of new fat cells, and is a great way to kick-start your metabolism.

    Now here's one that's quite well known; oolong tea. This drink is rich in antioxidants and is a traditional Chinese tea. It can assist in controlling cholesterol, boosts metabolism, and aids digestion. It's what you'd expect from the land where tea was originated and used as medicine, right?

    It's also full of catechins that help you burn fat quickly, even so much as a pound a week according to a six-week Chinese study. Paired with exercise and healthy eating, all it takes it sipping some tea now and then to really aid in your endeavours.

    Which Tea Doesn’t Have Caffeine?

    Now, certain teas might claim to be decaf, in which it doesn't have any caffeine in. However, whilst it is true that they have significantly fewer amounts compared to non-decaf, there are still traces of caffeine that remain. So, it's not caffeine-free, is it?

    But don't lose hope! There does exist a tea out there that has no caffeine in it whatsoever, and it's fantastic for you health-wise. It's a tea you've bound to have heard of: herbal tea.

    Be it a sweet peppermint, a calming chamomile, or a sharp ginger tea, all of these are great for being non-caffeinated. So, you can enjoy a nice refreshing hot drink, whilst not pumping your body full of caffeine. Oh, and all of these are great for digestive issues, whilst peppermint especially helps clear nasal passages, chamomile is great for anxiety, and ginger is perfect for nausea.

    Which Tea Has The Most Antioxidants?

    Now, we've all heard of antioxidants, right? They're found in fresh fruits and vegetables, alongside tea. They have great health benefits such as clearing out unwanted things from your bloodstream and have been known to reduce the signs of ageing by minimising wrinkles. They even can help your mind by relieving stress.

    So, which teas are best when you want more antioxidants in your diet? Well, it's the coloured teas that are what you're looking for; black, green and white. They all offer the same cardiovascular benefits, with each having a slight difference.

    To start with, black tea is the most oxidised of them all. Though, it still contains a similar amount of antioxidants as it did before it went through oxidisation. It's said that drinking 3 or more cups a day may actually reduce the risk of a heart attack and promotes blood vessel relaxation. However, it contains more caffeine than green tea and contains a lot of polyphenols. It all depends on what you want out of your drink and your sense of taste.

    White tea is similar to the above, though due to it being dried in natural sunlight, it means that the catechin levels are much higher, but lowers tannins levels, which affects the taste and consistency.

    At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter which one you drink. There isn't an overall 'best tea' that is superior to everything. The taste, the caffeine content, the availability, even the cost, all of these make a big difference but all the teas provide the same health benefits. They can reduce the risk of cancer, helps the skin look its best, boosts your immune system and promotes a healthy heart.

    Which Tea Is Best For A Cold?

    Now, despite the sun being out (for the most part) the risk of colds are of course still around. Being a hot drink you'd assume that tea would be great to drink to help chase away nasty infections; but which one do you go for?

    Well, like before there are many that help boosts your immune system (remember the above?). However, so I'm not repeating myself you can find lemongrass, ginger, and peppermint(that delightful menthol helps break up congestion) teas are fantastic at clearing out your nasal passages. The above also serve as calming and refreshing throat soothers. There's nothing like that wonderful warm feeling that comforts your body after a nice cup of ginger tea.

    Tea with honey is also a great defence when you have a cold. Pair that up with some white or green tea to destroy pathogenic bacteria, and you'll be feeling better in no time.

    Which Tea Is Good For Sleep?

    Sleep is an important part of your health. We don't get enough of it. There are many ways to assist you in getting you to sleep peacefully. Those delightful rain/thunderstorm soundtracks on YouTube are one way, but tea can also be the saviour in helping you get some shut-eye!

    Good amounts of sleep (but also sleep that is great quality) impacts positively on your body. It helps give your body rest and a chance to repair itself. There are many teas that you could use, such as chamomile or herbal teas. With their soothing fragrance and taste it can work wonders. In fact, anything that has that calming effect is great to have when you're in bed with a good book.

    However, valerian tea is a herb that can be paired with tea for fantastic results. It can help those with insomnia, anxiety, and psychological stress and acts as a natural sedative.

    So there we have it, a small array of tea facts and advice to help you make the most out of Britain's favourite drink. Did you know all of the above? Was there anything in there new that you could apply to your tea-drinking life? How about one more little tidbit? There are an estimated 1,500 varieties of Camellia sinensis out there. Now, whilst we at Poundstretcher don't carry every single known one, we do sell all the top products such as Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, and PG Tips!

    Has all this tea talk made you thirsty? If so then why not see where your nearest local Poundstretcher is? Get out your tea cosy, and mosey on over by using our handy dandy Store Finder to grab some bargains in no time! It'll really hit the spot.

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