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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

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IMG_8318Raise your hand if you’re a raspberry fan! There’s something delightful about the sweet-but-tart taste of a good raspberry. What’s not so delightful? Having to wait an entire year for the next berry season. But don’t let your razzle dazzle fade just yet. Even with raspberry season come and gone, there’s still a way to enjoy a bit of berry delight. This chocolate raspberry smoothie provides a triple-powered serving of your favorite berry in the form of frozen raspberries, raspberry yogurt, and Radiant Raspberry Tea. And a touch of chocolate never hurts, right?

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
Yield: 2 Servings

¾ cup frozen raspberries
¾ cup Honest Radiant Raspberry Tea
6 oz. raspberry yogurt
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

Blend all ingredients in a blender until silky smooth. Sip and sigh with berry satisfaction.

A Pear-fect Treat: Honey Green Tea Poached Pears

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IMG_8298 - CopyWho’s in the mood for a pear-fect fall treat? We all enjoy a treat now and then, so why not use this occasion to add some fruit to your day? Like Honey Green Tea Poached Pears. In this recipe, pears are infused with the earthy elements of green tea and the vibrant quality of ginger. Sweetened with fruit and a touch of honey, you can be happy in enjoying a treat that is just a tad sweet.

Feature these pears as an impressive finish to an evening meal or simply as a fruit boost to your morning oatmeal. For best results, select a firm variety of pear such as Anjou or Bosc, which holds its shape during the slow cooking process but still lends a smooth, buttery texture when eaten. Happy fruitful eats!

Honey Green Tea Poached Pears
Yield: Serves 4 (1 half each)

1 bottle Honest Honey Green Tea
1-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
2 ripe pears, peeled, halved, and cored
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

Bring Honey Green Tea and ginger to a boil in a large, shallow pot. Reduce heat to a simmer and place pears cut-side down in liquid. Continue to simmer pears gently, occasionally spooning liquid over halves, for 15-20 minutes or until pears are tender. Allow to cool in liquid.

For an impressive dessert, serve pears with a drizzle of poaching liquid and a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on top.

Refresh Your Sole: Win Honest Tea Indosole Shoes!

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IMG_8767You’ve heard of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes. What about walking a mile in someone else’s tires? That is the concept behind Indosole, an Indonesia-based company that transforms trashed tires into fashionable footwear. Indonesia faces a very unique environmental problem in that its landfills are overcrowded by motorcycle tires. To combat this problem, Indosole salvages discarded tires, sanitizes them, cuts them to size, and makes them into the soles of shoes. Without any melting down or off-gassing involved, the transformation is an environmentally friendly process that eliminates lots of waste, but also gives it new life.

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Indosole uses locally-sourced materials to create a number of unique shoe designs, including a special edition pair inspired by Honest Tea! Want to make your own honest fashion statement and be part of the pollution solution? Find Honest Tea Indosole shoes now at participating universities, or enter to win your very own pair here.

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National Eat a Peach Day Recipe

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We happen to think the month August is peachy keen.  Why? Because August 22nd is National Eat a Peach Day!  Today is the ideal time to celebrate one of our most popular Honest brews, Peach White Tea.  Did you know that there is real, organic peach puree in every bottle of Peach White?  We think the sweet flavor of real peaches is the perfect complement to our Fair Trade Certified, organic tea.

We owe a lot to the organic peaches for making our brew such a tad sweet success.  To show some proper peach praise, we’ve created this Peaches & Cream smoothie in their honor!

Won’t you help us in raising a glass to our delicious organic peaches?

Peach Smoothie

Peaches & Cream Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

1 cup fresh, sliced peaches

¾ cup HONEST Peach White Tea

6 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt

½ cup ice cubes

Combine all 4 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Divide smoothie between two glasses.

Raise your glass, and then enjoy the peachy perfection.

The Life of a Summer Road Warrior

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What do you think of when you hear the word “college internship?” Perhaps thoughts of fixing the copy machine or delivering the office coffee order come to mind.  Often internships don’t turn out to be as exciting as you hoped.  That couldn’t be further from the truth at Honest Tea.  We thought we’d take the opportunity to give you a behind-the-scenes “peek” at what it takes to be a summer itern (affectionately known as “road warriors”) at Honest Tea. 

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We’re passionate about organic beverages, and we look for that same passion in our students.  Each summer we select 30 college students studying Marketing or Sales from across the country to travel to Honest Tea HQ.  For one week they receive intensive training from our Marketing Tea-m about our Mission, study our beverages, practice a little yoga and even enjoy a tea tasting with our TeaEO.  Oh yeah, and we have a lot of fun too.  After less than one week, they have been steeped in the Honest Tea Mission and excited to spread the word. 

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So why are they called road warriors? Glad you asked.  Our interns spend the most amount of time out in the field during the summer—from waking up at 5:30am to load in for a 5k running event to an evening tastemaker dinner featuring Pomegranate Blue, our Road Warriors act as our eyes and ears to what’s happening across the country, and where we should go next.  There’s hardly a dull moment—but business should be fun, right?  Especially when you’re serving organic refreshment. 

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Road warriors also have first-hand opportunities for sales experience—from learning how to set up a shelf display at a Whole Foods Market or pouring samples during lunch traffic at a Publix, they learn what it takes to interact not only with customers, but how retailers operate, what goes into a store’s sales strategy and the relationships they build.  You could say there’s a quiet sense of pride in all of us when we visit a store and find our beverages on the shelf…this is always followed by some small upkeep to make sure the shelf or display looks its absolute best.  It’s just part of our culture.  

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So if you happen to run across an Honest Tea Road Warrior this summer at the grocery store or a music festival near you, don’t hesitate to say hello.  We’d love to tell you a bit more about our Mission and pour you our favorite iced tea.  To stay up to date with where we’re headed this summer, click here: www.facebook.com/events.  If you’re interested in joining the Honest Tea Mission in summer 2015, send your resume and cover letter to: summerintern@honesttea.com

Seasons Pairings: Cauliflower Tots and Appley Ever After

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Join us for the month of December as we share delicious meals from a few of our favorite food bloggers paired with our top varieties.  Enjoy this perfect pairing courtesy of Skinny Taste.

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Check out this fun twist on your typical finger food! Kids love it and mom can feel good about it.  These cauliflower tots are sure to have your little ones (and big ones) coming back for seconds. Paired with Appley ever after to complete this fairy tale veggie delight meal.

Ready to get cookin’? Head over to Skinny Taste for the full recipe.

Recipe Alert: Winter Season’s Finest

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Cold winter days call for dishes that bring together the finest foods of the season. And adding a little color to the mix doesn’t hurt either. Our friends at Plated created this deliciously simple recipe that you can make at home: garlic-herb pork chops with roasted sweet potato mash and Unsweet Lemon Tea vinaigrette!

Ingredients:
3 sprigs rosemary
2 cloves garlic
1 lemon
2 pork chops (vegetarian? swap with this)
2 sweet potatoes
Spice mix (ground cumin, ground cloves, ground coriander)
Dijon mustard
1/2 cube butter
3 cups salad greens

What You Need At Home:
Aluminum Foil
Baking Sheet
Medium ovenproof skillet
5 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt
Black pepper

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1. Marinate Pork
Preheat oven to 425° F. Remove rosemary leaves from stems and finely chop leaves, discarding stems. Mince garlic. In a medium bowl, combine chopped rosemary, minced garlic, zest of 1 lemon, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Rinse pork chops and pat dry with paper towel.  Place pork on a plate and spoon marinade over. Allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes and up to 2 hours.

2. Roast Sweet Potatoes
Wash sweet potatoes, pat dry with paper towel, and cut into 1-inch dice. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and toss with spice mix and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, place in a single layer, and roast until browned and tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Prepare Dressing
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together juice of ½ lemon, Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon Honest Tea, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

4. Roast Pork
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium ovenproof skillet (preferably cast iron)over medium-high heat. When oil is just smoking, add pork chops and marinade. Cook until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer pan to oven and roast until pork is well browned and slightly pink on the inside, about 4 minutes.

5. Mash Sweet Potatoes
Remove cooked pork chops from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes exactly. Transfer roasted sweet potatoes to a large bowl and add butter. Mash with back of a large fork until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

6. Plate Pork
Add salad greens to bowl with dressing and toss to coat. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Divide sweet potato mash evenly between 2 plates and top with pork. Serve alongside salad.

P.S. Want this (and other!) delicious meals delivered to your door? Check out Plated for more information.  Fans of HONEST Tea receive $20 off one meal, simply plug in the promo code “20forhonesttea”!