5 Reasons to Smile

“I love smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.” So said comedian Will Ferrel as the jubilant (if out-of-place) Elf in the film of the same name. If you type the words “Smile song lyrics” into Google search, the results are about 52,200,000.

Clearly, smiling is a lot of people’s favorite. Even people who have lost their sight or who have never seen a smile, do it in response to pleasure, humor or just pure joy. New parents can always recall the first time they saw their newborn child crack one of those gummy smiles. Even some animals appear to smile — the internet features thousands of videos of dogs, cats, dolphins and other critters seemingly grinning with glee.

Not everyone enjoys a good smile. Why? Maybe they don’t like the gap between their front teeth, or they’re embarrassed about their not-so pearly whites. As a result, some people – sadly – spend their entire lives covering or even stifling their smile.

We’d like to help put a smile on the face of everyone, so here are our 5 Top Tips on how to ensure your smile stays as bright and white and gorgeous as possible:

  1. Always brush your teeth between meals.
  2. Try to floss daily, as your dentist always advises. The trick is to find the flossing product of method that works best for you– it’s always easier to stick to something you don’t mind doing.
  3. New habits take around 21 days to make– so if you haven’t flossed in years, try the 21 day test.
  4. Invest in a good toothbrush– electric is what most dental professionals recommend. But if you have sensitive gums or any issues, maybe a good non-electric toothbrush is right for you. Always ask your dentist or hygienist.
  5. Use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Rae’s Café features OG Smile– a natural alternative to your supermarket and drug store brands that contains no harmful additives.

OG Smile is a minty fresh toothpaste developed for the special care of teeth and gums. It features natural products that promote oral health and leave teeth whiter and breath fresher. It also contains Ganoderma powder, a prized ancient Chinese herbal remedy that is one of nature’s richest sources of beneficial antioxidants. In the words of Charlie Chaplin, in that famous tune, Smile:

Light up your face with gladness

Hide every trace of sadness

Although a tear, may be ever so near

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile, what’s the use of crying

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile

If you just smile.

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Red Tea- Rae’s Way

This revitalizing tea blends the finest organic red tea leaves with two ingredients long revered in China for their beneficial properties — our signature organic Ganoderma lucidum and Cordyceps militaris — for a cup of tea that is refreshing, uplifting and positively balancing.

When Organo Gold references “red tea”, we mean red tea in the traditional Asian terminology. You see, while in the West we refer to the color of the tea leaves, and thus call it “black tea” — in China, Korea and Japan, the characters that make up the literal words “red tea” refers to the color of the infused drink itself. So, that’s why what some people in Western countries think of as “black tea” is dubbed “red tea” in the Cafe family.

Another kind of red “tea”, or what is often known in the West as Rooibos tea, isn’t technically a tea, because it comes from an entirely different plant, the Aspalathus linearis or the red bush “Rooibos” plant from South Africa. This isn’t related at all to the traditional Camellia sinensis tea plant, and thus is technically a herbal tea, tisane or herbal infusion as opposed to a traditional “tea”.

One of our favorite recipes, using OG Organic Red Tea, is ideal for cool winter days — or can be served iced in warmer climates. We whip up a batch of OG Red Tea, then simply add a few slices of lemon, some lemon zest, a few sprigs of fresh mint and some freshly sliced or grated ginger root. The ginger, lemon and mint add a refreshing flavor, as well as adding nutrients and a bit of “zing”!

RECIPE: Zesty Red Tea

Serve warm in winter or iced in summer.

Ingredients:

4 sachets of OG Organic Red Tea

32 oz. water

(or 8 oz. water for every sachet of red tea)

 Method:

  • Dissolve the sachets of OG Organic Red Tea in freshly boiled water.
  • Slice up fresh lemons, and zest some of the lemon rind.
  • Rinse sprigs of fresh mint in water, then slap or crush slightly with hands.
  • Peel a fresh ginger root and slice thinly or grate using a lemon zester or microplane grater.
  • Stir the lemon, lemon zest, mint, and ginger into the brewed tea.
  • Add a spoonful of your favorite honey (or if vegan you can substitute agave or brown rice syrup).

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Pineapple Mint Green Tea Smoothie

The sun is coming out, the seasons have changed, and you’re in need of a refreshing and delicious drink. As Mother Nature handles the first two items, we’re more than happy to provide you with the third.

For today’s Barista Bulletin, we decided to welcome in the sunny weather with a tropical fruit that’s known just as much for its intimidating exterior as it is for its citrusy flavor.

It’s time to break out the blender and enjoy as one of our signature products gets a tropical twist.

Pineapple Mint Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

-8-10 oz of fresh, ripe pineapple

-1 pear

-Large handful of baby spinach leaves

-Half a handful of fresh mint (you can throw in the stalks too)

-1/2 cup of cooled down Organic Green Tea

-Large handful of ice

Steps:

-Chop up the fruit roughly and chuck everything into a blender.

-Whizz the heck out of it.

-Go slowly up to speed 10 and then blend for about one and a half to two minutes

-Make sure it’s all smooth.

-Pour into glasses

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Enjoy!