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Most vegans have worked well around their dietary restrictions for a long time, but if you’re not vegan yourself, you might think that vegan food is simply too limited, plain boring or “too healthy” for anyone. But give it a chance and you might just be surprised at the myriad of creative and mind-blowingly tasty dishes that vegan chefs can come up with!

For working adults, it can be especially difficult to find vegan options for your 1 hour lunch break. So, we found a list of the top vegan cafés or dining choices in Singapore for you, specifically near the CBD area or in town.

1. Loving Hut

A purely vegan eatery with a healthy and extensive Asian local menu, Loving Hut is a favourite amongst vegans in Singapore. You can be sure that their food affords healthier options with lower calories at great affordable prices.

With a rich broth made up of coconut milk and organic soymilk, their Nyona Laksa Lemak ($8.90) only hits 462 kCal and it’s definitely a top favourite among customers. Papa’s Portobello Burger ($14.90) is also proof that a 500 kCal creative and tasty vegan recipe can exist. They replace typical beef burger patties with a grilled and juicy Portobello mushroom, beautifully marinated in herbs and olive oil.

Loving Hut also has weekday specials serving up different Asian delights everyday – Sesame Chicken Claypot Rice ($9.90), Vegan O-Luak ($12.90), Nyonya Mee Siam ($9.90) and many more.

Address: 229 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427489
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm  – 9:30pm (Mon to Fri) | 11:30am – 9:30pm (Sat/Sun/PH)
Tel: 6348 6318

 

2. Whole Earth

 

Whole Earth is Singapore’s one and only Peranakan-Thai vegetarian restaurant that caters to vegan diners as well. Though their dishes are extremely niche, their delectable dishes  with vegetable, legumes and grains have caught the attention of customers beyond vegetarians and vegans. Some of their signature favourite classics include their Penang Rendang, Sambal King, Olive Rice and Handmade Honey Lotus Roots. Whole Earth and their plant-based cooking has passed the test of time of 15 years since its opening in 2003, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in town and looking for vegan food options!

Address: 76 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079331
Opening hours: 11.30 am – 3pm (last order 2.30pm), 5.30 – 10pm (last order 9.15pm)
Tel:  +65 6221 6583

 

3. Real Food

Often packed during the weekday lunch hours, Real Food is a well-known restaurant name amidst this growing organic food trend. From all-day breakfast to pasta and noodles, from sweet potato fries to salads and soups, their menu provides a hearty spread of high quality food. For starters, go for their salads, or if you’re feeling for a savoury treat, be sure to try their sweet potatoes and potato fries – crunchy on the outside, adequately spiced and fried in healthy high-oleic sunflower oil. For mains, we would recommend their fried egg noodles, which sounds simple but is delightful nonetheless, and their wonton dumplings served in a simple but tasty broth. Vegans with a sweet tooth would also enjoy their vegan dessert menu. The relaxing ambience also provides a refuge in town from a busy day at work.

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #02-16 to 19 Orchard Central, 238896
Opening hours: 10 am – 8:45 pm
Address:10 Sinaran Drive, #B1-105/106/129 Square 2, 307506
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Address: #B1-19, 26 Beach Rd, Singapore 189768
Hours: 10AM  –  9.30PM

 

4. Café Salivation

Café Salivation is just as their name says it. Throwing in the freshest ingredients with a focus on healthy vegetarian cooking options in their dishes, you can expect this quaint café to be simple, delightful yet nourishing for your body. With vegan, gluten-free and even options for those who don’t consumer onion and garlic, you’re sure to find something for yourself. Oriental Brown Rice Noodle ($15), Penne Arabiatta ($13), Thai Green or Red Curry ($15) are just some of the wide spread of vegan options. Located near the CBD area at Little India, Café Salivation is a convenient dining place to pop by during your lunch break. Drop by from 11am to 2pm to check out their menu and grab their affordable set lunches.

Address176 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218607
Opening Hours10 am – 10:30 pm
Tel: 6298 1412

 

5. Genesis Vegan Restaurant

Genesis Vegan Restaurant is a restaurant fuelled by passion, with the owner herself turning vegan when she was only 9 years old. With an emphasis on whole grains and high fibre ingredients, their menu is not only wholesome, aromatic and savoury, but hearsay that it has the potential to convert people into vegans. One of their must-try top favourite dishes is their Dumplings with Capsicum Sauce ($6 for 6), with mock meat and mushroom fillings freshly made every morning. Some other mouth-watering items on the menu that will prove that a meat-free diet works are their Lasagne ($9.90) made from vegan cheese, lentils and tomatoes, the Claypot Organic Wholemeal Noodles ($7.90) and a smooth tangy Tofu Cheesecake ($4.50).

Address: 115 Owen Road, Singapore 218922
Opening Hours: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm (Sun to Thu) | 11am - 3pm (Fri) | Closed on Sat
Telephone: 6438 7118

 

6. Afterglow (vegan options)

A hipster-looking café with a rustic interior, Afterglow is definitely one of those cafes you would visit while café-hopping – but yet, it’s more than just another classic café. Serving up an interesting vegetarian and vegan food spread, this café brings a new twist to your typical everyday café food, not to mention the effort put into crafting dishes of different themes. Think: almond crust pizza, almond sushi rice, plant-based food, walnut meatballs. One of their popular items often recommended is their Basic Alfredo Pizza ($22) topped with a pesto cashew spread. Located in the CBD, be prepared to pay a little more for these one-of-a-kind dishes made from fresh and natural ingredients.

Address: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Opening Hours: 12pm - 2.30pm, 5.30 - 10.30pm (Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat) | 5.30 - 10.30pm (Wed, Thu)
Telephone: 6224 8921

7. nomVnom

nomVnom bags the prize for the prettiest-looking vegan burgers in the CBD. Burgerscraper is a lean stack of ingredients, including their mushroom patty, tomatoes, crispy golden rings and beautifully decorated with edible blue pea flowers. Beetroot Mame Burger was another that caught our eye with its bright dash of pink beetroot patty. Apart from burgers, they serve up pastas, fries, soups as well. Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($10.90), Bolognese Pasta ($10.90), Spinach Linguine ($10.90) – check out their scrumptious yet affordable spread yourself during your lunch breaks at any of their two CBD outlets.

Address: Central Clarke Quay, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-44, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm
Tel: 6224 4996
 Address:  18 Tai Seng Street #B1-02, Singapore 529775
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm
Tel: 6348 9678

8. Herbivore (Vegetarian, with vegan options)

You’d think a Japanese restaurant would be full of raw sashimi and meat, but Herbivore is the first vegetarian Japanese-Western restaurant, with vegan menu options, in Singapore. Located at Middle Road, near Bugis, this restaurant should be visited by anyone looking for vegan options in the CBD. With a widespread of vegan dishes, their menu will leave you undecided about what you should have for lunch. There’s one thing you should definitely try though ­– their Avocado Maki ($14) with mock unagi and salmon. Remember to let them know you’re vegan to avoid any dairy products in your lunch!

Address: Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road, #01-13/14, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours: 11:30am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm (Mon to Fri) | 11:30am - 10pm (Sat/Sun/PH)
Tel:  6333 1612

As a fresh new 2018 starts, we all know what comes next: New Year Resolutions. Let's be honest - we never stick to the resolutions we make and often forget about them three months into the new year.

If one resolution of yours has always been eating healthy, and you've always found it a near impossible task to include bitter greens into your diet, these 5 Vegan influencers from Singapore will definitely change your mind and introduce a whole new concept of 'healthy eating'.

Vegan food doesn't just comprise of soggy oatmeal and drab greens -- these 5 Singaporeans will sweep you off your feet with their drool-worthy creations. Just a warning, you might be a convert by the end of this post.

 

@jaslyngoh

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Kick starting my day with an oat bowl which turned out to be perfect because it is raining heavily right now ⛈ Cooked my oats with chia seeds and rice mylk and poured it into my @coconarts bowl (mine’s the giant classic coconut bowl). Topped it off with @zesprikiwifruit gold kiwi, pomegranate, blueberries, @navitasorganics hemp seeds, @naturespathorganic granola, and lastly, “berries & hibiscus” chocolate squares from @pana_chocolate x @t2tea. Wow that was a handful 🤣 Finished every bit of it and loved how the chocolate squares melted over my piping hot oats 😋 #jaslyngohdishes #panachocolate #t2tea #coconarts #oatmealbowl #oatbowl

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As one of the familiar faces in the Singapore vegan community, Jaslyn truly embodies the passion and love for real food. Apart from posting her delectable creations and meals on her Instagram page, Jaslyn is also the brainchild of @souleygreen, Singapore's first online vegan mart.

She shares on her blog about her motivation behind this venture - when she first started out as a vegan in 2014, it was difficult for her to get cruelty-free and plant-based products at one place. Often, Jaslyn had to hop between various stores to purchase her necessities, and shop online for certain products that Singapore did not carry at that time. Thus, to bridge the gap between brands and consumers and make the vegan lifestyle more accessible, Jaslyn opened Souley Green.

Although her Instagram feed isn't dominated by vegan food, her spirit and passion for veganism still shines through, and will definitely inspire you to eat healthy, if not try veganism out!

 

@_findingnicole 

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🎉 GIVEAWAY 🎉 (open for Singapore residents only) • As you guys probably already know, I love serving my meals in coconut bowls because; they're eco-friendly, they're handmade with so much love and they simply make any meal look so good! In the spirit of giving this holiday season, I've teamed up with @coconarts to give away one bowl & one spoon to one lucky individual! All you have to do is: - Follow myself & @coconarts - Tag 2 friends and share what you love most about Christmas!🎄🎊 - You can enter as many times as you like, just tag different people! - Giveaway ends on Tuesday (12/12, lucky date so hopefully you're the lucky one 😉) All the best!!! 💘

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With Nicole's bright and colourful Instagram feed, your eyes will be in for a treat as you spend the next hour scrolling through the page, wondering how vegan food can look so delicious. Her unique creations of 'unicorn' tofu mousse and immaculate pancake stacks will definitely leave you drooling. Behind her bright and eye-catching photos, however, lies a touching and inspiring story of how she became vegan.

2 years ago, Nicole was struggling with an eating disorder, depriving herself of nutrition and happiness as she convinced herself that she was still 'too big'. Upon discovering veganism, she decided to pull herself out of the void of eating disorders. She realised that her body was a vessel that kept her alive, and the food she consumed gave her fuel to live. Thus, she filled herself with plant-based food that keeps her full and healthy, and encourages her followers switch to a plant-based diet as well.

 

@tumblinbumblincrumblincookie

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Vegan peanut butter, chocolate chip and double chocolate cookies made with @mayversfood (the general concept is that the more cookies you consume, the higher the chances of becoming a smart cookie, since you are what you eat, yes science doesn’t work that way but we can all dream). Hello friends, hope all of you had merry celebrations and overate ridiculously but in a good way! Had a break to scrape my mind together which meant a lot of ugly oatmeal bowls and watching too many films per day on the couch and reading. It’s been nice to let my kitchen faculties get back into order. With so little of the year left, seize the day and eat as many cookies as you like to redeem 2017! Sending you love ❤️ (PS - thank you guys for being so supportive. can’t wait to share with you video projects, recipes, more photos and everything under the sun. thank you for giving me this space to make ☺️)

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Lin's vegan creations are simply out of this world - simply take a look at her vegan spiced pumpkin cinnamon rolls and vegan peppermint dark chocolate tart - who knew such decadent desserts could be vegan? The best part is that she shares the recipes for all these goodness on her blog, accompanied with her stellar writing which she uses to dish out her thoughts and feelings about her daily life, which is so relatable.

 

@simplyalphonsine

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Black sesame smoothie #throwback✨💕 I haven't been able to make pretty food like this recently because I've been so busy 💆🏻🥀 Still I hope everyone's been eating well and feeling super fab 🌈☀️ What are your favorite foods to eat lately? 😋 I can't wait to get back to smoothies because I got a new blender! All I need now are some frozen bananas 🍌🍌🍌😌❄️

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Alphonsine shares her vegan journey through clean and minimal shots of delectable food on her Instagram page. Apart from posting on her Instagram, she also operates a YouTube channel where she shares recipes and various tips on saving money as a vegan. We all know how expensive Acai bowls can get!

 

@veganishappiness

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Hello everyone!!!! How have everyone been doing?😭 Sorry for being so inactive these days but things will get back on track soon!! Anyway!! I made this smokey BBQ Burger because I LOVE anything BBQ 👅 homemade Patty with a sweet and smokey BBQ sauce topped with caramelised onions ☺️ PARTY IN MY MOUTH👅

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Another familiar face to the vegan community, Lee Ting shares various places to visit for delicious vegan and vegetarian food. Despite her young age, she is yet another hustling entrepreneur - she recently opened her own vegan cafe, Soul Alife, in December. Now we know where to get our fix of vegan mac and cheese!

Tea infused desserts are beautiful to look at and wonderful to taste. Whether it’s a hint of orange and chamomile tea or chai tea in your food, the flavours never fail to disappoint your taste buds. There are many tea-infused desserts out on the Internet but many recipes make use of the classic tea flavours such as white tea and the likes – sure, the benefits of green tea are undeniable, but there are many more flavours out there that are equally beneficial and delicious!

Nilufer offers you unique organic tea with flavours that are different from your usual brands like yogi tea – even the packaging is an artwork by itself. Say goodbye to searching for green tea benefits or looking up recipes for chai tea or white tea or other yogi tea options because things about to become a whole lot flavourful!


Have a cup of tea with some ginger rooibos tea flavoured shortbreads

So, why not start small and check out some simple tea infused desserts that are out of the tea cup and beyond the search for green tea benefits? For the following dessert recipes, it isn’t necessary for you to have a tea infuser, tea set or even green tea extract – just grab a tea cup and Nilufer’s tea bags.

Shortbreads come in a variety of shapes, sizes and now flavours as well! It could go well with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning or snacks at a party. Put aside your white tea or chai tea because ginger rooibos tea is the new shortbread flavour to taste and challenges the benefits of green tea. Less bitter than white tea and other herbal teas, ginger rooibos tea will come out to be a whole new world of delicious-ness!

Rose tea infused madeleines with a side of milk

Madeleines are delicious and we’re infusing rose tea into them so they become delicious as well! Forget about having to use green tea extract or white tea or chai tea because rose tea infused madeleines will be on another level. Almost everyone would know the benefits of green tea by now but did you know that rose as an ingredient can help restore peace to your mind? Leave your yogi tea flavours and green tea benefits list aside because Nilufer’s rose tea will make fragrant and delicate-looking madeleines that will go hand in hand with a glass of cold or warm milk.

A tea cup full of homemade orange and chamomile tea flavoured ice cream

Ice cream with green tea extract is common, but orange and chamomile tea flavoured ones aren’t! People can go on about the benefits of green tea or yogi tea all day - orange and chamomile tea will challenge it. Orange and chamomile tea infused ice cream adds a little zest in the flavour while helping to calm your body down at the end of the work day. Have a scoop (or two, we won’t judge) in a tea cup while you wind down for the day. While you don’t need a full tea set for this, a tea infuser could help bring out more flavour if you like a little more floral zest in your tea cup of delight!

Floral blossom tea ice cubes to cool your beverages

This isn’t much of a dessert but these are so delightful that I had to share them. It’s one recipe that doesn’t involve classic yogi tea flavours, chai tea, green tea extract or searching for the benefits of green tea. Again, no tea set needed, but a tea infuser can bring out a stronger flavour. Green tea extract and green tea benefits will not be on your mind once you pop these ice cubes in a glass a drink of your choice.

A tea infuser or tea set could be useful if you’re looking to use these recipes for parties, but don’t worry if you don’t have a tea infuser or tea set – just steep those tea bags longer! Green tea benefits are undeniable, but there’re more teas out there that bring relief to the mind or body, and make delicious infusions in many recipes!

We would like to thank Cherilyn from All things Vegan sg  for allowing us to steal her wonderful sweet treat recipes to share will all our Nilufer Tea Blog readers!  Cherilyn is a vegan living in Singapore and is very passionate about veganism and would like to share the love with everyone ?
Check out her blog to learn more about the Vegan lifestyle and learn more about how Vegans in Singapore are doing it!
 

 Healthy and delicious Vegan Unicorn Cupcakes and Pancakes Recipes

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So lately I've been seeing so many unicorn cupcakes on social media and I decided to try making some hella cute cupcakes as well. Click on to view how to make these little unicorn ?  cupcakes!

Unicorn Cupcakes ?

Prep time: 1hour       Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients:
Vanilla Sprinkled Cupcakes

Frosting

Decorations:
View Cupcake Jemma's video here.
Instructions:
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius.
2. Add the apple cider vinegar to the non-dairy milk. leave it to curdle.
3. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until combined and fluffy.
4. Sift over the butter and sugar mixture alternating with the milk mixture. Blend until no lumps are present.
5. Add sprinkles and use a wooden spoon to carefully mix the sprinkles into the batter. OR use a spatula to fold it in.
6. Place the batter into 15 cupcake holders.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
For the frosting:
1. Cream the butter until creamy and light in colour.
2. Sift in the icing sugar and add in the vanilla extract.
3. Divide the batter into 4 separate bowls and add in food gel. ( each colour for each bowl )
4. Use a cling wrap and lay it out.
5. Place strips of the different coloured icing onto the cling wrap and roll it up.
Refer to cupcake Jemma's youtube video on unicorn cupcakes to learn how to do the icing and the decorations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW6nIhcNDbs
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WHOLEWHEAT BANANA PANCAKES

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This recipe for pancakes is absolutely amazing. They make the perfect breakfast if you are craving for something warm and sweet. It is simple and very yummy. It can be made really quickly so time isn't a problem at all! I personally love these pancakes as they are super easy to make and satisfies my taste buds. So here they are!
Remember, if you do make them, please tag me on Instagram@cherealkiller! I would love to see those delicious pancakes that you have made. I have a video posted on youtube here.
Prep time: 15 mins          Cooking time: 10 mins
Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Warm 60ml of soya milk in the microwave or in a small pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the flax meal in a bowl, add the warmed milk, stir well, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the apple cider vinegar into the remaining soya milk and set aside to thicken and curdle.
  4. In another small bowl, mash the banana with the brown sugar, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  5. Whisk in the flax mixture, curdled soya milk into the banana mixture and blend well.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wholemeal flour, buckwheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the wet ingredients until just combined and fold in the nuts (optional). The mixture should have a thick consistency.
  7. Heat a frying pan or a cast iron griddle over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles and evaporates immediately.
  8. Lightly oil the griddle and drop scoops of batter to your liking. Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes. Carefully flip the pancakes and cook further for about 1.5 mins. Grease the pan a little between each batch to prevent sticking.
  9. Serve the pancakes with maple syrup and berries (optional)

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Nilufer Tea has been on the hunt for collaborations with vegan bloggers and instagrammers in Singapore and we are elated to be able to receive such positive and wonderful feedback about our tea from these influencers who share the same ethical visions as we do. In the weeks to come, we will be featuring numerous influencers on our blog and sharing a little bit about them so our readers and Nilu-fans can get a little inspiration to stay fit and get motivation to go on a healthier diet. We are also doing a little tea giveaway on a few of their accounts, so stay tuned for more information and tag your friends and family!

This week's influencer is @THRIVEORIGIN

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These were beary nice 🤤

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I get asked alot why I'm always laughing or smiling and just appear so carefree these days. Well, we all have our own problems but it is how we choose to react to it that makes us who we are. And let's be honest, happiness is not given. I choose to be happy because life's too short to mull over things that won't matter in the end. To be able to wake up each day and see my loved ones makes me happy. So does having enough food and a shelter over my head. It's not how much we have but how much we enjoy that makes us happy.

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Also known as Cheryl, is a vegan blogger, vlogger and instagrammer from Singapore. If you are looking for some inspiration for breakfast bowl recipes, how to take very aesthetically pleasing photos of your food as well as food recommendations in Singapore for vegans, her account is the place to gain some inspiration. Find out how she avoids non-vegan foods and how she goes about her daily life as a vegan in Singapore. Her photos have a real rustic and vintage effect to them which I really like personally.

And we got featured several times on her account as well. Thank you for choosing to collaborate with us, Cheryl!

Are you a health/ fitness blogger who is keen to collaborate with us? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to collaborate with.

Sounds like you?  Do pop us a mail at info@nilufertea.com.

When it comes to organic herbal tea, there’s more than meets the eye. Herbal teas pack a punch when it comes to health benefits. Here are some interesting facts about herbal teas that you may not have known about!

Rose Tea: Relief for Menstrual pain

The mention of roses conjures romantic images of flower bouquets or petal-strewn beds, but rose tea also helps alleviate menstrual cramps. This sweet tea improves blood circulation, which helps regulate menstruation and relieve any pain. Rose tea is recommended to be drunk before and during one’s period to ease any heavy blood flow and make your period more comfortable.

Treat yourself to a brew of rose tea when you anticipate that time of the month coming. The floral aroma and sweet palate of our rose paradise tea is sure to please your senses. What a better way to indulge than knowing you’re doing your health a favour as well!

Chamomile Tea: Secret to Silky locks

An organic herbal tea made out of dried chamomile flowers, this infusion can help revitalize dull, tired-looking hair. Chamomile tea can help strengthen your hair, giving it a glossier look. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile tea also help relieve any scalp irritation by eliminating dandruff.

If hair products and a hectic lifestyle have left your locks looking dry, pop a chamomile tea bag in a cup of hot water. The mild, clean taste of this brew is sure to cleanse your palette, making it easy to incorporate into your diet. This organic herbal tea is sure to improve not just your hair but your overall well-being!

Red Rooibos Tea: Natural Defense against disease

This organic herbal tea contains polyphenols that are antioxidants found in plants. Red rooibos tea contains almost 50% more polyphenols than green tea. Polyphenols help keep cancer at bay, keeps your heart healthy and acts as a natural defense against inflammation.

Red rooibos tea is mildly sweet, making it a tasty treat that boosts your immune system as well. Our ginger rooibos tea is paired with apple mint and ginger- A herbal infusion that is sure to please your taste buds. Next time you feel yourself coming down with a flu or a cold, pop a red rooibos tea bag in a cup of hot water to brew. This organic herbal tea is sure to boost your immune system!

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