This winter season, Cedars is adding new brews to the iced tea mix. The restaurants are also introducing a new series of hot spiced chai teas just in time for cooler weather.
New hot spiced chai tea latte flavors are Tiger Spice Chai original, Pumpkin Spice, and Salted Caramel. The original blend boasts black tea, cinnamon, cardamom and clove. Chais are made with low fat milk and served unsweetened, but guests can sweeten to taste with classic sugar, zero calorie sweeteners or Sugar in the Raw. Cedars co-founder Laurie Curtis, who says she always sweetens her coffee and tea, doesn’t sweeten these chai blends because their innate flavor makes sweetener unnecessary.
Cutting the need for extra sugar clicks with Cedars’ philosophy of eating well, living well and feeling good. The restaurant serves balanced whole grain products, seasonal fruits and vegetables and all natural protein grilled hot and fresh in the center of an open kitchen visible to diners. The brand banned all freezers, fryers, microwaves, preservatives and MSG.
“Cedars is all about returning to nutritional roots. That’s where we can unearth the best flavors from natural foods that will give us the core nutrients we need to live healthy, happy lives. We’re excited to add chai to our tea family because of its incredible history and value as a wholesome beverage,” said Curtis.
Chai’s history dates back more than 5,000 years to the ancient courts of Siam and India. One legend says a king brewed his own special recipe for a healing drink, which then spread throughout Asia and became popular worldwide. The most basic ingredient in chai, black tea, is antioxidant rich and can lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Cedars’ four core top shelf tea favorites are staying on the mixology menu. Standbys include black simplicity, serenity apricot mango black, mandarin orange skinny green, and a peach ginger detox blend of green, white, and oolong. Teas are served cold without any added sweeteners, making them a zero calorie beverage packed with antioxidants and loads of flavor.
The winter blend is ImmuniTea rooibos. Rooibos, also known as red tea, has a festive brewed color and tastes delicious iced. Tea aficionados say red tea supports the immune system and promotes healthy digestion, making it a great choice during flu season. The tea is naturally caffeine free, so it’s also a great choice for kids.
For guests looking for a kick, black simplicity or serenity apricot mango teas offer a gentle energy boost tea lovers say can be a great compliment to a diet program because it may help promote heart health and the circulatory system. One cup of tea has about 20 percent of the caffeine in a regular cup of coffee, so it’s easy on the digestive system and doesn’t disrupt a good night’s sleep.
Mandarin orange green tea gets its “skinny” designation because in addition to providing a delicious source of antioxidants, green tea also helps maintain balanced blood sugar levels. Green teas contain EGCG complex, a potent antioxidant.
The peach ginger detox blend of green, white, and oolong is a triple tea threat. White tea brings a delicately complex flavor that may support healthy skin and complexion, and oolong has long been valued as a metabolism booster. Peach brings a taste of the south matched with eye opening ginger, which aids in digestion.
“It’s easy to choose a sugary soda chock full of empty calories, but we believe beverage choices should be better. Our philosophy of eating well isn’t about deprivation;
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Cedars Woodfire Grill
Cedars Woodfire Grill is founded on three simple concepts: “Eat well. Live well. Feel good.” The fast casual restaurant serves fresh, all natural meats and vegetables cooked on a large grill in the center of the open kitchen. Cedars has no freezers, no fryers, and no microwaves.
Co-founders Randy Gier and Laurie Curtis have more than 45 combined years of experience in the restaurant business. Frustrated with the lack of healthy fast food options, the two created a new concept of healthy, wholesome food that could also be served conveniently for both guests on the go and folks who want to linger. Entrée options suit any dietary need, and nutritional information is available by brochure or via text message.
Cedars has two DFW area locations, in Plano on 6509 West Park Blvd. and in Frisco on 4710 Preston Road. Lunch and dinner are served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Customers are invited to grab a bite on the go or lounge in the dining room and enjoy a leisurely glass of wine, and convenient curbside service is available.
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