Top 5 Places to Get Boba in The Phoenix Metro Area

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

 

Chewy bubbles burst in your mouth as you suck the sweet tapioca spheres through the milk tea’s straw. This delicious dessert-style caffeinated drink, named boba tea, is a common Taiwanese drink that has been gaining popularity in the United States, especially among young adults and teens.

If you are unfamiliar with boba, that’s okay, I was too! Boba drinks are typically a blended drink or a milk tea, with the boba spheres at the top or bottom. There are several boba places around the Phoenix Metro area, but today we’re focusing on five spots in particular and their most popular flavors that are sure to please.

 

Pop ‘N Tea Bar

              Pop ‘N Tea Bar is located in downtown Phoenix, on McDowell and 7th Avenue. This trendy spot features a modern atmosphere, with white walls, herringbone patterned tile on the wall behind the bar, and statement walls perfect for photo-ops for the ever-present influencer.

The east wall hosts a mural with black letters stating, “you are somebody to me”, and in grey cursive behind the word “somebody” is the phrase “not just anybody”. Near the front of the shop, there is a spot on the west wall with faux shrubbery covering it, and a neon pink sign stating, “today was a good day”.

You walk up to the bar to order. Here you see a refrigerated case full of what Pop ‘N Tea calls “diamond bars”. They are rectangular ice cream and gelato pops, but with a spiky diamond 3D pattern to them, formed by using special molds.

Other items on their menu include the popular boba teas, gelato, smoothies, slushies, iced coffee, regular teas, sorbetto, and more. Their most popular boba drinks include the horchata and Love Potion flavors, which is a combination of lychee, raspberry, white tea, and strawberry heart jelly boba.

 

Bubble Bee

              Bubble Bee has locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert, so you are sure to find one no matter what end of the valley you live on. Living up to its name, its store is decorated in black and yellow colors, with hexagonal tiles lining the wall behind the counter. Floor to ceiling glass windows cast a plethora of natural light over the high tables and barstools.

Bubble Bee has become quite popular, especially through their well-known cups with plastic, sealed lids and “fat straws”. They serve coffee, sparkling drinks, zero calorie drinks, tea only drinks, as well as “edibles”, which is their boba that you can add to any drink.

Their variety of boba ranges, from spheres made with honey or aloe vera, to chewy ones made with jelly, and even juice-filled ones, aptly named “poppers”. The favorite flavors here are the Valentine Drink (a rose milk tea with heart shaped strawberry jellies) and The Love Story (organic green tea, pomegranate, strawberry, vanilla bean, and peach).

 

Bosa Donuts

This shop sells so much more than donuts, although they do have delicious ones! Bosa sells breakfast sandwiches, boba, smoothies, and coffee, making it the perfect place to stop for breakfast or a snack. It’s a pretty casual environment, with basic tiling and seating.

They have locations all over Arizona, namely Phoenix, Mesa, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Chandler, Peoria, Casa Grande, Payson, Surprise, Glendale, and San Tan Valley, with even more locations coming soon (find the complete list here).

You can add boba to any smoothie, but the most popular to pair with boba is the Mango smoothie. Thai iced tea is another popular boba item here, made from Ceylon black tea that is grown in Southeast Asia.

 

Boba Bliss

              This shop is located in Gilbert, near the intersection of Williams Field and Gilbert Road. It’s another basic boba shop, similar to Bosa Donut’s environment.

Their drinks include cheese tea (a tea with a creamy, cheesy foam on top), creamy slushies, fruit tea, smoothies, lemonades, milk tea, and various fast food snacks. Their newest flavor, brown sugar fresh milk, is already a hit.

 

Urban Boba Tea House

              Urban Boba Tea House in located in Tempe, close to Apache and Rural Rd. This is definitely the place to stop if you’re a student on ASU campus, whether you’re meeting up with friends, celebrating something, or need a pick me up after a bad test.

This shop features high rise tables and stools, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, bistro lights, and even a wall of plush boba stuffies you can purchase, take home, and snuggle with after your drink is all gone.

Their menu includes milk tea, iced tea, frappes, herbal tea, fruity smoothies, icy slushes, and Monster energy drink slushes, perfect for students who need that caffeine rush to stay awake for the early morning classes and late night homework sessions.

 

Whether you’re in Scottsdale or San Tan Valley, you are sure to find a boba shop that pleases your palette. Try a few of these different places with friends or family and see which one you like best!

You can also find more drink recipes on Fill Your Plate’s recipe database!

 

 

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World No Tobacco Day is May 31st!

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

 

I will always remember those days in elementary and middle school when they would teach us about the “say no to drugs and tobacco!” program. They would bring in a presenter who usually showed us a cheesy and slightly scary video about why we shouldn’t use harmful substances.

It was enough to get the message across for me, especially since I already had been taught these things in my home. And in my 10 year old mind, I thought, “Yuck! Why would I want to put smoke in my body? I don’t even like the smell of campfires or gasoline!”

But not everyone had the opportunity to learn about why it is bad for your health, how extremely addicting it is, or what the harm is of trying just one cigarette or drug. Others know it is harmful, but cannot find the motivation to quit because it calms their nerves or provides a distraction.

If this is you or you know someone who has a hard time quitting smoking because of this, know there are so many healthier ways to relieve anxiety! Read this Fill Your Plate article on 8 Ways To Relieve Stress to find more healthy, calming substitutes for smoking.

Read on to learn more about why you, your friends, and your family should say no to drugs and tobacco.

“Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.

More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Go to their full website (here) to find more resources on how to quit smoking and what health problems smoking can cause.

To further continue your health journey, find more articles on nutrition, exercise, and more on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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Fill Your Plate’s Collection of Articles on the Keto Diet

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

 

The keto diet has become very popular in just the last few years, citing weight loss and many other benefits for people with certain health problems like arthritis or PCOS. But is it the right diet for you? Find out by reading what we’ve researched about it over the years. Click on the links below to read our articles on the keto diet.

 

Keto Diet:

The Ketogenic Diet and Weight loss in Women

Does the Keto Diet really work?

Keto with Caution

Is Keto Better for You?

My 1 Week Ketogenic Meal Plan

Understanding Keto Myths Versus Facts

Ketogenic Diet: Do’s and Don’ts from a Nutrition Students attempt

Ketogenic Diet: Vegan and Vegetarians

Ketogenic Diet: Satiating effects of Fat

Ketogenic Diet: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Ketogenic Diet and Obesity

Ketogenic Diet and Motor Function

Ketogenic Diet for Migraine Relief

Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy

Ketogenic Diet vs Cancer

Ketogenic Diet and Blood Pressure

Ketogenic Diet and Autism

Keto Diet: A cure for Acne?

How a Ketogenic Diet Can Stop Sugar Addiction

Ketogenic Diet improves Acid Reflex

Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

5 Reasons Why the Keto Diet Is the Right Diet

Keto Approved Foods and What to Avoid:

 

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Fill Your Plate’s Collection of Articles on Exercise

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

 

Over the years, Fill Your Plate has written several articles about exercise and the nutrition you need to fuel your daily physical activity. Look through these and comment below about something new you learned as a result. We hope you enjoy these past posts as much as we did writing them!

 

Exercise:

Even Just Some Exercise Each Day Can Lengthen Your Lifetime

Exercise and Building Immunity

How Single Dads Incorporate Healthy Diet and Exercise Habits

How Single Moms Incorporate Healthy Diet and Exercise Habits

Exercise and Your Brain

Jamming Out While Working Out

3 Ways to Workout with Your Kids

8 Best Places to Hike and Swim in Arizona

 

Nutrition for Exercise:

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Weight Loss at your Fingertips

Nutrition Issues When Your Child is an Athlete

The Benefits of Electrolytes

The Fitness and Nutrition App You Need in Your Life

Electrolytes: What are They?

Try Chocolate Milk as a Recovery Drink after a Workout

What to Eat Before Running

Energy Peanut Butter Balls

Are you Getting Enough Protein?

 

Find more articles on nutrition by using the search bar on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

 

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Self-Care Ideas Everyone Should Try

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern

 

 

Each day usually has some amount of stress in it for every one of us. That is why self-care is so important; if we don’t stop, relax, and take care of our mind and body’s needs for a few minutes, we won’t be able to continue doing the things we need to do. Here are some of my favorite ideas for self-care for you to try.

 

Face Masks

No, I don’t mean the kind you wear to the grocery store to stop the spread of COVID-19. These face masks either come in packages (sheet masks) or bottles (liquid masks). You can find them in the beauty section for a decent price at Walmart or Target, or you can order them in bulk on Amazon. Check what the package says, but usually these are worn for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, you can kick back and start an episode of your current show.

 

Yoga

I always say, yoga is what you do when you’re either too cheap or don’t have time to get a massage. All that stress and tension building up in your muscles is not good, and will keep you feeling achy and sore unless you release that tension. Yoga is a great way to do that. My favorite yoga teacher on YouTube is Adriene from Yoga With Adriene. She has tons of videos varying in length and purposes; I highly recommend you try one out!

 

Breathing Exercises

These are a great way to help you wind down after a long and stressful day; you should even be doing these in the middle of the day so your body doesn’t get too overwhelmed with everything you’re doing. These are especially helpful for people who have anxiety. A common breathing exercise is to inhale through the nose for four seconds, hold your breath for four seconds, and then exhale out of the mouth for four seconds. Repeat for up to five minutes. You can find more exercises to try here.

 

Tea

Drinking tea has many benefits, but for starters, when you drink something warm, it can help relax your body, and even help you sleep (as long as it’s caffeine free). Try this recipe for Citrus Honey Green Tea from Fill Your Plate.

 

Essential Oils

Essential oils may sound like a bunch of bologna to some people, my previous self included. I have tried them in the past few years and have found some really do work for me. It may be different for each individual, but lavender does help me sleep, and peppermint can relieve headaches and stuffy noses. If you have muscle soreness and need a way to relieve that tension other than or in addition to yoga, try doTERRA Deep Blue Rub. You only need to apply a tiny amount for it to start working. It gives a slight cooling, then warming, sensation that undoes the knots in your muscles as you rub it in and even after that.

 

Spend Some Time With Your Pet

You don’t need to have a certified emotional support animal to feel the mental and physical benefits of having a pet. Just giving your pet cuddles and hugs can help relieve stress. It’s a bonus if your pet is athletic and likes to go on walks or hikes with you. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress, and pets can sometimes make it easier for you to get out of the house and get in your daily steps.

 

Find more ideas for healthy activities on Fill Your Plate’s blog!

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