6. The Swan Dive with Center White Tea

Center The Swan Dive White Tea

  • The Swan Dive
  • What are cell membranes made of?
  • Look inward to find your truth
  • Recipe with Center White Tea


Author: Andrea Cooper, Owner and Founder of PILATEA®


The Swan Dive


Center White Tea has the delicate bite of jasmine pearls and the floral notes of rose petals mixed into the tea leaves. Enchanting flavor with low levels of caffeine. Jasmine tea is often paired with rich meals or sweet pastries so I made a sweet and creamy desert drink and named it after one of my favorite Pilates exercises, the Swan Dive!

First, I made simple syrup with rose water and sugar to enhance the rosey aroma and round out the jasmine. Second, I threw together a light homemade whipped cream out of regular whipping cream and sunflower oil to create a higher ratio of unsaturated fat to saturated fat. It turned out incredibly unique drink.

The fat hit in the homemade whipped cream kept me satiated between lunch and dinner while providing a macronutrient crucial to every single cell in my body. Yes, fat.



Our cell membranes are made of what?


Every one of our cell membranes are mostly fat and a little bit of protein. Mostly What? Yep, fat. Crazy right?! A healthy balance of these fats keeps the cell membrane functional to allow in nutrients, spit out byproducts, stay insulated and protect the cell from invaders. 

Too many trans fats and saturated fats in our diet construct stiff and impermeable cell membranes. That means the good stuff can't get in and the bad bad stuff can't get out. The cell essentially suffocates in its own waste. Eew.

Consuming enough unsaturated fats keep the cell membrane happy and jelly like, leaving plenty of wiggle room for proper flow and function. Ahhh.



Look inward to find your truth


More on step 3. Center: Connect to your purpose. Look inward to find your truth and define your goals. 

Now that you have visualized your ideal self, let’s compare this version of you to all of your habits you have been tracking. With kind eyes, examine which of your current habits help you become your ideal self and which of your current habits might be holding you back. I color code my habits. Green for the habits that will assist my goals, orange for the habits that will push me off my path, red for habits that halt my progress, and purple for habits that push me backwards.

Becoming aware of that gap between your current behaviors and your ideal self can feel like staring into an abyss of chaos and doom. Remember to breathe. Remember to accept your starting place. Remember to hold your ideal self in your mind’s eye. By the end of this journey you will have the tools to span the gap. You are doing an amazing job. 


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Recipe Below


The Swan Dive with PILATEA's Center White Tea

 The Swan Dive with Center White Tea


  • 1 sachet Center White Tea
  • Filtered water
  • A 10 ounce bottle of rose water
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil


  1. For the simple rose syrup: Combine rose water and sugar of choice in a small pan on the stove. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Makes roughly 8 servings.
  2. For the fat balanced whipped cream: With a hand mixer whip together oil and whipping cream in a small bowl until thick. About 3 minutes. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Rewhip the cream before each use. Makes roughly 8 servings.
  3. For the tea: In your favorite cup steep Center White Tea in hot water to desired strength. Discard sachet or loose leaves. 
  4. Assembly: Add a few tablespoons of whipped cream and simple syrup into tea. Stir and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

  • Use Silk heavy whipping cream alternative for a vegan option
  • Use a sugar replacement for a lower carb option
  • Serves one


Every moment in our lives can be the beginning of great things."

 -Joseph Pilates-




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