If it’s hard to imagine mornings without the fueling power of coffee or that refreshing energy spike that ice-cold cola gives on a warm afternoon, but if you’re looking to cut down on sugar or you simply want to add variety to your morning routine, how about trying some tea?
If the idea of decreasing your coffee or soda intake leaves you feeling bereft, don’t worry! There are many different kinds of teas that can replace your morning or afternoon fix. People have been drinking infusions, either hot or cold, for millennia because of their invigorating flavors and beneficial effects. Teas are a wonderful alternative for people who want to reduce their sugar and caffeine consumption.
Here are five teas for people who want to decrease their coffee and soda intake, along with instructions for preparing the perfect cup!
Chamomile is the “brew that soothes” and is believed to have all sorts of health benefits.
Chamomile is a daisy-like flower grown all over the world. It has a gentle fragrance and mild taste suggestive of crisp apples, so it’s soothing in cold weather and refreshing when it’s hot.
Here’s how to prepare the perfect cup of chamomile tea:
1.Boil 8 ounces of water for each cup of tea.
2.Fill an infuser with 2 tablespoons of dried flowers or 4 tablespoons of fresh chamomile flowers.
3.Steep for 5 minutes.
If you have a strong dependency on caffeine, black tea is a perfect coffee or soda replacement because it is one of the most caffeinated teas available. Nonetheless, it has at least half the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (95 mg in coffee vs. 47 mg in black tea.) So you’ll be energized but in a more gradual way. Black tea is as versatile as coffee or soda. It can be served iced, with a twist of lemon, creating the perfect summer drink, or hot, with or without your choice of milk.
The steeping time of black tea depends on the size of the leaf. For finely cut leaves, let the tea steep for 2 to 3 minutes. Larger leaves may take 5 minutes to infuse fully.
Ginger Lemon Tea
Wouldn’t it be awesome to enjoy a delightful beverage and, at the same time, give your body’s immune system a turbo boost? If that sounds good, then ginger lemon tea should be your new go-to. By mixing the antioxidant properties of ginger with lemon’s natural source of Vitamin C, this drink is a power-packed tea.
Here’s how you make it:
1.Mix 4 cups of water with 2- to 3-inch slices of ginger.
2.Put on heat until boiling.
3.Remove from heat, and add the juice of 1 large lemon.
4.Let the ingredients steep for 20-30 minutes.
5.Reheat gently and served with a couple of lemon slices.
Did you know that green and black teas come from the same plant? It’s true! The difference depends on how the Camellia Sinensis leaves are processed after being picked. While green tea leaves are just steamed before drying, black tea leaves are also oxidized to give the tea its distinctive color and properties.
So, how do you brew this ancient wonder?
1. Heat a kettle of water.
2. Remove water from the heat right before boiling.
3. Steeping time depends on the leaves’ size. Carefully taste the tea after the first minute and then try again every 30 seconds. Don’t steep for more than three minutes because the tea can become bitter.
Avocado Leaf Tea
We know you love avocados, so we’ve got a surprise for you: It’s not only the fruit of the avocado tree that’s delicious; its leaves, when made into a tea, are also fantastic!
Here’s how to make the most amazing avocado tea:
1.Put a handful of avocado leaves inside a pot filled with filtered water.
2.Boil for 10 to 15 minutes.
3.Let the tea cool down.
4.Strain until there is no residue.
5.Serve and enjoy.