A discussion of the health benefits of different varieties of tea and a roundup of the my personal favorite teas!
I always think it’s not going to happen, but every year mid-October rolls around and I find myself drinking ALL THE TEA. Maybe it’s because cold and flu season happens or because the weather starts to get chilly enough for me to actually feel the change in temperature (I run HOT all the time!)…but I find myself drinking almost as much tea as I do coffee. AKA a lot!
In the fall and winter, I drink tea everyday (sometimes more than once day). Sure I don’t totally boycott tea the rest of the year, I drink a few glasses of iced tea every now and then, but during this time of year two cups of HOT tea is a daily norm. And I think it all started when I finally did some research on the health benefits of tea and also found a few varieties of tea I absolutely love. I am a tea snob for sure. 😉
And why not start including a daily mug of tea into your day? It’s a great way to warm up, change things up from regular water, AND get some extra antioxidants in!
And the bonus is, like I mentioned above, depending on the type of tea you’re drinking, there are actually a lot of health benefits…
High concentrations of ECGC (a polyphenol that is therapeutic for a number of disorders), high in antioxidants, prevents artery clogging, burns fat, stress reducing properties, improves cholesterol levels
Less processed, has anti-cancer properties, lowest caffeine content, high in theanine (an amino acid), promotes mental and physical relaxation, improves mood, reduces anxiety, boosts the immune system and increases concentration
Highest caffeine content, may reduce stroke risk, protects lungs from second-hand smoke and air pollutants
Aids weight loss, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, similar antioxidant properties to green tea
Support restful sleep, reduce congestion, caffeine-free, high in infection-fighting properties (TOP pick for cold and flu season!)
Lowers LDL cholesterol, lowers blood sugar, reduces plaque in the arteries, lowers total cholesterol, boosts metabolism, strengthens the immune system
And now that you know all the reason to drink tea…here are some varieties you should definitely try! My personal favorites, if you will. 🙂
Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride – Celestial Seasonings
It’s only seasonal, I know. But luckily I stocked up when a bunch of boxes were on super sale at Target! I also noticed you can order this online. The scent of this tea smells just like freshly baked cookies and I love the subtle sweet taste it has. It’s a very light, mild tea and the more you let it sleep the more flavorful it becomes.
Roastaroma – Celestial Seasonings
I am addicted to this tea. If any of you are coffee lovers, this tea is for you! It tastes like the most perfect, creamy, sweet cup of coffee or latte you’ve ever had. No sweeteners needed at all! It’s got a subtle coffee flavor, with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, and carob. If I don’t stop myself, I could drink like four cups at once. I enjoy this tea so much more than a cup of coffee! And it’s decaffeinated so for those of you who like the taste of coffee but not the buzz…this is perfect!
Candy Cane Lane – Celestial Seasoning
Another seasonal one, sorry guys! But again I stocked up on a clearance sale. This is a delicious green tea that is perfectly minty without being too overpowering. It gives me that nice, cool sensation in my throat and has none of the bitterness that traditional green tea has. You can also let it steep with the whole time you’re drinking it without the flavor becoming to strong. I love how much this tastes like sucking on a peppermint candy!
Comforting Chamomile – Yogi Tea
My favorite tea when I am sick! Chamomile tea in general is SO relaxing and soothing. And it’s actually been used for centuries to help relieve occasional sleeplessness and ease minor stomach discomfort.
Chocolate Pu-erh – Numi Organic
My all time favorite from Numi. This tea tastes like hot chocolate. No joke. It is incredibly rich and chocolatey tasting despite having no natural or artificial flavors and NO SWEETENERS. It gets all it’s flavor from pure, natural ingredients. The more you let this tea steep the creamery it seems to taste. So good.
Glazed Lemon Loaf – Tazo Dessert Delights
My favorite lemon tea! It’s incredibly lemony but also sweet all on its own without any sweetener added. This is an herbal infusion tea with notes of zesty lemon (obviously) and aromatic vanilla. It’s also caffeine-free if that’s important to you. It’s perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth in a totally guilt-free way. Other flavors in the tea include: hints of apple, green rooibos, orange peel, chamomile, rose petals, licorice root and ginger.
Butterscotch Blondie – Tazo Dessert Delights
When they say dessert delights, they mean it!! This tea literally tastes like a butterscotch dessert. It’s a blend of different black teas paired with notes of sweet butterscotch and vanilla.
Classic Chai – Teavana
I LOVE anything chai but this is by far my favorite chai tea. Yes it’s got the classic mix of cardamom, ginger, black pepper, ground cloves, cinnamon and fennel…but it’s the most flavorful chai tea I’ve ever had. Adding a little stevia makes it even better!
Bonus!! This one is available for order at Starbucks.
Are you a tea or coffee person?
What’s your favorite type of tea?
Do you add anything to your tea when you drink it?