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08 May Trading Up!

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Trading Up

I have something to admit: I used to be hooked on diet pop.  It’s crazy to think just how many cans or bottles I would go through in a day.  And don’t even get me started on the free refills at restaurants.  The waiter or waitress would fill my glass up at least three times during a normal restaurant visit.

I used to have these moments throughout the day where I just needed something.  That something was a diet pop.  I craved the sugary sweetness that no other drink could satisfy.  Even the sound of the can opening offered some sense of satisfaction.

It’s been years since my last run-in with pop, and for that I am grateful.  Kicking the pop habit wasn’t easy.  In fact, next to avoiding vegan sweets, it was the hardest thing to give up.  In the end, it was all worth it because if I hadn’t given up pop, I would not have discovered how much I enjoy tea.  Only after giving up pop did my interest in teas grow.

My family is full of tea lovers.  If you can believe it, my grandma started drinking tea when she was about 5 years old.  She passed on the tradition to my mom who then passed it on to me.  When I was younger and most kids my age were drinking apple juice, I was drinking tea.

Besides being a great substitute for coffee, or pop in my case, tea is known throughout the world for having wonderful health benefits.  This is especially true for the naturally caffeine free variety called rooibos.  Also known as red tea, it is known to provide relief from many things such as headaches and allergies.

Consumed hot or cold, tea is quite the versatile drink.  The same tea served hot may taste completely different cold.  A cup of hot tea in the winter is wonderfully comforting, especially on a blistery snowy day!  In the summertime, a nice glass of iced tea will surely quench your thirst after a long day in the sun.

A part of being plant-strong is giving up caffeine so it is important for you to know that not all teas are caffeine-free!  The good news is that all teas are lower in caffeine than coffee.  Herbal and rooibos teas are naturally caffeine free, so you’re always safe with those.  Other than that, make sure you read the box to make certain it is caffeine free.

 

This picture from The Republic of Tea’s website is a great caffeine guide for tea

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source: http://the.republicoftea.com/library/tea-information/tea-and-caffeine/

A few of my favorites:

Tazo Vanilla Rooibos Parfait, The Republic of Tea Peppermint Chocolate, Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend

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In my cabinet: 

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Rooibos

Trader Joe’s Well Rested

The Republic of Tea Hot Apple Cider Tea

The Republic of Tea Blueberry Bundt

The Republic of Tea Strawberry Chocolate

The Republic of Tea Banana Chocolate

The Republic of Tea Red Velvet Chocolate

Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus

Mighty Leaf African Nectar

Traditional Medicinals Raspberry Leaf

Allegro Fine Tea Thirst Tamer

Allegro Fine Tea Relaxing Chamomile

Allegro Fine Tea Happy Tummy

Numi Holiday Herbal Chai

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Caramel Chai

World Market Tropical Rooibos

Harney & Sons Fine Teas Pumpkin Spice

If you’re just starting out on your plant-strong journey and having a hard time giving up a certain drink, I encourage you to give tea a try.  Who knows, you just might like it!  To all those tea drinkers out there, I hope this post will encourage you to experiment with different varieties.

 

-Katherine

 

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Katherine Straub

Katherine is a freshman studying business at The Ohio State University. She received her certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She is a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer and Weight Loss Specialist. Personally, Katherine has lost over 100 pounds by becoming plant-strong! Currently, she is in the process of completing her 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training. In the future, Katherine hopes to help others incorporate a plant-strong lifestyle as preventative medicine.

  • fdzimmerman

    Black tea helped me quit coffee with minimal withdrawal symptoms.

    Can you recommend herbal teas that aren’t sweet? (I enjoy the bitter flavors of strong, unsweetened black tea and espresso — as well as an occasional hoppy IPA.)

    Celestial Seasonings, Bigelow, and Twinings are easiest to find for me.

    • Leah

      To go off of black tea, you could try going to green first (I found this helpful), then an herbal that you like. Celestial Seasonings peppermint is good, and not too sweet, but very minty. Also camomile. There are de-caf black teas too, although I imagine they still have some caffeine, but much less.

  • Camielle

    I have never heard of chocolate in a tea before so this is quite intriguing to me. I might have to branch out a bit more.

  • Leah

    Great ideas! My favorite right now is PEPPERMINT!!!