There is something mundanely routine about lining up at Starbucks for a cup of coffee every morning. As you slowly shuffle to the front of the queue, like a zombie who is not fully awake yet, the smell of freshly ground coffee beans slowly stimulating your senses. When the first few drops of coffee touch your lips, you cringe at the bitter taste and vow to quit drinking coffee for good, starting tomorrow, of course.
If you’re a coffee junkie looking to kick the habit, and you’re looking for something that smells heavenly, is light in taste but still gives you that much needed caffeine kick, it’s time to add a little tea in your life. Tea has been shown in studies to help reduce the chances of developing certain kinds of cancers and tumours, and will keep you going for longer than a cup of java.
Here are some delicious blends of tea that will make swapping out your coffee much easier:
Organic Detox $3, at DAVIDsTEA
Lemon-flavored and light, the Organic Detox tea isn’t necessarily the type of tea you drink for taste. It has lemongrass in it which is believed to cleanse the liver, ginkgo for the brain, and juniper berries that are known to flush out toxins.
Happy Kombucha $9.50, at DAVIDsTEA
Kombucha is an acquired taste, but Happy Kombucha at DAVIDsTEA is blended with oolong, mango, pineapple and safflowers to make it taste like a ray of sunshine. It’s important to remember that many of Kombucha’s claims remain unproven, but this blend is delicious.
Matcha Matsu $4, at DAVIDsTEA
Stone-ground steamed green tea from Japan has a high concentration of EGCG and has many health benefits such as prevention of clogging of the arteries, fat burning properties, counteractive oxidative stress on the brain, and reduction of the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This blend packs a punch!
Red Rooibos Tea $3, any grocery store
Red Rooibos is surprisingly sweet (all-natural, too!) and if you feel like you need a surge of vitamins in your system, this is the tea for you. Rooibos is rich in bioflavonoids which improve blood circulation and is believed to aid with ailments like headaches, insomnia, and even nagging allergies.
Bengal Spice Tea $4, Celestial Seasonings
Brimming with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, this is the ideal tea for Chai lovers. Try it on its own, or add some milk and sugar for a true Chai experience. This blend contains all-natural herbs and flavors, and no artificial colors or preservatives.