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What Is In Your Cup?

This summer, June 12 to be exact, I decided to eliminate coffee from my diet.

I detailed in a previous post, Valdez Who?, my 30 day challenge to rid my life of coffee. Not that coffee is all that bad; I mean it doesn’t cause world wide conflicts, it is usually grown in a socially repsonsible way, and most coffee companies value the communities where the coffee is grown. If that was my reasoning, I would be driving an electric car……..

Practicing what I preached (point number 4) I replaced coffee with tea. There are so many different kinds out there, so finding one that I wanted to drink over and over was a bit of a challenge. It took a while, but with a little perseverance I was able to steep my way through and find a couple that I really liked.  I have to admit, after finding a couple of teas that I like, I don’t miss coffee anymore.

Here is a list of the teas that I have in stock at my house and where I picked them up here in Calgary.

Yerba Mate (The Bean Stop) – Yerba Mate is technically not a tea but who cares? The caffine in the mate leaf affects the muscle tissues rather than the central nervous system which is why most people don’t feel a ‘buzz’ after drinking it. I have found Yerba Mate great with breakfast after a morning workout and it has also helped with buring body fat.

Forever Nuts (Davids Tea) – Sometimes I like to have a cup of tea without caffine, especially in the evening; this is where Forever Nuts comes in. It is sweet so it also helps with a late night craving for something sweet. The only problem I have is the artifical flavouring, why does it need to be in there?

Stawberry Slender Pu-erh (Teavana) – It is the true black tea that is actually a green tea. Sounds confusing? It is. I am really starting to get hooked on pu-erh tea as I prefer the taste over a regular black tea. The stawberry chunks inside give the tea a smell and taste that has even the old boys in my office asking if they can try it.

Peppermint (No where in particular) – Steeps quick and is caffine free. It is a staple in our house for when a quick cup is needed to warm up after taking the dog for a walk, making snowmen, or skating at the outdoor rink. Bonus, my daughter loves it as well.

There has been many other kinds of tea in our house, but the ones listed are part of the starting lineup.  Oh, and now that the Christmas blend is at Starbucks, I am going to have a hard time not ordering a Grande.

Give it a try, not only do I feel better by ditching the joe, the variety out there is far greater than the average coffee bean.

Question: What tea is part of our starting line-up?

Disclosure of material connection: I have received no compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brand, products, or services I have mentioned.

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