While I’m a big fan of coffee, it isn’t always the best option for my health. Additionally, I currently work as a tutor at a college, and I don’t particularly enjoy having coffee breath when I am frequently working in a close proximity to a student–I’m sure my students appreciate it when I spare them of my coffee breath as well. So, what have I found to be a great alternative? Tea. Although I’m not afraid to stick to a daily cup of English breakfast tea, there are a wide varieties of tea out there, and many of them are vegan friendly. Today, I’d like to share a few of my favorites:
- Twining’s Irish Breakfast Tea. Something that you will learn very quickly from this post is that I am a huge fan of the English tea brand Twining’s, and this tea specifically is my favorite go-to tea of all time. In fact, I have been purchasing it for years. Why? Most people seem to enjoy it, so it’s a great tea to have on hand for guests. It also makes a great hot or cold tea and isn’t too bitter or light–it’s just right.
- Twining’s English Breakfast Tea. This is undoubtedly the most well-known tea produced by Twinning’s, but for me, it is secondary to the Irish breakfast tea. It’s a little bit more bitter, but it makes a great alternative if you want something a little different but want to stay within the black tea family.
- Twining’s Lemon & Ginger Tea. Feeling a bit under the weather? Since I’ve been sick a lot this year, many people have suggested that I drink lots tea with lemon, ginger, and honey (Fyi, these are the people who don’t understand that vegans don’t eat honey…). This tea is an awesome alternative because it comes with two of those ingredients already in it, so you won’t have to add them yourself. Instead of honey, I highly recommend adding some Madhava Agave.
- Bigelow’s Green Tea with Pomegranate. While Bigelow is a much more inexpensive tea brand than Bigelow’s, it’s one of my favorite brands of tea, since they offer some unusual green teas, like his one. If you’re wanting a tea that tastes almost like juice, this is the one for you. This one is also great if you’re not a big fan of green tea but want the health benefits associated with it–this tea is much more sweet than bitter, and it tastes great cold as well!
- Uncle Lee’s Organic Green Tea. If you’re looking for a more traditional green tea, this one’s for you. It’s also organic and inexpensive. I drink a lot of tea, and it takes me quite a while to go through an entire box of Uncle Lee’s. It’s very mild for a tea in general but is even more subtle than most green teas. I should note that this one also makes a wonderful iced tea and is particularly delicious when paired with strawberries–check out my post on how to make green tea with strawberries.
- Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. As someone who absolutely loves green tea, matcha is a go-to option if I’m wanting something a bit more strong. To tone down the flavor, and to make my tea taste a bit like a green tea latte, lately, I’ve been combing a spoonful of match with some hot almond milk. On a side note, matcha makes an awesome addition to smoothies, yogurts, and ice creams as well.
If you have any questions about these teas specifically, or experiences with them, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. I am also taking part in a health challenge on Facebook with some friends, and for week one, we are to drink a cup of dandelion tea, as well as a cup of lemon balm tea, each day. I hope to update you all on that soon as well! Are there any teas that you enjoy that haven’t been mentioned here?
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