My 3 Favorite Energy Teas To Kick Off My Mornings
Now that Easter is over, I want to let you all know that I made it 40 plus days without coffee and I’m feeling amazing, thanks to my 3 favorite energy teas.
For those who don’t know the backstory, I gave up coffee for Lent. Lent is a religious observance that focuses on a period of prayer and fasting leading to Easter. It lasts 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday.
I did not give up coffee because of the caffeine but because of the way it made me feel. Coffee made me extremely jittery, anxious, and just didn’t sit well in my stomach.I mean, I’m sure I’ll have a cup once in a blue moon but I genuinely want to stay away from it.
Before becoming a mom, I was a loyal tea girl. Those who know me, know how much I thrive off of my daily green teas. I’m so happy to finally be back on the road to a healthier lifestyle with my energy teas.
Energy teas to start my mornings
My number one energy tea is the one and only green tea! I’m not very picky about the brand but I tend to stick with Yogi or Tazo. The Yogi Pure Green™ tea is my holy grail and an exact replica of the green tea that I order from Starbucks, so is the Tazo Zen Green Tea. Green tea has a ton of nutrients and antioxidants. Research shows that green tea improves brain function, fat loss, and lowers risk of cancer, just to name a few of the benefits.
I prefer my green tea over ice and I dilute it with about 1/2 a cup of water. I DO NOT add any sweeteners but you can.
Each tea bag has approximately 58mg of caffeine compared to 98mg of caffeine in an 8oz cup of coffee. I won’t lie, some days I do have 2 tea bags but fortunately, I do not get the jittery side effects that I typically do with coffee.
While I usually stick to green tea in the mornings, I do LOVE me a good iced chai tea latte! This Tazo chai classic latte is a blend of black tea, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. Just like green tea, chai tea also has its benefits, too many list. Among the list of benefits, my favorites are: ginger reduces inflammation and cinnamon helps control blood sugar. To read more, click here for a list of benefits.
Here’s the catch, the more you add on, such as sugar and milk, the less beneficial it could be. So watch your portions! I mix this chai latte with a 1/2 cup of coconut milk over ice.
This chai latte has anywhere between 46-60mg of caffeine, depending on your serving size.
Out of the teas I typically drink, this Tazo Awake English Breakfast has the highest caffeine of 61+ mg. A blend of black teas, it is perfect to start the morning, especially when I need an extra kick. I do think this should be part of a morning routine because the caffeine does kick in after a while.
There are also many health benefits to drinking black tea such as lowering high cholesterol, diarrhea, tooth decay, digestive problems, blood pressure, blood circulation, and even asthma.
This is not a tea I drink every day but I usually do when I’ve had a rough night with my little Liam, you know, lack of sleep.
When I drink my energy teas, I never add any sugar or milk, except for the chai latte. While coffee gave me an instant boost of energy, tea stabilizes my energy throughout the day. Whereas coffee always gave me a crash, typically around 2pm.
If you’re trying to make a small but healthy change, especially in the mornings, when it’s the norm to go straight for coffee loaded with milk and sugar, try out these teas.
I’ll warn you though, it is a small but difficult change. In the first couple of days, you’ll find yourself feigning for coffee but DON’T GIVE IN! Think of all the health benefits your body will be receiving just by switching to teas.
If you have any favorite healthy teas or drinks that boost you up with lots of energy, drop a comment below 🙂
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