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While I have always enjoyed a good cup of tea, I have been a daily coffee drinker for years. I had come to depend on my cup or two of coffee every morning to get me going.
However, I don’t like being dependent upon anything in that way. I have also read that there are concerns of cross-reactivity for people who can’t tolerate gluten, so I decided I wanted to give up coffee.
A lot of people recommend you wean yourself off of coffee slowly, but I decided to pull the band aid off and go cold turkey. I do like having a warm beverage in the morning though, so I started drinking a cup of green tea with breakfast every morning.
Green tea has a lot of health benefits and much less caffeine than coffee. And it tastes great. I like the taste of it without any sweeteners, but on days when I do sweeten it up, I always use raw honey.
I believe that one of the most important things in enjoying a good cup of tea is having a mug that makes you feel good too. Since I work from home, I usually drink my tea out of a mug. I love the handcrafted one pictured above.
If you’re on the go during the day, you can take your tea with you. I suggest using a stoneware cup (like the one below) or one with a glass interior for the safest consumption. You can also use stainless steel travel mugs if that’s all you have access to, but I recommend avoiding plastic altogether.
If you’re wanting to eliminate caffeine from your diet altogether, you can choose from a wide array of herbal teas. I love a good cup of chamomile tea before bed. It’s relaxing, and helps me fall asleep better.
On days where you are craving those peppermint mochas that are offered at coffee houses when the weather cools down, you can make your own coffee free version. Just use your favorite hot cocoa recipe and use half almond milk and half strong peppermint tea. This combination will give you the right amount of chocolatiness and mintiness! Even Kaylee, my 3-year old loved it!
You aren’t limited to drinking your tea though. You can use it in all sorts of baking products and even swap it for juice when making homemade jello! We used Bigelow Perfect Peach herbal tea sweetened with 2 tablespoons of raw honey in this batch. Next time I might do half tea and half juice as it wasn’t very sweet.
You can also use fruit teas with some honey and chill them to make a nice fruity iced tea that can be enjoyed instead of soda on a daily basis. I do this often and call it my sneaky “punch” when I give it to the girls.
There are so many ways to enjoy tea! If you’re trying to kick a coffee or soda habit, get creative with tea and it will make the transition so much easier!
The Bigelow Tea used in this post was purchased at Walmart. Check out my shopping trip here.