Tea Time!

Tea is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed any time of the year. There’s nothing like cozying up with a warm cup of tea and good book (or textbook) on a cold winter day or relaxing with a cool glass of iced tea during the warm days of summer. Outside of its comfort factor, tea is full of antioxidants. These health powerhouses help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, keeping you feeling young and disease free.

But what do you need to do to get one step closer to this little cup of heaven?

In today’s marketplace, tea is available in three main forms: loose leaf, bags, and bottled.

Loose Leaf: In this form, the tea leaves are, well, loose. You simply scoop out the amount of leaves you’d like and steep. This gives you the most control as to the strength of your tea and doesn’t create additional waste in the form of tea bags or bottles. To keep leaves from floating around in your tea, you can steep in a French press or use a tea infuser ball to contain the leaves.

Tea Bags: Buying your tea this way gives you, by far, the most options. From white, to green, to black and medicinal too, the possibilities abound. Simply steep in hot water according to package directions and add a slice of lemon or a touch of honey if you like. Some varieties even have biodegradable bags.

Bottled Tea: This option definitely wins in terms of convenience. However, many bottled teas are chock full of sugar, making this more of a treat than a health food. When buying bottled teas make sure they are low in sugar and contain no artificial sweeteners. A great brand that I personally love is Honest Tea. Their teas all contain 10 grams of sugar or less per serving and many are unsweetened. On top of all that, they’re organic to boot!

No matter what type of tea you choose, feel free to jazz it up with yummy add-ins like a slice of fruit or a sprig of mint and remember to keep the sugar in check so you can truly enjoy all of the benefits it has to offer.

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