We’re nine days into 2017. How’s your resolution going? If you’ve failed to join that gym, go on that diet, or break that bad habit, it’s okay. Every day is a new chance to start over, so we’re declaring January 9th the day to start new New Year’s resolutions. This time, however, we’re resolving to make our resolutions a little bit easier, and what better way to do that than by centering our goals around drinking more tea.
Switch Out Sodas
What is it that drives you to your mid-afternoon Mountain Dew or your dinner-time Diet Coke? Is it the sweetness, the caffeine kick, or just that it’s not water? Any of those sensations can be replaced with a good cup of hot or iced tea.
For the sweetness of soda, try White Coconut Creme. This tea is amazing hot and even better cold. You’ll get a punch of sweet flavor, but you won’t consume your entire daily recommended dose of sugar in one cup! If you’re looking for that oomph of energy, try matcha. You don’t need a fancy whisk to start drinking matcha (though we highly recommend investing in one!). Add a small scoop of matcha into a sealable water bottle 3/4 of the way full with cold water and start shaking! Add a few cubes of ice for a refreshingly delicious iced matcha that takes seconds.
No matter what tea you choose to replace soda, it’ll still have a more complex flavor than plain old water, making every glass just as exciting as your favorite soda.
If your go-to post-dinner move is to head to the pantry for dessert, stop! Cutting out dessert is an easy way to stop overeating and to remove some unhealthy fats or sugars from your diet. We suggest switching out your cookies, cakes, and ice creams for hot dessert teas. Drinking hot tea after a meal can aid with digestion, and the great tastes of our dessert teas will have you forgetting why you ever loved the real thing in the first place.
Chocolate lovers should try Aztec Spice, Chocolate Monkey, or Dark Chocolate Peppermint. Other sweet treats you should give a taste are Vanilla Berry Truffle, Velvet, Lemon Meringue, and Blueberry Cheesecake. We also recommend favoring caffeine-free dessert options after dinner to ease you into your bedtime routine.
Find Your Center
Practicing meditation and mindfulness are admirable goals for the new year. They also take up a good chunk of time. Meditation takes anywhere from ten minutes to half an hour a day and stressing yourself out finding that time seems almost counter-intuitive. Instead, shorten your mindfulness practice by adding intention to your tea preparation. Turn off your phone, step away from your computer, and go technology-free as you heat your water, bag your tea, and let your leaves steep. Use your 3 to 5 minutes to take deep breaths and center yourself for the day. It’s an easy change to your tea routine that will help improve the quality of your tea time throughout the year.
Don’t be too hard on yourself as you work towards becoming a better person in 2017. Have fun drinking tea. Try new varieties, blends, and flavors. Discover a new tea you love. Get excited about matcha or another tea you’d always wanted to try. With a new year comes new opportunities, so don’t forget to include your tea!