4 Organic Teas That Do a Body Good
Tea in Heaven
Intrigued by the prospect of anything natural speeding up my metabolism, I have started looking into the use of various types of tea. Green tea has seen a revival as diet enthusiasts have embraced the concept of getting an antioxidant boost plus some pep in their step from the caffeine while burning extra calories. What could be better? I think most are finding, though, that without eating a diet of mostly organic, low-fat and low-calorie whole foods, their tea slurping is in vain.
Personally, I'm a die-hard coffee fan. They know me by voice at the drive thru of my favorite coffee supplier: McDonald's. "That's right, two creamers, and put it in the cup for me." When I can do it at home, though, I go with an organic dark ground or Starbucks Sumatra dark, a spoonful of heavy cream and a bit of stevia or my newest find, Nestle's Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss. This product comprises heavy cream, nonfat milk, sugar, and "natural flavor," whatever that is. But I don't see any ingredients I can't pronounce, which is always a plus, and the sugars are only 5 grams per serving (calories per tbsp: 35; fat: 1.5 g; sodium: 5 mg; carb: 5 g).
But back to tea. If you're looking for something beyond the standard green tea fare at the supermarket, there are plenty of other interesting types to explore. Here are four I've discovered that are available at grocery chains:
Metabolism Boost from South America
Slim Balance With Yerba Mate from Tadin Herb & Tea Co. Yerba mate was endorsed on Dr. Oz recently, so I had to check it out. This one's main ingredients are holy basil leaf, spearmint leaf and organic yerba mate leaf, in addition to a blend of cleavers herb, fennel seed, hibiscus, nettle, parsley and stevia leaf. It has a very earthy, comforting taste that I really enjoy, and about an hour after having it I had a laugh attack the likes of which I've not had in a few months, so I take that as a good sign. Another Certified USDA Organic product and gluten free.
White Tea With Fruit Flavors
GoodEarth Organic White Tea, Sweet Citrus. This tea is nothing but organic natural: organic lemongrass, chamomile, rose petals, rosehips, lemon oil, organic flavor, jasmine tea and orange oil. Doesn't it just sound yummy. The box's handy Caffeine Meter shows white tea has 20 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup of tea, compared with coffee's 100 mg of caffeine per cup. This isn't a big selling point for me, since caffeine is my definition of a "mother's helper," but some may like this softer jolt. Anyway, it tastes fruity good and is good for ya. Certified USDA Organic and gluten free.
Natural Sleep Aid
Yogi Bedtime blend. Let me tell you about this tea. My husband had the hardest time sleeping because he was doing back-to-back power lifting in preparation for a team tournament. Let me tell you, two bags of this tea in an 8 oz cup and he was snoozing like Sleeping Beauty in no time (and I don't think any true love kiss would've awakened him, either). Not only is this one delicious, its blend of valerian, passion flower extract and St. John's wort will put you out the gentle way. This one's available at Wal-Mart, too. And that one tastes so good, I also recommend trying...
Tea for Comfort When You're Sick
Yogi Honey Lemon Throat Comfort. I have been fortunate enough not to get a sore throat this season (knock on wood real hard), but this sounds pretty intriguing for the cold sufferer. The formula includes slippery elm and wild cherry bark to sooth your throat and add a sweet cherry flavor. The blend also has echinacea root and peppermint to take away some of your under-the-weather blues. This one's Certified USDA Organic.