It's been almost 3 years since I "quit" coffee (I might have about 3 cups of decaf in a year when the mood strikes). For some reason, it makes me feel ill, like I've taken too many spins on the tilt-a-whirl.
Now that I'm a serious tea drinker, I consume at least 3 cups of the stuff a day. Anything from green to white, ginger to chamomile, rooibos to English breakfast, and the occasional chai latte. And it has to at least be organic, and fair trade if I can find it.
At the office or on the go, I take along a bag of Yogi Tea or Traditional Medicinals and steep it in a ceramic or travel mug. At home, I prefer brewing up a pot of loose leaf in my Bodum pot. (I'm not a fan of the plastic strainer, even though polypropylene has a high melting point, so I'm looking to get a metal replacement.)
Here are some loose leaf teas along with their potential health benefits (according to Teavana):
- Dragonwell Organic Green Tea
- Contains antioxidant properties
- Promotes healthy teeth and bones
- Regulates blood sugar
- Silver Needle Organic White Tea
- High in antioxidants
- Promotes healthy complexion
Be sure it's organic, fair trade, and/or shade grown. Here are some coffee brands that fit the bill: