Tea, the original energy drink (and why it’s better than energy drinks)!
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There are many reasons to avoid canned energy drinks. These heavily processed drinks are full of chemicals, sugar (even high-fructose corn syrup), and huge doses of caffeine. Energy drinks create an energy high from the sheer volume of stimulant compounds, and then a crash, hurling one back down. They are tied to headaches, anxiety, jitters and insomnia. And, addiction rounds out the clear reasons to stay away!
There are many healing and nutritious teas to choose from that may offer the mind + body focus, concentration, and energy. Teas and yerba mate contain naturally occurring caffeine, and in addition to many nutrients, tea also hosts L-theanine which may improve a person’s attention, alertness and reaction times.
Black and green teas have caffeine. Black tea contains more caffeine than green tea, but that isn’t the case for matcha green tea because you are consuming the whole leaf. Matcha creates a sustained elevated mood and energy level that lasts four to six hours.
Although most herbals are caffeine-free, that isn’t the case for yerba mate. This energizing tea is known for its bold flavor and even stronger caffeine kick that offers focused energy.
Energizing Teas: The Better Alternative to Energy Drinks
Good Morning Yerba Mate
This spicy brew brings several flavors together in a delightful, chai-like cup. Cobalt blue cornflower petals contrast beautifully with the reddish hues of the roasted mate and rooibos. The well-balanced combination of cinnamon and cloves offers a deep, rich infusion and coconut flakes add creaminess.
Everyday Matcha Green Tea Powder
Matcha is different than any other tea. Because it’s the green tea in powdered form, it must be whisked or blended rather than brewed. Enjoyed by itself with just hot water, Everyday Matcha starts with a gentle yet robust vegetal green, like fresh spinach. It moves very quickly to subtle sweetness with notes of chestnuts and bittersweet chocolate.
These deep-green rolled spheres are coated in ginseng powder and unfurl with each steeping. This oolong brews up a cup with a pleasantly roasty aroma and a bright flavor that is herbaceous and faintly sweet. Ginseng is considered an adaptogen, which may help support and regulate the body’s stress response system.
Tulsi Chai Black Tea
In Ayurveda medicine, tulsi is used as a sort of panacea to nurture and heal. Black tea gives Tulsi Chai a rich, bold flavor. Cinnamon balances the black tea with its spicy-sweet character. And tulsi adds a softer, herbaceous note and pleasing bittersweetness into the mix.
Extra Fancy Ceylon Black Tea
The dark, thin leaves of this tea brew expand into a burgundy-colored infusion with a rich taste. Complex, bold aromas of malt and red wine give way to equally complex, bold flavors of rich spices, red fruits and tobacco. A slightly puckery mouthfeel and a lingering tannic aftertaste add to the assertiveness of this unabashed black tea.
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