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Quick And Easy: 6 Ways To Make Tea Taste Better Than Soda

Quick And Easy: 6 Ways To Make Tea Taste Better Than Soda

Your mornings are hectic, your afternoons are busy, and you’re always in search of that extra boost of energy. You head for the nearest Coke to regain your vigor and curb your sugar cravings in the process. Soda has become your trusted friend and has proven to give you what you need to get through the rest of the day. Maybe the caffeine is a comfort for you, giving you increased alertness and an elevated mood.

Whatever the reason is for drinking soda, there is a better, more healthier way to get all the benefits of caffeine and enlighten your taste buds by turning to tea. You may be saying, “I don’t believe you, tea doesn’t taste nearly as sweet as soda.” Well, think again.

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Check out six ways you can make tea taste better than soda:

1. Look for natural sweeteners. 

Sure, sugar is the go-to sweetener. It’s quick, cheap, and always around. However, there are other natural sweeteners that taste just as good as sugar and are better for your health. Consider stevia, date sugar, coconut sugar, and raw sugar. Raw honey, molasses, and whole stevia leaves are also an option. Some lesser known natural sweeteners include: Yacon syrup, xylitol, and erythritol.

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2. Consider fruit-flavored sweeteners. 

While there are many fruit-flavored teas such as pomegranate, there are just as many fruit-flavors sweeteners. You can look for teas that include ingredients that are naturally sweeter, but if your tea is not to your taste, you can include fruit that are not high in sugar. Dried pineapple, apple, coconut, and orange rinds can add an extra punch to your cup of tea. Additionally, lemon is a good sweetener (it also includes vitamin C), ginger, and cinnamon. If nothing else, just drop a few teaspoons of your favorite fruit juice.

3. Create an integrated tea drink.

Tea can be added to drinks that are already full of sweetness. An iced ginger and green tea mocktail consists of green tea, mint, ginger, honey, and lemons cooled on top of ice. You can brew your tea at home or at work, put it in a thermal cup with ice, and let it chill. Consider adding sparkling or carbonated water to your tea to curb carbonation.

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4. Research the best steeping methods.

No two teas are the same. Get to know your favorite tea. Pay attention to recommended steep times and water temperature. As an alternative to tap or bottled water, consider using filtered, purified or natural spring water. Being aware of all of these factors help to bring out the best in your cup of tea.

5. Drink whole leaf tea.

Drinking tea made from whole leaves is the closest one will get to tasting the richness and sweetness of tea when it comes straight out of the garden. When you drink whole leaf tea, you’ll notice a fuller experience and a more complex flavor. This will add a kind of flavor and complexity not found in “dust tea” which most tea drinkers are accustom to.

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6. Think outside the box. 

Did you know chocolate can sweeten tea? If you’re a chocolate lover (like me), you can get your chocolate fix in your daily cup of tea. Dark chocolate adds a rich flavor to chai tea. Some people add white chocolate to black tea. Melt some and enjoy! Boba (also called bubble tea in Taiwan) is another creative alternative. This mainly consists of tapioca, milk/creamer, sugar, and water all added to your favorite brewed tea.

Conclusion

Hot or cold, green or black, drinking tea is just as effective and healthier for you than drinking soda. To lessen your withdrawal symptoms, try one cup of tea each day, replacing the can of soda you would normally drink. After a few weeks, you’ll experience more alertness, more energy, and a more vibrant you.

What’s your favorite tea? How do you sweeten it? Share in the comments below.

Featured photo credit: Green Tea / JD via flic.kr

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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