Celebrate National Hot Tea Month
Posted by Natalie Simone
The new year is often filled with resolutions of improving habits. From working out to eating to being more organized, the focus often seems to be anything to make yourself feel better and more accomplished. I am the same. Although I like to include one thing that is an easy win. 🙂 That will be – start my day with hot tea not coffee. Win.
The timing is perfect for this little resolution. With January being very chilly – in almost all parts of the United States (even Florida is having a cold front…aka 70s) it is the perfect time to enjoy National Hot Tea Month! Along with that, the Tea Council of the USA has announced that the first ever Nation
al Hot Tea Day will be January 12. So in preparation for such an occasion – lets spill the tea on tea.
There is SO much to think about when it comes to tea. If you go into this aisle in the grocery store you are overwhelmed with blends and flavors. Many tea tasting guides say there are five categories of flavor (note that one tea may fall into multiple categories):
Spicy – the most popular example would be chai tea which is one of my FAVORITES. Although I may have found some new options thanks to the Tazo Tea Guide. Many times these flavors will have notes of ginger, peppers, cinnamon. Think warm flavors you find in your spice cabinet.
Sweet – this is going to be those teas flavored with vanilla or caramel. Anything that sounds like a dessert is probably going to have that sweeter taste. These could be good options for someone transitioning from coffee – assuming that you like those coffee ship flavored brews.
Fruity – self explanatory, right? Think fruit! The citrusy flavors can be wonderful for a morning pick me up.
Floral – you will taste what a flower smells like. These are very aromatic blends. I’m going to say that floral flavors are not for everyone. Some people are very sensitive to that fragrant taste.
Savory – my nighttime favorite, chamomile, fits into this section. Think calming but bold flavors. Typically a zen tea experience.
Like coffee, sometimes tea needs a little something to help out the natural flavors. This is where tea can go from healthy to harmful. Loading it up with sugar is going to turn this delicious pick me up to a calorie-laden sugar crash. Try small amounts of your favorite low or no calorie sweetener or a spoonful of honey and cashew or almond milk.
Tell me, what is your favorite tea? And how do you take it?