I started drinking coffee a few years ago, building up from a mocha, to a latte in a desperate bid to like it, and now I’m hooked. A really great coffee after a workout if the perfect start to my day. I’m lucky that where I live and work there are small artisan coffee shops and stands that serve the good stuff.
After 3 o clock I switch to tea. English Breakfast/Builders tea or earl grey with plenty of milk. I have to have a cuppa around 4-4.30 otherwise I get grumpy -something I have inherited from my Mum. (Ask Tom and he’ll tell you that my Mum’s day revolves around tea!)
The truth is, I drink too much tea and coffee. Probably on average 6 cups a day between them, and I’m trying to cut down. Swapping them for other delicious hot and cold drinks seems to be the way forward for me, so I thought I’d share my favourite tea and coffee alternatives with you!
- Flavoured Green Tea– my personal favourite is Gingerbread Green tea from Twinings, it is lovely and sweet and the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Sadly I think it might be a seasonal flavour, but I recently found it in Waitrose (and bought out their entire stock!) Ashley also said their Cherry Bakewell flavour is delicious.
- Peppermint tea– a brilliant after dinner tea that cleanses the palette and helps aid digestion. Fresh mint also works really well.
- Chicory Coffee– sounds weird, tastes wonderful, especially when you stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil. Use ground roasted chicory and then make it up in the same way you’d make instant coffee. The coconut oil adds a luxurious smooth texture, and makes the drink feel really nourishing.
- Vita Coco Cafe– Coconut water and coffee. This obviously has real coffee in, but it’s delicious and hydrating. Plus there’s magnesium in the coconut water, a key but often overlooked mineral crucial in the human body.
- Lemon and hot water– this refreshing drink is a really perfect way to start the day, it helps balance your pH, aids digestion and is a great source of vitamin C.
- Water– I often think I want a cuppa but really I’m just thirsty. I keep a bottle of water on my desk and try to drink at least 2 litres while I’m at work.
How much tea/coffee do you drink a day? Any alternatives you can suggest?