Looking for a warming winter drink to relax with? On cold, rainy, grey winter days, it's natural to want to reach for a cup of something warm and comforting.
On cold, rainy, grey winter days, it's natural to want to reach for a cup of something warm and comforting. And the good news is that having a hot drink can actually be good for you! Regular hydration isn’t just for summer (although, admittedly, it’s easier to remember to drink when it’s sunny and hot). Most people still need around two litres of fluid daily, and drinking a variety of teas is a great way to contribute to that intake.
Here are four warming winter brews that both your body and your taste buds will love:
If you’re like most Kiwis, when someone says “tea”, you probably think of black tea. And while you’ve no doubt heard of green tea, you might not realise that both tea types come from the same plant. The difference is that black tea leaves are fermented, where green tea leaves aren’t. Green tea is well known for being rich in antioxidants. However, if you’re caffeine-sensitive, be aware that green tea does contain some caffeine.
South African rooibos (also called “red bush”) tea has become a very popular alternative to coffee or black tea in recent times. And, unlike green tea, rooibos is completely caffeine-free, which means it’s a great alternative if you’re sensitive to caffeine. This property also makes it a great bedtime drink. Plus, you can enjoy the sweet, woody, almost-nutty taste of rooibos either on its own or with milk, depending on your personal preferences.
Sometimes, you want something a little different – and either sweeter or tangier – than green tea or rooibos. That’s when a fruit tea can be an excellent choice. With a wide variety of flavours that range from apple to apricot with passionfruit, from pomegranate & grape to wildberry, there are fruit teas to suit everyone’s palate. Try brewing up a “taste of the tropics” with mango, pineapple & passionfruit to spirit you away from the cold drizzly weather outside. Or if you’d prefer something more refreshing and uplifting, a citrus blend with lemon, lime, tangerine or orange could be a good option. Plus, you don’t need to drink fruit teas hot. Once the weather starts to warm up again, fruit teas taste just as good iced, and they make a great low-sugar alternative to fruit juice.
Finally, many herbal teas make pleasant tasting winter brews – and several of them come with their own properties beyond simply tasting good. For example:
You can easily find all four of these types of tea in the tea section of your local supermarket. Why not try them all and see which ones appeal most to you?
Date:Thursday, 31 July 2014
Date:Monday, 21 February 2011