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It’s Tea Time! The Best Teas to Drink Morning, Noon and Night.

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Pure Fuel: The Best Teas to Drink Morning, Noon and Night.

January is hot tea month and what better way to celebrate than by stretching out that tea total goodness all day long? Say cheers morning, noon and night with your favorite cup of steeped leaves! Just pour, steep and drink and voila, you’ve just made yourself a health-boosting, stress-reducing cup of whole body nourishment that’s both sugar and calorie free. If you’re new to the tea drinking scene, choosing the right kind can be quite overwhelming. So, here is a simple guide to help you choose the best teas to get you through your day sun up to sun down.

  •  Morning: Wake up to matcha. Matcha tea is a potent, antioxidant-rich green tea that offers the boost you crave minus the jitters. High quality, organic, ceremonial grade matcha tea is what you’re looking for if you want a simple cup of hot tea to energize and bring clarity to your day. Add a teaspoon of matcha to a cup full of almost boiling water (180°F is ideal). Whisk the tea and hot water in an “M” or “W” motion until a frothy layer forms on the surface. A touch of honey or coconut sugar is a pleasant addition to neutralize the grassy taste of this vibrant green tea.
  • Noon: Feeling a little sluggish after lunch? Try some Pu-erh tea. Undergoing a unique fermentation process before its final drying, this tea supports digestion and boosts metabolism. With a moderate amount of caffeine, Pu-erh tea will power you through that mid-day slump without keeping you up all night. Bonus: Coming in flavors like chocolate, coconut and cardamom, these teas are a healthy way to crush cravings.
  • Night: Time to let go of the stresses of the day over a steaming mug of rooibos. Technically, this herbal blend is not really tea at all as it does not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. However, it is prepared the same way and is full of health-promoting antioxidants making it completely worthy of your night time routine. This red tea has an intoxicating earthy vanilla taste and is known for its calming effects. The perfect end cap to a tea-filled day of goodness.

Now that you’ve got a handle on what tea to drink when, don’t forget that just like with your favorite fruits and veggies, it’s always best to choose organic when it comes to tea as well. This is especially true for matcha where the entire tea leaf is ingested, since there’s no guarantee that the tea leaves were even washed before processing. Always make sure to read the labels and be weary of additional ingredients like “natural and artificial flavors” and added sugar. Don’t let those used tea bags go to waste, they have powers beyond the cup!  When placed over your eyes for 15 minutes, they can reduce puffiness and under eye circles or they can be used to fertilize your house plants. Pretty cool, right? So, what are you waiting for? Cozy up for a little “me time” with your favorite cup. Dark chocolate {is never} optional.

Pure Fuel: Julie Cooper

-From Julie Cooper, Pure Barre teacher from Pure Barre Lake Norman, North Carolina – Birkdale.

About Julie: I’m a Pure Barre teacher who’s addicted to the shake at the barre and my morning “shake” from my Vitamix. Pure Barre and green smoothies give me the energy, confidence and mood boost I need to get through my long and busy days as a new mommy. You can find some of my other healthy recipes on my blog.

 

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