A morning drink can make or break your day. Though most people rely on their caffeine kick while a lot are switching to herbal teas. This post will guide you on the best morning teas that can definitely save your day. Before we jump on to the topic lets see why you should switch to morning teas.
Many people wish to replace their daily coffee intake for diverse reasons. Maybe the high volume of caffeine content in coffee makes them feel jittery and anxious for the rest of the day or, like some drinkers have complained, nagging migraines when they can’t get their daily shots of caffeine. Some coffee consumers want to stop because of medical reasons or because their dietician advised them to replace their coffee with something healthier. Whatever the reason, there is a desire by some coffee drinkers to switch to another beverage that, perhaps, gives them the same kick a coffee does.
People who consume tea instead of coffee have a much lower risk of having stroke and heart diseases. This is not to say there is no caffeine in tea, but the volume in tea is significantly lower than the amount in coffee. A cup of coffee could have as much as 95mg – 200mg of caffeine per serving, while an average cup of tea would have about 15mg – 60mg per serving.
The side effects of having too much caffeine in your body range from insomnia, restlessness, nervousness nausea, and stomach upset to vomiting, increased heartbeat, and breathing rates. But the biggest fear for ardent coffee drinkers is the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. Some studies have shown it could cause breast tissue cysts in women, gout attacks, and increased blood pressure.
Switching to tea will very likely make you sleep better, help with digestion and reduce constipation, give you a stronger immune system, keep you fitter and healthier, and generally help in protecting against certain types of cancer. Teas have zero calorie content when they are brewed and served plainly without milk or sweeteners. Whatever the reason may be, this article has a list of the best morning teas to replace your coffee with.
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IS GREEN TEA GOOD FOR MORNING?
Green tea, after white tea, is the least processed and oxidized tea. It has worldwide recognition and a reputation for being one of the healthiest teas. It is made with the leaves gotten from the popular tea plant ‘Camellia sinensis’. The youngest plants and buds are harvested, preferably during the spring season, and they are carefully and skillfully withered and steamed or pan-fired before quickly drying them to prevent further oxidation.
Green tea has very minimal caffeine content (an average of 20mg to 25mg) because of its low oxidation and it brews into a very refreshing, vitalizing, and delicious drink when properly done. Its color ranges from pale yellow to green to light brown. It has a soft variety of flavors that ranges from buttery, nutty, floral, swampy, grassy, oceanic, sweet and fruity, to list a few. Some claim that green tea has a bittersweet after taste but most tea masters have assured that when green tea is brewed properly, it’s a sweet tea beverage with no bittersweet aftertaste. Still you can easily make it taste better as shown in this guide.
Green tea is also packed with a ton of antioxidants which is responsible for the many health benefits that come with it. It improves brain function, promotes fat burn, prevents against certain types of cancer and heart diseases, and does a whole lot more for the body.
HOW IS BLACK TEA FOR MORNING?
Black tea is the most oxidized and processed tea after the Oolong tea. Black tea leaves are also gotten from the tea plant ‘Camellia sinensis’, the leaves are allowed to fully oxidize i.e. turn completely dark brown or almost black before they are heat-processed and dried. Generally, black tea is rich, strong, and bold tea. It has a color range of amber, red and dark brown. Its flavor can be smoky, malty, nutty, spicy, metallic undertone, honeyed, earthy, leather, citrusy, caramel, and fruity. It ranges from savory to sweet.
The difference in flavor and color is due to its oxidation rate. This is also the reason it has a higher caffeine content compared to green tea, oolong tea, and white tea, which are not as oxidized as the black tea. Even though it has the least amount of antioxidants compared to the other teas, it still has a decent amount that made researchers name it a health beneficial tea beverage. It boosts heart health and helps prevent chronic diseases.
It may also lower bad LDL cholesterol, help reduce blood pressure and blood sugar level, and generally improves gut health as well as lowering the risk of having a stroke. Black tea has a trace of bitterness and astringency to it, but when brewed properly it should also be smooth to the tongue and flavored. Some articles claim it’s the most consumed liquid after water. Whatever the case may be, black tea is a great substitute for coffee.
ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA , SHOULD YOU TRY?
The English breakfast tea can also be simply called breakfast tea. The English breakfast tea is popularly described as being full-bodied, robust, rich, and full of flavor. It is most common in English and Irish culture. This type of tea is a type of black tea blend that mostly includes an equal amount of Assam, Kenyan, and Ceylon tea leaves. The premium and more expensive brands include Keemun. These black tea types are blended in such a way that they go great with milk and sweeteners like sugar or honey, popular with the Irish and English culture.
The taste can be bitter, malty, or slightly sweet depending on the brew without milk or sugar. This tea also contains zero calories, except the consumer decides to infuse milk and sweetener, then the calorie content depends on the calorie content of the milk and sweetener added per cup. The English breakfast tea typically offers the health benefits that black tea offers- a refreshing and vitalizing tea beverage and it’s delicious when brewed properly with or without milk and sweetener.
YERBA MATE, THE STRONG ONE
Yerba mate is the only tea on the list that’s also said to have the strength of a coffee shot, containing about 85mg of caffeine. This is lesser than the amount in coffee but it is higher than the typical amount in most tea types. It’s a type of tea traditionally from South America and it’s mostly regarded as a herbal tea. Unlike the other teas on the list, this tea is made from the leaves and twigs of the ‘IIex paraguariensis’ plant. The leaves and twigs are heated and dried over a fire after harvesting, milling, and aging. They are then steeped in its traditional gourd to make the tea.
Research shows that the antioxidant content in Yerba mate is higher than in Green tea and this came as a surprise to lots of tea enthusiasts. The Yerba mate is also known to improve mental focus and boost energy. It also reduces fatigue and improves physical performance, as well as reducing blood sugar levels. The flavor and taste of the yerba mate are largely determined by the aging process after it’s been milled and stored in bags.
Yerba mate has eucalyptus and earthy flavor. The taste is strong, bitter, and also earthy. As a result, sweeteners are mostly used before drinking. The sweeteners can be added before or after steeping.
ULTIMATE SAVIOR : OOLONG TEA
Oolong tea is more oxidized than Green tea but less oxidized than Black tea. It has a wide oxidation range of 8% to 85%, and because of this, its taste and flavor are widely varied- more varied than any other tea type. The Oolong tea leaves are gotten from the popular tea plant ‘Camellia sinensis’. The tea could be made to lean more towards the green tea oxidation range and then it would just be slightly more oxidized than the green tea and its flavor would be more floral, buttery, seaweedy, swampy, grassy, sweet, fruity and nutty than the Oolong that was made to lean more to the black tea side. Then the flavor would range from roasted, fruity, caramel, honeyed, citrusy, earthy, leathery, malty, and spicy to list a few.
The taste of the Oolong also depends on the oxidation rate, which could make it taste more like green tea (with sweet and floral undertones) or like a black tea (roasted and caramel honeyed). However, it’s generally known to be a delicious drink. When the leaves are harvested, they are allowed to wither under direct sunlight until they are oxidized to the satisfaction of the tea master and the particular brand of Oolong he is making, and then they are heated over a fire and dried. It is safe to say the Oolong tea is the tea that lies between the green tea and the black tea. Its color varies from pale yellow, green, light brown, amber, red and dark brown.
Oolong tea has more antioxidant properties than black tea. It also has its health benefits for its consumers, like helping to protect against certain types of cancer, helping with weight loss, improving brain function, and many more.
WHITE TEA FOR MORNING BLISS
White tea is the least oxidized and processed tea on the list. Some tea enthusiasts claim the tea isn’t oxidized at all but many tea masters claim this cannot be true because tea leaves start oxidizing the moment they are harvested. This is why white tea harvesting and processing require speed, care, and skill. Very young buds and leaves of the popular tea plant are harvested and withered lightly under the sun and then air-dried. It has the least caffeine content in the list and higher antioxidant properties than the other tea types. Test tube research showed that it helped prevent some cancer types from spreading. White tea also protects against osteoporosis, protects against heart diseases, and promotes weight loss. Its color is a very pale yellow. It has a sweet, floral, and honeyed taste and the flavor could be floral, grassy, citrusy, or honeyed.
There are many more tea types out there that you can pick up as a replacement for coffee. But I have selected these due to their low caffeine content, great taste, and amazing health benefits.
Cheers to the tea life!