Unfortunately, coffee and I don't really get along. I've tried regular, decaf, even the double decaffeinated half-caf with a twist (ala L.A. Story). The acidity of coffee was too much for me and leaded versions left me bright-eyed and bushy tailed at 3am. I still needed a little pick-me-up from a bit of caffeine though, and oh was I missing that warm beverage in the morning.
Enter tea. It's warm. It's flavorful. It gives you a little boost, but can be easier to tolerate for those that have to watch the acidity in foods and beverages. There is an almost overwhelming number of tea options on the market - green tea, black tea, herbal tea, chai tea. Yogi brand even has a line of "women's teas".
Here are a few brands and varieties that I have safely enjoyed. Be sure to check the packaging of all teas and contact the manufacturer directly if you are not sure about ingredients. Surprisingly, some varieties do contain barley or barley malt in their flavorings.
Bigelow: Varieties that are gluten free are indicated directly on the package. I've tried Earl Grey, Vanilla Chai, Decaffeinated and Regular Green Tea flavors.
Twinings: English Breakfast
Lipton: Black tea, Green tea varieties
Tazo: Black tea, Green tea (NOTE: Tazo's website lists the following varieties as NOT gluten free - Green Ginger, Tazo Honeybush, Lemon Ginger, and Tea Lemonade). Starbuck's serves Tazo loose-leaf tea which makes for a pretty yummy green tea soy latte.
Celestial Seasonings: Celestial seasonings indicates the gluten free status of each flavor right on their website. I've enjoyed Herbal sampler and Cinnamon Apple Spice to name a few.
This recipe for Vanilla Green Tea latte is delicious and a great way to get some immune boosting antioxidants into your diet. With only 50 calories per serving, it's a skinny indulgence too! I use our espresso machine to steam and froth the almond milk.
Vanilla Spice Green Tea Latte
1 green tea bag (decaf or regular)
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup Silk vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon or 1 stick cinnamon
Steep the tea bag in boiling water. While the tea is steeping, steam and froth the almond milk using the steaming wand of your espresso machine. Pour tea into a mug and add frothed milk. Sprinkle cinnamon into mug and stir. If you do not have an espresso machine, simply heat the almond milk in a microwave or on the stove, add to a blender along with tea and cinnamon, and blend until frothy.
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