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CEDARBARK1 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/25/13 7:45 P

I've moved to drinking more tea than coffee.

I can drink coffee brewed at home without milk, but at work it seems essential, otherwise way WAY too bitter.

So now, at work, I mostly drink tea, green, white, black, herbal, roobious. I need no additives to enjoy these brews.

SUROSE62 SparkPoints: (2,940)
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2/25/13 7:35 P

Why does black brewed tea with no sugar or milk show up on SP menus as 2 calories??

FANCYQTR Posts: 13,484
2/19/13 1:47 P

I am always drinking tea, but most I have to sweeten. I usually use Stevia, but sometimes honey. My favorites are Constant Comment, Stash Double Spice Chai and many Celestial Seasonings herbal teas like blueberry, peach or raspberry flavored and Lemon Zinger. They used to have a Honey Peach Ginger that was really good and needed no sweetening, but they discontinued it.

PEACENCARROTS SparkPoints: (0)
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2/19/13 11:01 A

I started drinking "Cinnamon Stick" flavor tea by Bigelow. It has a nice cinnamon taste and I don't add any sweetener or milk to it. I also love Tazo brand "Zen" green tea.

MS_ZENZI Posts: 259
2/18/13 11:10 P

My favorite high end tea is Red Rooibos tea. It's sweet and tart on its own, but many supermarkets don't carry it. When I'm looking for a bagged tea that I can find anywhere, I go for Celestial Seasonings Zinger Tea, preferably raspberry Zinger.

ZORITSA Posts: 275
2/18/13 10:58 P

Love love love my chai teas.Stash has a good chai black and chai green.I tried Yogi brand,but that was WAY to strong for my liking.I also love Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea.It's nice and relaxing.There was a tea I tried from a spa in Fort Collins,Colorado.It was heavenly and needed no sweetner.It had licorice in it and tasted sweet as it was going down.And as for a coffee alternative,I do enjoy a nice cup of roasted dandelion root tea.

LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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2/18/13 10:09 P

One of my favorite things that I actually sometimes use for a "dessert" because it can be a bit sweet, is Spice Tea. There's a lot of variations, some sweeter than others. Most use a mixture of Tang, Unsweetened instant tea, and lemon or lemonade mix, then you add cinnamon and cloves. Look up recipes anywhere on the internet. This is absolute comfort food (comfort drink, I should say), and altogether is like 60 cals or so for one cup. No fat, and minimal carbs. This is usually a Christmas-y drink, but I have continued to enjoy it into the spring. It's just so comforting to me and it is a super great source of vitamin C.

Note - some recipes will add sugar if using unsweetened tea, but I wouldn't recommend this. I think it is definitely sweet enough with the sweetener from the Tang.

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2/18/13 9:00 P

I love Bigelow Green Tea with lemon i haven't tried it without sweetner but i am using less sugar. Thanks for the tips though.

MUA_NOTMAGICIAN SparkPoints: (608)
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2/18/13 1:26 P

It took me a while but I love tea! I used to not be able to stand anything but super sugary sweet iced tea. Now I love my daily cup (or two) of hot tea!

Herbal teas are good if you want something tasty, but what I've come across is that I LOVE the way herbal tea smells... but I cannot stand the way it tastes! It was disappointing for me.

I love Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon. I used to put a spoonful of honey in there, but now I just drink it without any sweetener. It's one of my favorites. I keep a pack of it in my desk at work at all times!

I also love to drink oolong tea. It is delicious without any sweetener. I get this amazing oolong tea from the Asian Food Store in my area (I'm sure you can get it at places like Teavana too).

I never would have been able to drink tea if I hadn't started with it sweetened. I had to drink it with sweetener (first it was equal packet(s) then I moved on to just honey or agave) and then eventually I started to enjoy it without anything added. I would suggest trying a few different kinds, try it with sweetener too then eventually you can cut out the sweetener!


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2/18/13 12:15 P

I have been drinking green, white or herbal tea with honey and lemon but was wondering which was the best, tea bags or loose tea.

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2/14/13 1:14 A

Adagio is a fantastic place to explore tea! I'd definitely recommend checking them out: They've got lots of great info on teas, customer reviews, and even the chance to make your own blends.

Personally I like oolongs and greens, but I generally try to give anything that smells good a try. I take my tea without sugar or milk about 99.9% of the time.

Traditional Medicinals is also a good brand if you're ever feeling like you've got a cold coming on.

2/13/13 5:56 P

I drink decaf iced tea sweetened with Splenda. I've never been a flavored tea fan, I don't even like lemon in my tea (iced or hot). Not much variety, I know - but that's the way I enjoy my tea.

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2/13/13 5:56 P

ooo long tea is delicious

GABBYABBY45 Posts: 79
2/13/13 5:43 P

Hi - Just wondering - I've tried chai tea in the past, didn't really like it. Is there a certain brand you are using that you like the best?

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2/13/13 5:41 P

I am a recent green tea convert... love it... for any canadians out there, President's Choice has an organic green tea that tastes amazing! Better than any other fair trade/organic green tea I have tried

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2/13/13 5:26 P

I love chai tea with vanilla extract, skim milk, and either honey or a tsp. of sugar. It's delicious and tastes decadent but it's really good for you.

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (34,625)
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2/12/13 2:21 P

My current favorite tea is Celestial Season's Cinnamon Apple Spice. So good! I also like peach black tea (Stash has a good one), peppermint tea, fruity flavored green teas... I am pretty sensitive to caffeine, so I usually go for the herbal teas.

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2/12/13 11:29 A

About ten cups a day! All day and night. Love it!

GABBYABBY45 Posts: 79
2/12/13 11:22 A

I LOVE tea. Ever since I was young! Don't remember how old I was, but I had gone to the dentist,had a molar pulled out - and I guess at some point after I had fallen asleep I had started to "suck" on the hole left - well, that started massive bleeding/clots, luckily my sister found me, I was choking on the blood clots. Dentist, who just happened to live across the street, came over - had my mom make tea, and placed gauze soaked in the tea on the spot, and the bleeding stopped - and my love of tea began!
My favorites are jasmine tea, and a spice tea that has bits of orange in the bag.

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
2/12/13 11:06 A

Caravan Coffee's sattwa chai. There are so many spices!

JESSCUNN Posts: 1,453
2/12/13 10:40 A

When I am off coffee you will find me drinking green tea with mango by bigelow, no sugar added and it's inexpensive.

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
2/12/13 10:22 A

I love tea and herbal infusions and drink a good deal of them. If you're trying to find what you like and want to move away from all the added sugar and/or dairy, my thoughts are:

[1] Get some good tea. You don't need 'great' at first. When it comes to bagged tea, you can't go wrong with anything from Stash, imho.

[2] If you want to avoid astringency / bitterness, then prepare tea at the right temperature and for the right time. Herbal teas? Boil away, let them sit, really. The more flavorful the better I find with the 'fruity' ones ... and I love my Raspberry Zinger as much -- or more! -- than the next person. For black teas: heat to a boil, take off the boil for a few (10-ish) seconds, pour, and let steep ~3 minutes. For green teas: heat to about 170F, or let it start to bubble in the pot (almost a simmer), take it from the heat for a few seconds, pour, and let steep ~2 minutes. Remove bag, and never squeeze it to 'get that last drop.' You can deal with preheating the cups or using tea cozies and all that later ...

[3] Eventually move to loose / leaf tea. The bigger the leaf the better, in general. You can buy them online. There are a bunch of nice sources, but just check your local food co-op or health food store, if you have one. Whole Foods or similar will work as well ... where you'll find bulk bins, including spices and teas. Good teas can be $50/lb, but still better priced per cup than tea bags!

[4] I *love* good Earl Grey. But if it's too tart for you, a nice, somewhat floral black tea to have is Darjeeling. Jasmine green teas are wonderful. But if I had to list my favorite tea? "Marco Polo" from Mariage Frères ... see:

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2/12/13 9:27 A


JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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2/12/13 9:20 A

I always try different flavours of green, herbal or black teas. I like the variety I guess. I find if I drink the same flavour for too long, I stop noticing its distinct taste. So I always have a few different flavours on hand.

Some of my favs:

Vanilla bean or dark chocolate chai
Lemon and honey herbal tea
Passion fruit, orange citrus and jasmine green tea
Various berry herbal teas

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2/12/13 9:15 A

I bought a few variety packs of tea so I could expirament and see what kind I like best. I decided early on that I wouldn't add any sweetners etc so I've been drinking them plain and I'm getting used to it :)

2/12/13 8:20 A

CMCOLE - that's funny about the old hay. I have a friend who grew up never drinking tea, due to religious reasons. She finally tried it once as an adult and said it tasted like dirt and hay. Too bad she didn't at least try a nice chai with almond milk or something.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/12/13 6:36 A

my favs are:

- just about anything with nice earthy spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves) (alone or together)
- green teas (some with extras; some without) (you really need to experiment with green teas, because some taste like old hay)

herbal teas are personal - some like them; others don't
if you have access to a tea merchant, or a place where you can actually buy loose or single bags, experiment and evaluate to find a taste that appeals to you.

I don't add anything to mine; but some people do add sweetener, lemon juice or something else to theirs. Again, a personal choice

I also drink black teas - like Russian Caravan, Earl Grey, etc., which are nice full-bodied teas - but some don't like black teas, without the addition of cream, sugar, etc.

2/12/13 4:43 A

I drink green tea to prevent breast cancer and for weight loss and other benifits... about 3 big mugs a day

CYND59 Posts: 7,691
2/12/13 3:07 A

Only decaf herbal tea for me.

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2/11/13 8:28 P

Unsweetened raspberry iced tea and hot green tea.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,826
2/11/13 7:54 P

I'm not a huge tea drinker but I can do fruit flavored tea with a bit of stevia. Trader Joe's Pomegranate is good. Also like chai with a bit of skim or unsweetened almond milk.

QUERIDAANA Posts: 1,287
2/11/13 7:13 P

Tea is a treat for me. I like green tea because of its health benefits.

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
2/11/13 6:48 P

I love tea! And coffee! I drink some of both every day! My favorites are Oolong, Darjeeling to name a couple. You might want to try a sweeter tea --Celestial Seasonings makes a great Honey Vanilla Chamomile. I also love Bigalow brand teas. Some of my favorites are the Chai teas, The suggestion someone else said is a good one--buy an assortment pack and try several different ones! Good luck! emoticon

SINAED SparkPoints: (15,107)
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2/11/13 6:34 P

there are alot of tea varieties may i suggest just cut down on your additions to tea slowly so your palate gets used to it.....maybe sweeten with half the amount of sugar for a week then halve it again...Use skim milk instead of whole milk.

MARG17 Posts: 285
2/10/13 4:44 P

No tea here

2/10/13 4:44 P

I love tea, and it's been a huge help to me losing weight. A midmorning snack of a small handful of almonds or dried fruit goes a lot further if you have it with a cup of tea; it seems more like a mini meal. I don't put sweetener or milk in my tea, because I like it without, and for dieting purposes, I don't want the calories.

My current favorite is Stash Green Chai. Love it, love it, love it. I also like just plain green tea; it might seem a little bland at first, but if you steep it about 5 minutes and really concentrate on the flavors, it has a lot of nuances. I also like Bigelow's Constant Comment (a classic spice tea), Earl Grey, mint teas, and some of the funkier Chinese smoky teas like Lapsang Souchong. For that matter, even plain old Lipton tea bags are nice in their own way. Chamomile tea is very nice, and I like it after work when I don't want any caffeine.

You don't really need any equipment or fancy tea stuff. I like tea bags because they're portable and neat and clean to use at work. Tea is a lot of fun, you'll like it.

Edited by: CALLMECARRIE at: 2/10/2013 (16:45)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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2/10/13 4:28 P

I'm a huge tea drinker, but I can't give up the sweet. Too much of a southern girl! My favorite day-to-day tea is Yorkshire red (a black tea) with a bit of splenda. When I'm at the tea room, I drink it with cream and sugar.

However, I have a huge stable of teas, including imported chinese teas (oolongs, whites, greens, and blacks), British bagged teas, loose teas ranging from herbal to whites. My favorite is Jasmine tea, which is so fragrant that it's sweet on its own. Chamomile is good too, but I like a spot of honey to sweeten it. It can be taken plain, though. Good for your stomach if you're not feeling well.

2/10/13 3:18 P

I love tea! And there's just so much variety if you get into it!

2/10/13 3:14 P

Hi everyone! I was a pop fiend but now I have cut down to one pop a day and drink alot of tea. I dont like water so I figure that to get my water intake I will add unsweetened tea. Good luck to all

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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2/10/13 12:41 P

I am a tea fiend and currently have probably 15 varieties in my cupboard. :) They're all loose teas, which I buy TeaSacs (
) for, so I'm basically making my own teabags. These are all flavors I drink without adding anything.

My go-to regular choice is an Earl Grey de la Creme (which is basically Earl Grey with some vanilla flavoring). I typically have a large mug in the morning and one in the evening. (The caffeine doesn't bother me before bedtime.) I do also love regular Earl Grey.

Other morning-type teas I enjoy are English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast--there are lots of different brands of those and they're pretty readily available in bag form.

When I'm in the mood for something desserty, I love a spice tea. The one I currently have is a spice rooibos (caffeine-free), but I also like (and this feels very indulgent when I drink it, so it's a nice treat) Bengal Spice, which I think is made by Celestial Seasonings.

If possible, I'd suggest finding a tea shop near you. You can tell them what you're looking for, and most of them will let you sample a bunch of different teas so you can really determine which ones you like.

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2/10/13 12:40 P

Hi! This is my first week on Sparkpeople and my first message!! I love tea and would recommend that you try one of those tea shops in the mall if you're near one. Maybe like Teavana (not sure if that is the right name). Anyway, they have free samples that change from week to week, both cold and hot, black and herbal. You can ask them what, if anything, they use to sweeten the samples. If you ever get out to Colorado, the Celestial Seasonings tea factory has free tours and tea sampling. Anyway, these might be good ways to find some teas you might really enjoy!

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2/10/13 10:08 A

my favorite teas are

Yogi Ginger - got a nice spicy fresh ginger taste...good plain or with a little honey
Celestial Seasonings - cinnamon apple spice or true blueberry

also like a mint tea sometimes :)

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/10/13 10:07 A

my favorites are vanilla green tea, vanilla black tea, peppermint herbal tea, and lemon verbena herbal tea.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 951
2/10/13 10:02 A

I enjoy tea, though I usually do coffee in the morning for preference.

I like Breakfast style teas, Rooibos teas and Chai. I think all are good with or without sweeteners or other flavorings (like lemon). Celestial Seasonings has Morning Thunder, a strongly flavored black tea that I've heard people say is similar (but not the same!) as coffee.

I also take green tea and almost always use lemon alone in that. I feel like sweetening it masks the flavor.

WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
2/10/13 9:06 A

Ive never had tea plain, but I enjoy chai tea, vanilla chai, spiced chai, black teas, celestial brand is awesome. I have mine with truvia and 2 tbs cream. For a bedtime snack.

KAYEMM3 Posts: 1,577
2/10/13 2:41 A

I find mint tea to taste good without any sweetener added to it.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (254,065)
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2/10/13 2:39 A

I LOVE tea - black tea or herbal, or made with fruits. I make lemon tea (about 8 cups) by crushing some lemon peel and pouring boiling water onto it, and adding ONE ordinary tea bag. When it is cool I add some lemon juice to it and then refrigerate it. When I go to drink it I add about 1/5 diet lemonade (soda-type) to it. It lifts it, and sweetens it slightly but without adding calories. Ginger goes well in it, too, and with your winter, is warming hot or cold.

At the moment I have a Peach (Tea Bags) on the go, again with a little diet lemonade.

Parsley or mint is also another favourite and both will go well with lemon added to it as well. All you need do is seep some of the herb in boiling water for a few minutes.

As mentioned in the previous post, Chai is a great tea and the cinnamon added is particularly nice and warming, AND relaxing.


BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/10/13 2:17 A

There's just so much choice and variety, it is really hard to make a specific recommendation.

You could see what sort of "assorted flavours sampler packs" you might be able to find at the grocery, or perhaps you have a tea shop near where you live, that could give you some recommendations and taste-tests...

If you like strong (black) tea, consider trying a "chai" flavoured one (cinnamon and other sweet spices).

If you want something that is naturally sort of sweet and creamy, consider trying a rooibos tea. Straight up or with a flavour, they are very nice especially as an evening beverage (no caffeine!) Right at this very second I am drinking this, and it is quite delicious without cream or sugar:

If you like fruity/citrus flavours, there are plenty of herbal blends. Ones that contain beetroot are fun (they just put the tiniest bit in, so you don't taste it, but when you brew it you get this beautiful bright pink tea!). But herbal blends don't really taste like "tea" and might or might not be your cup of tea :)

I recently got ahold of "chocolate flavoured black tea" and also "chocolate mint"... darn, they really good! Doesn't exactly taste like chocolate (tastes like tea!!!) but it *smells* sooo darned good and sweet. I really enjoy it.

To ease out of "tea with milk and sugar" - first try cutting the sugar back by half. then by 3/4. then just tea with milk (you'll start to notice the sweetness of the tea and the milk, as you wean off the sugar). I no longer particularly care for sugar in my tea, but i do still prefer it with a dash of milk - just gives it a little bit of richness and "mouth feel."

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2/10/13 1:58 A

Depends on your taste as to what might work or not, I enjoy Earl Grey straight no sugar or milk - though having it with some honey from time to time is a nice change and of course the various green teas on the market vary in how good they are without needing something added to them to make them taste better.

My mate on the other hand loves Herbal Infusions (aka Herbal teas) everything from peppermint to a combo of flavours (current fav is a winter spice mix - aka a Winter Warming Tea) he tends to drink all his infusions straight no milk or sugar added to them.

Neither of us are ones for adding to our teas - but for me my pref is still coffee, but I grew up with tea always on the stove and a cup already ready at hand that it lost its appeal years ago.

MISSYK25 SparkPoints: (3,440)
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2/10/13 1:23 A

I really want to start replacing my coffee with tea, but all I'm really used to is standard black tea with milk and sugar. Can anyone recommend tea that tastes good without my adding anything? (I know nothing about tea and google is an overload of conflicting information). I'm willing to buy loose leaf tea and any new gadgets.

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