Are you trying to cut down on your coffee intake without hitting a wall?
Or maybe you are keeping your morning cup of joe but are looking for new ways to add a nutrient boost to your favourite beverage.
Well say hello to tea lattes!
When you drink a tea latte instead of the traditional milk and espresso variety you can still enjoy the warm, rich, creamy experience that you have come to know and love, but with all the benefits and variety that the world of tea has to offer.
Here are three reasons why you should give tea lattes a try.
- YOU GET YOUR CAFFEINE WITHOUT HITTING A WALL
The tea plant, camellia sinensis, is naturally caffeinated. But it is also the only plant that contains the amino acid L-Theanine which helps the mind and body relax. So, when you drink tea as a pick me up, you get the energy, focus and clarity that caffeine offers, without the anxiety, jitters, and crash that some people experience after drinking coffee.
- TEA IS REALLY GOOD FOR YOU
Tea has a ton of nutrients that your body loves! Most of its health boosting benefits come from polyphenols, particularly antioxidants. Antioxidants protect against cancer, are good for the cardiovascular system, and fight free radicals. Tea can improve metabolism, lower cholesterol and lower cortisol too! Green tea in particular is also very high in EGCG which has been shown to both prevent and treat neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s.
And, while herbal teas don’t actually contain the traditional tea leaf, they are often formulated with ingredients that have their own nutritional superpowers, like vitamin C, magnesium and trace minerals, that can be steamed into a latte too!
- VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
Because there are so many different varieties of tea, the flavours you can create in a tea latte are truly limitless! You can go with known and loved classics like a London Fog, a vibrant green matcha, or a spiced chai latte. Or, if you want to get more creative, try another tea from your cupboard. You might like a turmeric spiced golden milk for its anti-inflammatory properties or an iced hibiscus latte to cool you down on a hot day.
Sipping a tea latte is a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy any tea of your choosing. If you have a pot and something to heat it on (or a milk frother if you want to get fancy), you can turn any tea into a latte!
You can have your local barista whip one up for you too. Most cafes offer London Fogs and Chai Lattes on the menu, but you can ask for any variety your heart desires.
So, whether you are looking to upgrade your classic cuppa, are wanting to enjoy your favourite tea in a new way or are just looking for an enjoyable beverage to sip on, a tea latte might be exactly what you need.
If you are in the Sea to Sky area check out Cranked in Whistler or Caffè Artigiano and Delanys Coffee in Vancouver to try Denman Island Tea’s deliciously creamy London Fog, Chai or Maccha Lattes! Or head over to our online shop to order your favorite tea to turn into a latte at home. www.denmantea.ca