These Sips Will Be Your Cup of Tea

Tone It Up tea party, anyone!?

You know how much Kat and I love coffee… we can’t get enough of our two shots of espresso with a splash of almond milk! But we also have a thing for tea. We like ending our day with herbal decaf Unwind Perfect Fit Tea. And when we feel like a lil’ energy jolt sans coffee, we reach for a cup of Awaken.

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Tea comes in many different varieties and has tons of perks. Sipping on a few cups a day can decrease risk of stroke and reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. The brew also contains an amino acid called L-Theanine, which can reduce stress levels. YASSS please!

Most tea is derived from the same species of plant. The plant undergoes different forms of processing – such as drying, rolling, and heat treatment – that determines the type of tea.

No matter which variety you choose, take a little tea time :)

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Green 

Green tea is heated to prevent oxidation. This makes the brew retain its green color and gives it a higher concentration of body-loving antioxidants than other teas.  Bonus: studies found that compounds in a hot brew have metabolism boosting effects. One 8-oz. cup of this mild-flavor variety contains about 35-70 mg of caffeine. (In comparison, coffee typically has 150 mg per 8-oz. cup.)

Black 

Black tea leaves are fully oxidized and therefore offer fewer antioxidants than green tea. Black tea delivers a higher caffeine content, coming in at about 60-90 mg per 8-oz. cup. The flavor is stronger than green tea and tastes amaze with a splash of almond or coconut milk.

Oolong

This cuppa is semi-oxidized, so it contains an antioxidant level between that of black and green tea. Each 8-oz. glass delivers about 50-75 mg of caffeine. It has a strong flavor similar to black tea, but a bright freshness like green.

White 

White tea is barely oxidized, and it tastes mild and refreshing! Each cup contains about 30-55 mg of caffeine.

Herbal 

This variety isn’t actually made of tea leaves. It usually contains fruit peels, dandelion flowers, jasmine flowers, and Echinacea. Herbal teas are naturally decaf, so sip before bed!

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The Tone It Up Nutrition Plan Recipe Guide has a whole page dedicated to tasty tea recipes, plus thousands of other meals to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

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