A bit of a random topic, but as I sit here sipping my green tea in a hungover state I thought a quick post on some yummy teas would be revelant!
Having coeliac disease has always meant generally I eat a more healthy diet, but this year I really want to step it up a bit.
Looking after your gut when you have coeliac disease is really important, and drinking crappy fizzy drinks and milky, sugary coffees is not the best idea!
I'm a self confessed coffee addict, but this year would really like to try and switch to teas which have more health benefits than a quick instant coffee with milk and sugar!
So here, to start the year, is my top three favourite teas!
1. Peppermint tea
Now I've written a blog post on this before, but really wanted to reiterate how amazing peppermint tea is if you have coeliac disease, or any food intolerance come to think of it!
Peppermint has amazing digestive qualities, and I've often found it soothing when I've had a 'gluten attack' or eaten something that hasn't made me feel great.
I took me a little while to get used to the taste, but I find it best drunk warm (not hot) and you can even add a bit of honey to sweeten it.
I would definitely recommend this if you have eaten gluten by accident - it may not be able to cure you but a few cups will certainly make you feel better!
2. Green tea with pomegranate
I have tried for years to drink green tea without positively retching, but now I have finally found a way to overcome the bitter taste and drink it!
I picked up a box of green tea with pomegranate tea bags one day, and never looked back!
Brew for 3-4 minutes, remove the teabag and leave to cool for a little while, and this tea really is quite yummy!
The sweetness of the pomegranate really takes the bitter edge off the green tea, and it's packed full of antioxidants so is great for your skin too!
There are so many health benefits of green tea I couldn't even begin to list them all, but it's certainly worth giving this a try if you hate plain-old green tea but want to benefit from it.
3. Hibiscus and ginger tea
I first tried hibiscus tea made with the freshly dried flowers when I went to Uganda in 2011 and it was absolutely amazing!
Coming back home after two weeks of drinking the sweet, calming drink, it was horrible to not be able to have it anymore.
However, I found these Yogi teabags, and although expensive they are delicious!
The ginger gives it a zingy edge, but leave this to brew while you drink it and the flavour just keeps on developing.
A great winter warmer to enjoy before bed, this is my treat when I want something a bit different, and I love it!
What's your favourite tea?
Whether you're into herbal delights, fruity cuppas or just a plain milk-and-two-sugars, I'd love to hear what your favourite is.
I think I'm going to make a real effort to keep trying new flavours, so would welcome any suggestions!