By GMB Nutritionist Melissa Fine
Feeling lost in the tea aisle? We’re tea aficionados at GMB, so we guarantee these won’t end up collecting dust in the pantry…
Pukka Three Ginger##
Trying to get into herbal tea but just aren’t a fan? Pukka might just make you a convert. Made with ginger, galangal and antioxidant-rich turmeric, this warming blend can help soothe the stomach, alleviate nausea and aid digestion. It’s got a little bit of a kick, and a touch of sweetness thanks to the addition of naturally sweet tasting but sugar free licorice (although this doesn’t taste licorice-y if you aren’t a fan of licorice tea).
Pro-tip: brew for at least five minutes and keep the tea bag in the cup while you drink it so that the authentic ginger flavour really infuses.
Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice##
The ultimate tea for curbing a sweet tooth, once you try Bengal you’ll never go back. Ingredients like cinnamon, roasted carob and vanilla make this blend taste super sweet (almost sickly sweet if you brew it strong) - but it’s SUGAR FREE. Add a dash of your go-to milk for a creamy cup of what tastes like dessert. Caffeine free too unlike most chai drinks. Anti-herbal tea peeps take note: it doesn’t taste herbal if you add milk.
Higher Living Cocoa Chilli Tea##
Chocolate and spice and all things nice! Like a hot chocolate without the milk. Ingredients like licorice and smooth vanilla add natural sweetness, so there’s no need to add sugar.
English Teashop Organic English Breakfast##
A great choice if you’re after a quality classic English Breakkie brew. Certified organic and certified by Fair Trade International, you can be assured this pick-me-up brew is chemical free, GMO-free, and supporting the Sri Lankan farmers behind the Ceylon black tea.
Pukka Clean Matcha Green##
If you find green tea too bitter, give this one a try. By blending the perfect ratio of three green tea varieties (Sencha, Oothu and Suoi Gang) with matcha powder, Pukka has created a smooth green tea without the astringency you often find in other green teas.
Fun fact: green tea is rich in the amino acid L-theanine, which has a calming effect on the brain. It also works synergistically with the caffeine present in green tea to improve cognitive (brain) function.
New Twinings In’fuse Cold Water Infusions##
These are so cool and just in time for summer! Just drop an infuser in a bottle of cold water, pop the lid on, give it a good shake after three to five minutes, and you have legit iced tea! The range has no added sugars (other than fruit pieces) or sweeteners and comes in fun flavours like Rose Lemonade with rosehip and beetroot!
Just Rooibos African Tea##
Love a cuppa milky black tea with after a meal? Many people are unaware that black tea (green tea too) contains tannins, which can interfere with nutrient absorption if consumed straight after a meal; iron absorption is particularly reduced.
Rooibos, a South African ‘red bush’ herbal tea tastes quite a bit like a bolder black tea but is tannin-free – so you can enjoy it after a meal without it getting in the way of absorbing the goodness in your food, and without it staining your teeth (tannins are responsible for staining). Try it with or without milk.
Bonvit Roasted Dandelion Tea Bags##
Try this if you’re trying to give up/cut back on coffee and in need of a coffee-tasting substitute… this is it! Dandelion serves as a mild diuretic so can alleviate bloating, and its subtle bitterness can help stimulate digestion.