This is actually from Skinnytaste, so it you could actually have this WITH your tea!
When I was growing up, my family ate dinner together every night at the table. I can’t remember a time that we ate in front of the TV. Honestly, I didn’t even know people did that until I was older. Although my sister and I fussed about all of the veggies back in the day, my mom made us wholesome and healthy meals. Some of the meals we turned our nose to then are my favorites now. But after most meals, there was a morsel of something sweet. A bite size candy bar, a homemade chocolate chip cookie, a fresh apple crisp.
To this day, I crave sugar when I’m through with my meal, or even as a late night snack. I have a definite sweet tooth (or be real, TEETH). If someone told me I couldn’t have potato chips ever again, I’d be just fine, but threaten my sugar? LOOK OUT.
Obviously, I have adopted a healthy lifestyle over the years and have come to terms that I shouldn’t be chowing on chocolate and desserts whenever I get the urge (because believe me, that’s pretty frequently). I have also found that the best way to stay on a healthy track is not to deprive yourself of the things you want. The more you categorize food as “bad” and “can’t have” the more you want it. It’s just the way our crazy brains work.
So what are we do to with our sweet tooth that keeps yelling at us? Trick it! My favorite way to trick my brain out of craving sweets is with hot tea. Tea comes in so many flavors, is filling, relaxing and has a lot of health benefits to boot!
Black tea: high levels of antioxidants that reduce cholesterol / studies have linked black tea to reduction in stroke risk / caffeine has been shown to boost metabolism
Green tea: has been linked to warding off everything from cancer to heart disease / low or caffeine free
Oolong tea: studies have linked oolong to increased weight loss
Herbal tea: so many benefits to all the different types of herbal tea, there is one for any issue you rae having! Peppermint tea can calm the tummy, chamomile promotes healthy sleep.
Flavored teas: contain the same benefits as their unflavored friends, and those flavored with natural berries, etc have the added antioxidant powers of the fruit! Keep in mind though, I’m recommending hot tea brewed from dried leaves, not the mysterious iced ‘tea’ from the can.
I like to enjoy a cup of tea after dinner or while I am relaxing before bedtime. Here are some of my favorites:
Traditional Medicinals Tea has a lot of varieties with natural ingredients to help you with whatever ails you. They are a bit on the ‘herbal’ tasting side of the spectrum, just as a warning. I am used to my food tasting like plants, so I love them!
Yogi Teas is along the same line, natural and wholesome ingredients. I like them because they have some fun flavors too, Caramel Apple Spice is so good!
Do you have any tips for getting passed the mental craving of your favorite naughty foods? I’m always game for more tactics, so let me know in the comments. Thanks for stopping by, cheers!
My tea is not only healthy & calorie free, it is also kind. Ha!