Hi Tea fans! How many of you love to have a cup of tea during the day?
Tea can provide your body with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, just to mention a few benefits. Plus, some varieties can also help with digestion, may reduce stress and may help you to sleep better at night.
There are so many delicious varieties of tea, it can be hard to choose! While it might seem like any time is good for a cup of tea, some teas are better to have in the evening than others. I’ve put together some tips to help you!
These are the best teas for different times of the day:
First thing in the morning, you might feel a bit sluggish or groggy. You might be tempted to reach for something strong to wake you up but what you should try to do is wait for your body to wake up naturally.
If you enjoy having a cup of tea in the morning, try reaching for one of these:
White tea — While white tea has some caffeine, it doesn’t contain as much as coffee. It also has a lighter flavour than black tea, so it may be a little easier on your stomach first thing.
English Breakfast tea — This is a black tea blend that has a kick of caffeine and lots of flavour.
Matcha — Made from a powder of green tea leaves, matcha is rich in antioxidants.
If you enjoy drinking black teas, just be mindful of having it at meal time. This is because tannins in tea can affect iron absorption.
I know lots of people find they can’t have caffeine in the afternoon, as it can make it harder to fall asleep that night.
These are a few tea varieties you can choose from, depending on whether you like an early or late afternoon tea.
Black tea — Because of the caffeine in black tea, it might be best to have it earlier in the afternoon so it doesn’t affect your sleep.
Green tea — If you struggle to focus in the afternoon, green tea can help! It contains L-theanine, an amino acid which can help your brain to focus.
Herbal teas — Having a herbal tea later in the afternoon can help curb sugar cravings. Some varieties, like ginger tea, can also help get your digestive enzymes working after lunch.
I often have a cup of Pu Er tea after dinner. I find it helps to relax me and I sleep really well. These are some of the best teas to have at night:
Pu Er tea (fermented)— This is the tea to reach for if you are feeling stressed.
Peppermint tea — If you overdid it with dinner, it can help ease a full stomach. It is also really refreshing, so it’s great for a hot night.
Scened tea — This is a good late-night choice. The flavour is a combination of fruity or flowerish, so it’s yummy after dinner.
I hope you find these suggestions helpful!
Of course, our bodies are slightly different, so find what works best for you.
While tea has lots of benefits, make sure you are still drinking plenty of water too.
What are some of your favourite tea varieties?