Tea

Lately I have been wanting a hot drink after I get home, but drinking coffee keeps me up late since the caffeine energizes me. I've been thinking about trying some hot tea. Any suggestions on low calorie tea and are there any benefits of tea. Honestly I'm clueless about hot tea so any knowledge you have would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
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  • janejellyroll
    janejellyroll Posts: 25,878 Member
    The benefits of tea: it tastes good (for many of us), it provides hydration, it can help some people curb the urge to snack.

    For decaf tea, I love mint, ginger, and decaf chai (not all chai is decaf). Sometimes you will see sampler packs, which are a great way to try a bunch of different types of tea and see what you like.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,465 Member
    All tea is low to zero calorie. It's what you put in it (sugar, honey, milk, cream) that has calories.

    You can get decaffeinated Orange Pekoe if you like classic tea, and if artificial sweeteners are not a problem, add a little Stevia or Sweet-n-Low.

    A spicy chai can be lovely, maybe with a teaspoon of powdered cocoa.

    The choices for tea are nearly endless. They do have caffeine, even green tea, but not nearly as much as coffee. Or find a decaffeinated version.

    Herbal teas are typically caffeine free. I like the many citrus blends available.

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  • PaytraB
    PaytraB Posts: 2,360 Member
    Try the herbal teas. They have no caffeine. You'll have to experiment with the flavors to see whether you like a fruity or a spicy blend.
    Teas are tasty and soothing. I like mint, fruity ones, green tea (watch the caffeine levels) and spicy decaf chai.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,465 Member
    Oh, and Chamomile is very soothing and can help you get to sleep.
  • BioQueen
    BioQueen Posts: 694 Member
    I used to be a huge coffee drinker (relied on caffeine a little too much). For the past month I've been caffeine free! Now I substitute coffee for English breakfast tea (decaf) and I make it with about a tablespoon of half-n-half and some truvia and it makes me very happy :)
  • yusaku02
    yusaku02 Posts: 3,478 Member
    jgnatca wrote: »
    All tea is low to zero calorie. It's what you put in it (sugar, honey, milk, cream) that has calories.
    This.
    Tea is quite good on its own and doesn't need anything added. If you drink it plain you can pretty much drink as much as you want without needing to worry about calories. A quick google search told me that black tea has about 2 calories per cup. Note that I'm talking about just leaves in hot water, not any of that chai nonsense. My coworker had some packets of that and was convinced he was being healthy since it's "tea" when each packet had somewhere in the realm of 130 calories.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,465 Member
    edited February 2016
    Regular chai tea bags will be near zero calories too. @yusaku02 your friend must have picked up some kind of powder blend with some sugar and milk in there. I like my chai black with just a little artificial sweetener.
  • TeaBea
    TeaBea Posts: 14,517 Member
    The benefits of tea: it tastes good (for many of us), it provides hydration, it can help some people curb the urge to snack.

    For decaf tea, I love mint, ginger, and decaf chai (not all chai is decaf). Sometimes you will see sampler packs, which are a great way to try a bunch of different types of tea and see what you like.

    Yes - sampler packs are the way to go. I like (flavored) green tea. Just be careful that the water is "just about" boiling. Brewing green tea with too hot water leaves give it a bitter taste.

    Teas are much lower in caffeine than coffee, so even caffeinated might be okay.
  • Need2Exerc1se
    Need2Exerc1se Posts: 13,577 Member
    Like coffee, tea is nearly calorie free if you don't add cream or sugar. My favorite is chai tea but really taste is such in individual thing you just need to try some and see what you like.

    Tea has healthy antioxidants.
  • yusaku02
    yusaku02 Posts: 3,478 Member
    jgnatca wrote: »
    Regular chai tea bags will be near zero calories too. @yusaku02 your friend must have picked up some kind of powder blend with some sugar and milk in there. I like my chai black with just a little artificial sweetener.
    Correct. He had some powdered packet.
  • TeaBea
    TeaBea Posts: 14,517 Member
    yusaku02 wrote: »
    jgnatca wrote: »
    Regular chai tea bags will be near zero calories too. @yusaku02 your friend must have picked up some kind of powder blend with some sugar and milk in there. I like my chai black with just a little artificial sweetener.
    Correct. He had some powdered packet.

    Ugh. I saw a recipe for "instant chai".......instant tea powder, powdered creamer, sugar, etc. You just added hot water.

    That's about as healthy as hot chocolate.
  • cbihatt
    cbihatt Posts: 319 Member
    I love hot tea, but only black tea. Green tea tastes like dirt to me and I don't consider herbal tea to be tea. If it doesn't have tea leaves in it, it isn't tea. That said, there are plenty of different flavored black teas. I like mine sweetened and light, but I can drink it plain if I must.

    Also keep in mind that different brands of tea taste better than others due to quality and personal preference. So, if you don't like it the fist time, don't be afraid to try something else.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 25,217 Member
    TeaBea wrote: »
    yusaku02 wrote: »
    jgnatca wrote: »
    Regular chai tea bags will be near zero calories too. @yusaku02 your friend must have picked up some kind of powder blend with some sugar and milk in there. I like my chai black with just a little artificial sweetener.
    Correct. He had some powdered packet.

    Ugh. I saw a recipe for "instant chai".......instant tea powder, powdered creamer, sugar, etc. You just added hot water.

    That's about as healthy as hot chocolate.

    Real hot chocolate isn't unhealthy (real milk + cocoa powder + sweetener of choice). Cocoa mix may be. Neither meet OP's low-calorie goal, and cocoa is something of a stimulant (less than coffee), but the milk's contribution to nutrition could be a counter-balance, if OP does dairy.

    OP, +1 to trying some herb tea samplers, or decaf teas, given your criteria. I like rooibos, a pre-bedtime tea brand called Nighty-Night (prefer the one without valerian), chamomile, and various mint-y or fruit-y ones.
  • puffbrat
    puffbrat Posts: 2,806 Member
    I love tea! I am supposed to be caffeine free, so most days I just drink water and caffeine free tea. Like others suggested, I love mint tea, but be careful, not all mint teas are caffeine free/decaf. I also recommend chamomile or sleepy time. Samplers are great if you don't know what you like.

    In general, black teas are caffeinated unless otherwise stated, and green teas are decaf or caffeine free. But always check the box because a tea you think may be decaf could have something caffeinated in the blend. Most boxes will state somewhere whether or not the tea has caffeine.
  • cross2bear
    cross2bear Posts: 1,106 Member
    I love a Rooibos tea - its popular in Africa, where it is also called Red Bush Tea. Its basically leaves and twigs! But it has a bit of a tang almost like a citrus flavour, and I enjoy it and dont even log it. Otherwise its milk and sweetener in an Earl Grey (black tea) for less than 20 cals per mug.
  • ObsidianMist
    ObsidianMist Posts: 519 Member
    just go to your grocery store and check out the tea section. grab anything that sounds like it would taste good to you that's caffiene free and try it out! there are so many awesome flavour choices out there. you can even go fancy and go to a looseleaf tea shop and smell everything, which gives you a really good idea of if you would like the taste of it. personally I'm a bit of a tea snob since I used to work in a looseleaf tea shop called Teavana and currently I live in a city with just a David's Tea and I have SO MUCH TEA from there in my cupboard at home. it's such an addiction.
  • koffeekakes
    koffeekakes Posts: 65 Member
    I love, love, love Generation Tea's pu-erh tea! Just black, nothing in it. I call it dirt tea because it tastes like dirt.. BUTTTT... only the most delicious dirt!! :)
  • bspringer544
    bspringer544 Posts: 155 Member
    edited February 2016
    I drink Nighty Night every evening before bed. It's a sweet tea, obviously zero caffeine as its medicated to help you sleep. I buy from David's Tea but I think Walmart and the like could have it too.
  • bendyourkneekatie
    bendyourkneekatie Posts: 696 Member
    I used to drink English breakfast with a splash of milk but now I'm all about black earl grey.
  • Christine_72
    Christine_72 Posts: 16,056 Member
    I drink boat loads of black tea (with milk) everyday, but if I have a cup after 4pm then I can't get to sleep at night.