The best teas for different times of day
Apart from being a delicious drink, tea can also aid digestion, promote relaxation and partnered with the right food, it can take a meal from average to awesome. In our opinion, it’s always a good time for tea but with so many to choose from, it’s hard to make a decision. We spoke to Tetley’s tea master, Justin Panton, and he gave us the lowdown on the best teas for morning, noon and night.
A cup of tea first thing in the morning is one of life’s simple pleasures and when sipped beside a delicious breaky, it can aid digestion. “As a morning pick-me-up, I would suggest a full-bodied black tea that will deliver a boost of caffeine, without the spike associated with coffee,” says Planton. No time for breaky at home? Make your tea in a thermos or travel cup for a bevvie on the go.
Drinking a cup of tea with lunch can help us feel fuller for longer, helping to stave off those 3pm sugar cravings. “The Tetley range of pure and steamed green teas go well with food. The delicate nature of the green tea flavour means they won’t detract from the meal you’re eating,” Planton explains.
This the perfect time for a milky tea. “A black tea will restore concentration and make you a little more alert for the afternoon ahead,” says Planton. Another bonus, your mid-afternoon tea will get your digestive enzymes working to help breakdown lunch.
A warm drink before bedtime can help us unwind after a long day. The best brews before sleep are caffeine free and are lightly scented to aid relaxation. “Chamomile with a hint of lemon will help you de-stress, peppermint with a twist of lemongrass can help with digestion, or cinnamon and orange is a tasty treat that’s free from caffeine too,” says Planton.
While teas have a myriad of health benefits (and can make an afternoon snack taste more delicious) remember to ensure you’re drinking enough water through the day. Caffeine is a diuretic, so you want to drink two cups of water for every one cup of caffeinated tea you consume.