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Old 05-30-2012, 08:56 PM
Location: Sunshine State
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Thanks all, I will try the suggestions. I think because I drink mostly water that tea and coffee just have a strong taste for me that takes getting used to. Coffee isn't an option because by the time I doctor it up then it's mostly milk and sugar with a dash of coffee so doesn't seem like a healthy start to the day. I've tried a few more and it seems like I do better with plain black, white, and green teas that aren't flavored, though a couple of cups too close together makes me jittery.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:18 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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You can also buy green tea capsules, if you're wanting the health benefits of drinking green tea without having to drink it, or wanting a little bit of caffeine.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:48 PM
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I use Truvia in my teas, which is a combination of stevia and erythritol. I found the flavor of straight stevia to be extremely unpleasant.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:25 PM
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I drink it black/green.....straight up.

For me, sugar or any other carbs blunts the stimulant effect of caffeine.......can't have that.

Frankensweeteners...............yikes, gives me dynamic winds and bloating for about a day. Gets so bad that I will make a mess of my panties.....have to throw them away.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:42 PM
Location: Bryan, TX
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I just started using a tiny bit of Truvia, although I prefer a small amount of agave nectar
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:37 PM
Location: God's Country
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I drank hot green tea with a lot honey and 3 teaspoons of Splenda.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Travelling Gal View Post
I am a reluctant tea drinker. I don't drink coffee either, but as I get older it's harder to get going in the morning. I turned to tea to kill two birds with one stone: 1) put a little pep in my step and 2) the touted health benefits. So far green tea with a little lemon (or some sort of citrus) and honey is the only one tea that I like. I've tried black, white, dandelion, various herbals, jasmine (blech!), cinnamon, and peppermint, but lemon and honey just doesn't do the trick for all of these and mostly I just choke them down and am glad when it's over.

How do you all sweeten (short of adding sugar) or cut the bitterness in your teas?
Just wondering - maybe it's the quality of tea that you are buying or the preperation? Once I switched to correctly steeping and buying quality whole tea leaves - I began to enjoy tea alot more.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:44 AM
Location: In a house
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The only tea that I drink, is the tea that I -like.- I don't drink teas I don't like, I just don't see any point. There are plenty of other foods that contribute to good health, that you don't have to force-feed yourself tea, ever.

My personal preference for commercial tea, is good old fashioned orange pekoe, which is what you find in a Lipton teabag (though I do like loose tea better than pre-packaged bagged tea). With honey and lemon. Downside: it gives me digestive upset and I feel nauseated after drinking it. So I rarely drink it, except when I'm in a rare tea-drinking mood.

My favorite special-made tea, is loose black tea, with a tiny bit of powdered cardamom. No cream, sugar, honey, milk, lemon, anything. Just black, and piping hot. This tea doesn't give me any digestive upset at all, and it's exquisite and delicious, as is.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:10 AM
Location: Tigard, Oregon
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I use a big cup and 2 teabags - 1 green and one Mint medley, no sweetner. It's good warm or cold. Since I've mostly phased out sweetners, I drink my coffee black too these days too, something I thought I'd NEVER do.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:57 AM
Location: Missouri
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I add sugar and milk to my orange pekoe. You might try it with just milk and see if that helps. Be sure to let it cool a bit first; I find that occasionally if I add milk when it is still super hot, the milk curdles a bit. Maybe milk and honey would do it for you.
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