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What shall I put in my substitute cup of tea?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2011 at 12:26 PM

I can't stop drinking tea, which is a problem as I have it sweetened and with a dash of milk - neither of which I want. Given that it's the ritual and warmth I think I like (there are times when a glass of water just won't do it), I've decided to make my own warm drink (not that keen on herbal teas).

I'm thinking I could freeze ice cubes, take them into work and add boiling water. I've not got further than thinking lemon juice.

Does anyone else do this and have any ideas what would make a good paleo approved alternative to tea?

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on July 01, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Yum, that sounds great! Thanks Kelly

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on July 01, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Never tried tea with coconut milk, perhaps that would take away my need for it to be sweet. Will be trying that!

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on July 01, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Chicken broth is a great idea UncleLongHair, that would be especially lovely as it's winter over here at the moment!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on June 27, 2011
at 04:31 PM

licorice root is a natural sweetener too!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on June 27, 2011
at 04:30 PM

Try making Roobois in your expresso machine (or they do this at starbucks too), it tastes so amazing that way!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Yum, I love dark chocolate. Milk chocolate tastes fake to me.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Great idea to buy a stevia plant!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:03 PM

That is a great idea. I'm going to have to try that. 8)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:02 PM

I drink rooibos. It took a little getting used to the flavor, but now it's one of my favorites. Most teas give me a headache or brain fog (probably additives?), but I found rooibos tea with nothing else added to it and it doesn't give me any trouble.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:32 AM

+1 for the broth idea, exactly what I was going to suggest

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:13 AM

You'll take away my tea only from my cold, dead hands! No other drink makes me happy like hot, looseleaf black tea with milk and a bit of sugar or honey. Since I seem to tolerate grass-fed milk fine, I'm happy to keep drinking it. I would lose much more than I would gain.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 26, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Put a dollop of coconut milk in it. Delish!!

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 25, 2011
at 01:50 PM

plus tea-bags are so much easier to carry around than ice-cubes! :)

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 25, 2011
at 01:43 PM

I don't see anything terribly wrong with tea. If you're cutting it out because you want to be free of the shackles of caffeine, or for other personal reasons, a replacement I like is rooibos. I know you said you aren't crazy about herbal tea, but rooibos is warm and rich. It's really nice with heavy cream or coconut milk, and on it's own. It's often sold in chai or spice blends that are nice too.

here's what wikipedia says about it's 'health benefits':

Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries, particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves. Rooibos also contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones.

Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.

Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies, asthma and dermatological problems

Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.

Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies, asthma and dermatological problems

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 25, 2011
at 01:50 PM

plus tea-bags are so much easier to carry around than ice-cubes! :)

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on June 27, 2011
at 04:30 PM

Try making Roobois in your expresso machine (or they do this at starbucks too), it tastes so amazing that way!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:02 PM

I drink rooibos. It took a little getting used to the flavor, but now it's one of my favorites. Most teas give me a headache or brain fog (probably additives?), but I found rooibos tea with nothing else added to it and it doesn't give me any trouble.

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Aeec781cc234fcae119d4a71532058f5

(2047)

on June 25, 2011
at 01:11 PM

I love the warmth of a hot drink too. I haven't bothered to find a substitute for coffee since I haven't had any issues with drinking it. If tea isn't causing you problems, I don't think there's a need to cut it from your diet. Use heavy cream or coconut milk instead of milk. I've gotten used to not using sweetener.

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on July 01, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Never tried tea with coconut milk, perhaps that would take away my need for it to be sweet. Will be trying that!

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on June 25, 2011
at 02:41 PM

You could drink weak bone broth, such as chicken broth. It is very comforting and nutritious.

I add heavy cream to my tea or coffee which makes it delicious and satisfying. I wouldn't worry too much about a little tea, as long as it isn't laced with sugar.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:32 AM

+1 for the broth idea, exactly what I was going to suggest

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:03 PM

That is a great idea. I'm going to have to try that. 8)

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on July 01, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Chicken broth is a great idea UncleLongHair, that would be especially lovely as it's winter over here at the moment!

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on June 25, 2011
at 12:58 PM

I know what you mean about the ritual. :~) I guess you don't want to use stevia? I use a tiny bit of stevia and coconut milk (about 1/4 cup) in my coffee and black tea. I also drink lots of iced tea made from half green and half black tea, with lemon juice and stevia. I try not to use much of the stevia. You could make black tea with coconut milk and cinnamon in it (no sweetener) - that is pretty yummy.

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on June 25, 2011
at 11:03 PM

I used to have 2 sugars in my tea and coffee. If you cut it out, after about 2 months you will forget you ever have sugar at all. you will never look back. now i actually know what coffee tastes like. i can also now appreciate dark chocolate, because i dont have such a sweet tooth.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Yum, I love dark chocolate. Milk chocolate tastes fake to me.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 25, 2011
at 09:37 PM

Not a lot to add here. Plus one for all the great suggestions:) I don't like the taste of powdered Stevia, but I got a stevia plant (small herb) and just put a few leaves in my teapot of green or white tea and it gives it just a slight sweet taste with no aftertaste. Otherwise heavy cream in black tea w/no sugar get easier and easier to take, as does coffee and cream without sugar. In fact I can't stand sugar in coffee anymore.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Great idea to buy a stevia plant!

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:46 AM

If you're adding milk for the sweetness factor and you're wanting to cut the dairy you could try using a little raw local honey.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on June 25, 2011
at 05:15 PM

A yummy treat for me: roobois chai(EcoTeas) with coconut milk and a little stevia...hot or iced=delicious!

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 25, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Aromatic waters are popular where I live. You can literally add anything you want. put in a small tea pot a variety of fresh things like spearmint, lemongrass, cinnamon, cut fruit like strawberries, apple, etc. (just a berry and a thin slice or two of apple will do). pour the hot water on it and let it heat a few minutes thru.

The fruit gives some sweetness and the herbs add flavor!!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on June 27, 2011
at 04:31 PM

licorice root is a natural sweetener too!

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on July 01, 2011
at 04:08 AM

Yum, that sounds great! Thanks Kelly

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on June 25, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Tea + heavy cream. Don't stop drinking it, just start drinking it plain. Green tea is excellent also. I love oolong :D

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5319421e0fe702fa988f62bda8180015

on July 11, 2013
at 11:13 PM

I cannot give up my cuppa tea. But I like it white. Can't tolerate dairy so I usually have soy but I'd like to kick that. Coconut milk is great if you like your tea black with fat globules on top (it's awful and I don't know why people keep suggesting it, perhaps they haven't actually tried it in hot tea).

Almond milk is too weak. Anyone else got any suggestions for tea? Thanks in advance!

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42de09385b61fb9c40f50f176cb9b741

on June 26, 2011
at 02:36 PM

you ever try turmeric boiled in water? I like turmeric and ginger a lot. Lots of flavor, nothing like herbal teas at all. As to making it portable, that concentrate idea sounds pretty good. Alternatively, just travel with a thermos.

note: this is not sweet, and that may or may not work for you without adding something. Personally, I can't stand stevia (and I used to grow and market it as a Peace Corps volunteer!).

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on June 25, 2011
at 05:49 PM

Sometimes i drink hibiscus tea, but mostly its green tea with no flavoring, or maybe with a lemon if i have one by the counter sliced for salad.

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226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

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on June 25, 2011
at 04:33 PM

I make a pretty mean iced green tea that taste even better than sweet tea (I live in the South).

1/2 tsp Matcha green tea (asian market $7 for 3 month supply).

1 tsp local honey

ice cubes

H2O

You can blend in berry flavor to give it more Paleozing.

Use Acai powder or gojii berry powder.

Hot (warm) chocolate with cacao powder w/ or without berry zing.

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on June 25, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Whatever you do, don't use xylitol if you drink more than a cup. I was sweetening my iced tea as I drank it all day, and thought I had a mild case of food poisoning.

I believe that tea is completely Paleo. Maybe find a better quality tea that tastes amazing black? Numi Earl Grey is like that. Amazon has a great price on a case, but you should try a box from Whole Foods to see if you like it first. I was amazed at how smooth and flavorful it was.

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Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

on June 25, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Apple Cider Vinegar! I carry a dropper bottle with me and add some to hot or cold water when the plain stuff just won't do.

Also..

You can boil some sliced ginger root (for, say, 30-60 minutes), and then keep the strained liquid in a dropper bottle. This is a lovely kick to water. Add some stevia if you like and you've got a spicy sweet concoction.

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