Hello! We at Good Life, are hoping that you all had a wonderful weekend, and are off to a beautiful start of this week! Speaking of "starting", the beginnings of a new week, we find, are more often than not the time people choose to start their new diet or health regimes.
Most diets or health changes involve cutting calories which can be both daunting and annoying to keep track of throughout your day. This change proves especially sneaky, deceiving, and tough for our coffee counterparts. We are here to help, again!
To begin, coffee itself, when consumed just black is very low in calories. The tricky and devious parts are the additives that are found in a majority of the delicious coffee cocktails those magicians at the local Starbucks or coffee house whip up! There is no denying it; those blended frappuccinos and vanilla lattes are absolutely mouthwatering. They are like a dessert in the morning or middle of your day, and an instant pick me up for energy! This sudden energy jolt can be attributed to the immense amounts of sugar present though, which contribute to these drinks also being very high in caloric content. To give you an idea, a small vanilla frappuccino contains 41 grams of sugar and 280 calories. According to the American Heart Association, the average American male should consume 37.5 grams of sugar, and the average woman, 25 grams, for the entire day! If you drink just one of these in the morning, you are already over your recommended sugar intake for the entire day! Also, to burn this amount of calories on a treadmill, you would have to walk for approximately an hour at a slight incline! Shoot!
A couple other tough ones for flavoring our favorite coffee concoctions are the syrups or creamers we add. Just a tablespoon of your favorite flavored creamer can contain anywhere from 10 to 50 calories and furthermore 3 grams of sugars. As mentioned above, with your recommended daily sugar intake, 3 grams of sugar can add up if you are enjoying multiple cups of coffee throughout the day. While there are certainly sugar free options, these still add to your calorie count for the day and still contain fats and carbohydrates which can be another goal you are working to downplay in your diet.
This all may seem overwhelming or discouraging, but don't dismay! Good Life Tea to the rescue! Tea, a beverage often substituted for coffee drinkers, is, lo' and behold, sugar free and zero calories!! Who knew?!
Tea is an unbelievably versatile, delightful, and diet friendly beverage. It is diet friendly for a few reasons that reach beyond their caloric or sugar content as well. Teas, as a way to limit your calorie or sugar intake, conversely, are a way to maximize your water intake for the day. Each glass or cup of tea you enjoy is included in your recommended 8 glasses of water each day! This water intake, furthermore, will fill you up to deter you from snacking, craving, and help you to feel more full throughout your day as well!
As we discussed, those blended coffee drinks are absolutely delectable, but we don't want you thinking of tea as supplemental or simply as part of your diet either. We want to help you build a happier and healthier lifestyle. Our tea's too, a few in particular, are gauged to succumb to your sweet tooth; which may be strong at the beginning of your new diet! For those of you looking to switch from the vanilla frappuccino (I was one of them!), we have both a Vanilla black tea, and a Vanilla Chai. Both teas encompass the beautiful vanilla notes that you are so seeking, while maintaining that zero calories and zero sugars.
We have Caramel too!
Our most popular tea, the Hot Cinnamon Spice, is another great option to deter those sweet cravings. It incorporates three different kinds of cinnamon and is certainly reminiscent of cozying up on the couch in front of the fireplace. It's our most popular tea for a reason, it's absolutely delicious!
We also have Caffeine Free Hot Cinnamon Spice!
If you are or have before experienced this start of a new journey with switching from coffee to tea, have started a new diet, or have any other thoughts on this, please let us know! We hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week, enjoy the wonderful weather, and also add teas to minimize your calories! - Kaytea :)