For a period of roughly 10 years, I called myself a coffee drinker. I wasn’t really. What I really was was a sugar addict! Let me explain. The coffee tumbler that my fellow teachers saw me carrying contained 3 creamers, 7 packets of sugar, a pack of hot chocolate and a hint of coffee! For years, I actually thought I was a coffee addict, although all I ever needed was 1 cup a day. When the school year ended at the PreK where I taught last year, so did my free coffee. After a recent move, I couldn’t find my Keurig to make coffee at home. I thought I would go berserk without it and suffer from a mean withdrawal, but I didn’t. I simply quit coffee.
Months later, I returned to drinking tea, which was my morning beverage of choice since my preteen years. I actually returned to drinking tea by having a cup of Sleepytime Tea at night in mint or peach flavors.
A warning about the Sleepytime teas: I found that I can’t drink them past 8 p.m., otherwise I awake the next morning feeling like I need more sleep!
I can’t write about tea without mentioning Teavana! I first came across Teavana before Starbucks bought them while shopping with my oldest daughter, Kayla, 24, at Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead, Atlanta. We were offered a sample of tea, and I, of course, selected a strawberry flavor. I was blown away when I discovered that it didn’t taste like tea at all!
Because Starbucks purchased Teavana, I can get my tea fix at any one of them, except that there isn’t a Starbucks located in the tiny town I live in. But when I’m in Atlanta or in the next not-as-tiny town as mine nearest me, I stop at a Starbucks and grab this wonder:
I’ve been drinking mint, peach, chamomile, raspberry, mango and green teas. When I found this acai, pomegranate and blueberry green tea, I couldn’t resist! Isn’t the color pretty!
So this was my breakfast this morning, because every now and then, I don’t want it, but I know it’s the most important meal of the day. I’m sure I’ll make up for the missed calories with a few Girl Scout Cookies. Nick bought 2 boxes home last night! If they have dairy in them, I’ll bake something sweet and vegan. Because I am and will probably always be a recovering sugar addict!