Jul 07 2012 — by Rachel Jacobowski
What’s more flavorful than water, less caffeinated than coffee, and contains less sugar than sodas and most juices? The answer is Tea! Like nail polish, it’s something we wouldn’t want to live without. Convenient to our busy lifestyles, we can get a wide variety of teas in portable containers.
Below, we break down our favorite bottled teas and explain exactly what sorts of health benefits each offers. Since we like all sorts of teas, we have included a variety including black, green, white, and oolong teas. Hope you enjoy!
Honest Tea: Peach Oo-La-Long
Oolong tea contains about 15% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee, and may aid you in maintaining a healthy weight. Honest Tea is Fair Trade Certified and USDA Organic, and this peach variety contains oolong and black teas. You can taste a hint of peach flavor, and it was not very sweet-- a light and refreshing taste. However, it was a little bitter, probably because black and oolong teas are rather strong. We love that it’s only 60 calories per bottle (30 cals/serving); drinking lots of calories can feel like a waste.
Sweet Leaf: Peach Iced Tea
Black tea contains about 20% of the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee, so it’s a good morning alternative to your usual cup of java. Black tea can also help maintain healthy cardiovascular functioning, and keep cholesterol in check. Sweet Leaf Peach Iced Tea is black tea-based and is USDA Organic. At 140 calories per bottle (2 servings/bottle) this drink is quite sweet, yet still refreshing. There is a strong, but not overwhelming, peach flavor. This tea is not bitter at all; the peachy sweetness seems to mask any bitterness the black tea may have. While we enjoyed the flavor, it was a bit too sweet to drink more than a few sips at once.
365: Mango Acai White Tea
White tea is very low in caffeine and contains antioxidants, and is beneficial to a healthy complexion. The Whole Foods store brand, 365 teas are USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified. This flavor contains both white and green teas. It was light, refreshing, and not too sweet. We didn’t really taste the mango. Another relatively low-cal option at 80 calories per bottle, you can feel good about hydrating on the go with this tea.
Pom: Pomegranate Lychee Green Tea
Green tea contains healthy antioxidants, and is good for skin and teeth, and maintaining healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.Pomegranate is an antioxidant-packed fruit; pair it with green tea, and you’ve got a powerhouse! We absolutely love the flavor of this beverage. The pomegranate and lychee make it very flavorful without being too sweet. Also, green tea can often become bitter if steeped too long, but this one is not bitter at all. You can taste the green tea without it overpowering the other flavors. Pom is 140 calories per bottle but its delicious flavor and healthy antioxidants make it a worthwhile splurge.