After starting to eat a high raw food diet I also gave up coffee. This made my detox extremely difficult. I had gone at least a week without coffee before without any problems, but extending that over time along with a healthy diet – I was miserable at times. In the past year I have become more lax with coffee though. I find myself having it at least twice a week now, occasionally three. I would still probably be coffee free if I didn’t have a 30+ mile commute to work. Traffic drives me crazy, so I often head to work early and just hang out in Starbucks until it’s time for work. I feel obligated to make a purchase though since I am taking up space in their shop.
Today when I went in I re-visited a healthier alternative to coffee that I often got after giving up coffee because of the drinks lack of caffine – rooibos tea! This morning I am enjoying a tall soy vanilla rooibos tea! Rooibos tea, also known as Red tea, Bush tea, or Redbush tea is grown in South Africa and is unique to other teas in that it undergoes a fermintation process. It is also a herbal tea known for its high level of antioxidants. Could there be a better tea to drink?
This is also one of my favorite teas to make at home. I usually have the tea with a bit of almond milk and agave nectar for sweetener; both of which are even healthier than the soy and vanilla sweetener used at Starbucks. I really wish Starbucks would wake up to this demographic though and offer almond and or rice milk for their drinks. I recently tweeted to them, we shall see if they respond. I would also love it if they would use cacao for their banana smoothies rather than the high calorie syrup that probably contains high fructose corn syrup.
So, next time you are at Starbucks try this healthy alternative. Or better yet, visit your local coffee shop and try it their. If they don’t have the tea, request they get it. I’m still longing for the day I have a job where I can bike to work and can totally forgo these frequent visits to Starbucks, but until then I will do my best to endure the commute as much as possible and make healthier choices when I do visit. The tea beverages are also cheaper, so there is just another reason to avoid the coffee.