In which spoonfuls of sugar are NOT necessary to make the tea go down.
When Lou Parisi contacted me to try Honest Tea I was so looking forward to try the tea. It was during the
very warm very hot heat wave known as summer and coincided with my obsession to find the perfect refreshing drink. My preference for iced tea is usually sweetened. Very, very, very sweet and I was looking forward to a few bottles.
|Sad panda…tea is all gone!
The day Lou delivered the tea I was in the middle of a crazy program and welcomed a tea. Included in the bag were a variety of teas and samples of Honest Kids. I went with sweet tea and my coworker went with Honest Kids. Abbe loved her Grape flavored Honest Kids. The Sweet Tea…well it was not what I expected. I was thinking that I would be getting something along my usual very heavily sweetened tea. The first sip left me feeling as if the flavor was way too light and almost had me reaching for the sugar.
Later that evening I gave The Bee an Apply Ever After and after one sip she opted for water. I tried a Honey Green Tea and again found that the tea was not as sweet as I liked. We gifted the rest of the bottles to family or work and declared Honest Teas were not for our family. We went back to our regular tea and declared that we were never going to have anything to do with Honest Tea again.
As summer eased into fall, I found myself thinking about the things The Bee and I use to fuel our bodies. More specifically, just how much sugar and junk we ingest. I had begun to feel really, really sluggish; found that the more sweet tea, soda, coffee laden with sugar that I drank, the more I wanted. I had begun to limit the amounts of sodas we bought, would take my coffee without added sugar and would opt for water instead if a sugary drink. I also found that Honest Tea was showing up all over the place. At the market, at our new crepe place, at events.
During the Power Up Weekend, Honest Tea was a sponsor and after our long drive down to the conference, I found myself grabbing a bottle of Sweet Tea. The Sweet Tea seemed sweeter. It was light and refreshing and not as bitter or bland as I seemed to remember. A second bottle later that day and I found that I was really enjoying my drink.
I will admit: the tea that I had declared not for me is my new go to. Other drinks seem too sweet by comparison and leave me wanting more. Honest Tea leaves me satisfied and nourished, as if my body is being filled with something that is good for me. I still enjoy an occasional sugary drink but find that if I have a choice, Honest Tea is what I reach for.
Now, this does not end with The Bee and I happily sipping Honest products. I have found that getting her to switch from her usual juice boxes is a struggle. One bright spot, she will opt for water if nothing is available AND has not been wasting juice boxes willy nilly.
If you are in the Delaware County area, check out Whole Foods this week. Honest Tea is on sale for 4 for 5.00. Indulge in a bottle. I do not think you’ll regret it.
Sipping, sipping, sipping…
r’s note: In the spirit of disclosure, I was given samples of Honest Tea to try but all thoughts and opinions are my own