About a year ago, I quit coffee. Yes! You read that correctly! I was in desperate need of a clean, cold break-up with my cuppa goodness I craved on the daily. Fact is, I had become obsessed and my body was telling me so. I would drink a cup in the morning, a cold brew before lunch, and a latte to get me through teaching six evening classes. I had become terribly reliant on that enticing combination of caffeine, sugar, and cream. The withdrawals were aggravating. Without coffee, I would get horrific headaches, overwhelming nausea, and of course, excessive exhaustion. Pregnant? No! The culprit? Coffee!
During my three month break-up with caffeine, I sought flavorful alternatives to keep my taste buds curious enough to uphold my commitment. I would press green juices, inhale tangerines and strawberries for an energy boost, and munch and crunch on veggies to get me through my lingering cravings. It wasn’t easy, but voilà: I survived!
Looking back, I deeply wish I had investigated the world of tea more thoroughly. I avoided tea like the plague! Steeping leaves in water!? No, just no. In my mind, coffee was robust and bursting with flavor, while it’s distant cousin was a watered down wanna-be. Enter Numi Organic Tea.
Quality changes everything. Expertise is vital. And when you combine quality and expertise, you can change almost anyone’s age-old skepticism. I hate to admit it, but Numi Organic Tea proved me wrong. Easing into my new role as tea connoisseur, I selected Numi’s Turmeric Chai Golden Latte. This caffeine free, loose blend sounded creamy and, quite frankly, delicious. Bonus, I’m sure we’ve all heard that turmeric is supposedly a health rock star, so why the heck not give it a try?The verdict? So. Darn. Good. I easily heated up 8 ounces of almond milk, a heaping teaspoon of the Turmeric Chai Golden Latte mix, and a few tablespoons of honey for a sensational coffee alternative. With hints of ginger and cardamom, you’ll get a little kick of spice, quickly smoothed over by the creamy sweetness of honey and milk.
But, why Turmeric? Does the world really need (or want) a drink made from the spice that gives curry its yellow color? Sounded weird, I thought. Until, that is, I learned of its health benefits. Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, growing in India and other Southeast Asian countries. Its dried root is ground to make turmeric powder and has been used for thousands of years in India as a spice and medicinal herb. Curcuminoids are compounds in Turmeric giving it its outstanding healing properties. Hands down the most spectacular being Curcumin.
Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical and a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and stimulates the body’s own antioxidant systems. A Double Whammy! Here’s a brief list of its benefits for health:
A natural anti-inflammatory
Linked to improved brain function
Helps reduce the risk of heart disease
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Turmeric has also been used to treat:
Ever heard that good things comes in threes? Well, Numi Organic Tea is no exception to this little rule. Delicious drink offerings. Health benefits up the wazzu. The third? Better business practices. Numi is devoted to sourcing their tea differently.
“Numi Foundation’s mission is to nurture and empower thriving communities.
We envision a world where all basic human needs are met and people have the resources to fulfill their greatest potential.
Globally, we provide our organic, fair trade farming communities with access to clean, safe drinking water.
And in our backyard of Oakland, California we offer experiential gardening, arts and social studies curricula to low-income K-8 public schools.”
If you’ve been considering a temporary break-up with caffeine or just want a nutrient packed alternative to coffee, we think Numi Organic Tea has a fantastic selection to choose from. Cheers to happy taste buds, drinking your way to good health, and empowering communities across the world through more thoughtful purchases!
Note: Thank you, Numi Organic Tea, for gifting us a box of Turmeric Chai Golden Latte mix, along with a selection of other delicious teas. For the sake of transparency, we were gifted tickets to Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own!