5 Revitalizing Afternoon Fruit Teas
Andreea Macoveiciuc | On 03, Feb 2014
Whether you’re a night owl or a morning person, you’ve probably experienced that drop in your energy levels in the afternoon. Although it’s considered a normal thing, the energy slump that occurs around 4 p.m. it’s definitely not desirable, especially when you still have a lot of work to do before going home.
To me at least, this happens quite often, regardless of how restful my night’s sleep is, how much coffee I drink or how many calories I eat for breakfast. The wave of sleepiness still hits by midafternoon, and when this happens, my quick fix is a cup of hot lemon or rooibos tea.
These tasty beverages have an incredible revitalizing effect and are excellent for keeping the energy flowing throughout the afternoon. Not to mention they come without the unnecessary sugar and calories of most energizing drinks and sweet snacks.
Thus, if you also find yourself yawning and experience energy lags late in the day, but need a quick solution to stay productive, I advise you to try adding a cup of herbal or fruit tea to your afternoon routine.
Unlike real teas, these don’t contain caffeine, and are available in a variety of enchanting flavors and aromas, so you’ll surely find some assortments to suit your taste.
Given below are 5 delicious fruit teas that can boost your energy levels after a tiring day, but you can always play with different flavors and fruits, and test various products until you find the one that satisfies your taste buds the best.
Refreshing fruit teas for tiring days
Fruit teas retain the benefits of the raw fruits they’re made of, and can make great replacements for regular sodas and fruit drinks, as they have no added sugars. Still, note that these beverages are different than real teas obtained from Camellia sinensis leaves. This is why you always see distinct categories for herbal and classical teas when you ask for a menu in a tea room or browse through an online tea shop.
Unlike classical teas – black, green, white, oolong and pu-erh, herbal teas are in fact infusions or decoctions obtained from dried fruits, fruit peel or oils, with or without additional flavors for an enhanced taste and visual appeal. So technically these beverages are not teas, unless they contain a real tea base (Camellia sinensis leaves) and are only flavored with fruits.
Ready to sip away and refresh your day? Try these 5 flavorful recipes!
1. Raspberries, vanilla and peaches infusion
The sweetness of peaches and the freshness of raspberries in this infusion curb the cravings for sweets, energizing you and relieving the afternoon mind fog. To make the beverage even more mouthwatering, you can also add some delicate vanilla extract, as this way you’ll get a richer taste.
Mix ¼ cup of raspberries with 1 chopped peach and 2 drops of vanilla extract, then pour boiling water over the ingredients and steep. Your body will be revitalized and your mood will be improved from the very first sip, so you’ll be able to focus better on your work assignments.
Still, if you’re at the office and can’t prepare this infusion from fresh ingredients, you can enjoy the same flavorful rainbow of fruits with the sweet and smooth Infinite Good Feeling tea. As its name suggest, this infusion of raspberries, vanilla, apples and papaya, with hibiscus, currants and pineapple bits will make you feel better instantly!
2. Mint, cinnamon and apple infusion
As simple as it may seem, this infusion is an excellent tonic, the sweetness of apples being nicely complemented by the refreshing taste of mint and the energizing cinnamon flavor. To prepare it, mix a sprig of mint with half a cup of chopped apples and 1 cinnamon stick. Bring the water to a boil, then pour it over the mixture and steep it for a few minutes. Served hot, this beverage is perfect for boosting your energy levels during a tiring winter afternoon.
3. Cherry, hibiscus and rose infusion
The unexpected combination of soft rose petals and hibiscus is a gift to your senses, but what really gives you the energy burst when sipping this infusion is the sweet cherries with their strong notes and overwhelming aroma.
To prepare the infusion you’ll need 2 teaspoons of dried hibiscus flowers, 2 teaspoons of rose hips and ¼ cup of cherry halves. Pour boiled water over this mixture, steep for a few minutes and enjoy this divine beverage. Or, if you want to experience an even more intense aroma, try this Cherry Passion fruit tea, with rose buds, cherries, hibiscus, pure apple bits and currants.
4. Pineapple, lemon and ginger infusion
This combination is so unusual that you have to try it at least once. To prepare the infusion you only need 1 slice of pineapple cut into smaller chunks, some fresh ginger shavings and the freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon. Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the ingredients, steeping the beverage for a couple of minutes, then serve it warm or at room temperature.
5. Orange, chocolate and berries infusion
A piece of chocolate can do wonders for your mood and energy levels when you’re feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, but a healthier alternative is a cup of orange, chocolate and berries infusion, freshly prepared for an instant burst of energy.
Chop 3 slices of orange, mix them with ¼ cup of berries of your choice and add 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips. Just a few sips and the tiredness will surely go away, so you’ll be able to focus on your work tasks for a couple more hours.
If this infusion seems tempting enough, you might also like this Sweet Helen pear and chocolate fruit tea, this Chocolate Kisses Chili cocoa, currants and dates infusion or this Sweet Dream coconut and chocolate fruit tea.
These aromatic blends are not just fruity delights for tea lovers, but also great replacements for sugary snacks, so make sure to give them a try whenever you need a delicate but refreshing beverage!