Tags: Drinks

1 Jul 2010, Comments (1)

Yogi and Celestial Seasoning’s Tea

Author: Healthnuttxo

Think it’s too hot for tea?

Well, even in the summer, it’s good to have a cup of tea every now and then. Very soothing, calming, and quite delicious if you pick the right ones! I was sent coupons to try a free box of tea from both Yogi and Celestial Seasoning’s, so I decided to pick some up for a review.

Now, keep in mind I drink my teas sweetened. I do NOT drink my teas as is, because I find them to be too bland or too strong. However, each tea I tried I used a little bit of Stevia to bring out the flavors.

We’ll start with Yogi- Of the flavors they had available at my supermarket, I decided to pick Berry Detox. It claims that it “supports healthy liver and intestinal function” on the front of the packet. I’m always down for anything that promotes good digestion! Plus- I love berries! So I picked this one.

This one smells really good. Even through the bag- refreshing and clean smelling. After I plopped a bit of Stevia in and let it sit, I took a sip. It actually had a very powerful taste! Sweet, but not overpowering, you could taste a berry flavor. I was surprised at how strong this tea actually was. I wonder if it would make a good “iced” tea, or if it would be good cold. Hmm… Anyway- I give it 4 stars.

Onto Celestial Seasonings tea, I decided to buy the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Herbal Tea. I know, I know, this is a holiday tea and probably is intended for Christmas-time, but anything with the word cookie in it has my attention! I actually did buy this one during that time, but I’m going to enjoy it year round!

First of all, the smell, is, SO GOOD! A strong sugary sweet vanilla smell escapes once this tea is brewed. Yum! After it was brewed and I added a touch of Stevia, it actually wasn’t as sweet as I had hoped. Still a sweet tea, but not as “sugary” sweet as I had hoped. Mostly a vanilla and even a bit of a milky flavor to this tea, it was very soothing and calming when I drank it at night. 4 stars

Overall, tea is great! I tend to like my teas cold (especially green tea sweetened with lemon!), but these are two good ones hot. I would give them a try if you like tea, they are worth it!

Berry Detox-Organic Ginger Root, Organic Fennel Seeds, Organic Hibiscus Flower, Organic Orange Peel, Yellow Duck Root, Organic Strawberry Flavor, Organic Rhubarb Root, Organic Honeybush, Acai Berry, Organic Raspberry Flavor, Organic Pomegranate Flavor, OrganicStevia Leaf, Emblic Fruit (Arnia) Extract (Tannins 35%).

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea- Milk thistle, roasted barley, orange peel, natural sugar cookie flavor with other natural flavors and vanilla bean.

6 May 2010, Comments (3)

Skinny Water

Author: Healthnuttxo

Okay, Okay I know- these are not all natural or organic, and I normally do not consume artificial ingredients or sweeteners, but a person at Skinny Water asked if I wanted to do a review of some of Skinny Water’s drinks, and I decided to take the plunge (no pun intended!).

According to the website, they only use minimal amounts of sucralose (yay!), and also have no calories, carbohydrates or preservatives.  The color made for the water is also derived from natural sources, like fruits and vegetables.

The company sent me their flavors which come in Wake-Up, Total V, Crave Control, Shape, Hi-Energy, and XXX Detox. Think of these as zero calorie vitamin waters (except Vitamin Water actually does make zero calorie varieties now!). They are about the same size, and have cute sayings and health benefits for each.

Wake-Up-this one is a combination of orange, cranberry and tangerine flavors. It provides 250% of your daily needs of vitamin C too. This one was actually my favorite of all of them. It tasted EXACTLY like Sunny-D that I used to drink when I was little at the beach! Ah, nostalgia… Anyway- it was sweet and tangy, and really woke me up!

Total V-this one is a combination of lemon and passionfruit flavors. This one was my second favorite, as it had a real tropical taste to it. The passionfruit was delicious, and went perfectly with the lemon (not tart, but sweet!)

Crave Control- this one is a combination of raspberry and pomegranate flavors. I didn’t really like this one- it tasted watered down, and not really all that fruity. It also had a weird “fake berry” after taste.

Shape- this one is a combination of goji and fruit punch flavors. I also wasn’t crazy about this one, but it was better than the Crave Control. It did have a nice fruit punch flavor, but wasn’t really that sweet. I think it would be good if you liked lightly sweetened beverages (if you are used to those SUPER sweet drinks, I wouldn’t go for this one!)

Hi-Energy- this one is flavors of acai and blueberry. I enjoyed this one- no fake flavors, and I liked the blueberry undertones. Normally blueberry flavored things are gross in my opinion (unless they use ACTUAL blueberries, like in yogurt!), but this one wasn’t bad. I would dirnk it again!

XXX Detox- this one has peach, mango and mandarin flavors. Again, this one was not very strong in the flavor department, and was mildly sweet. In a way it was reassuring, knowing that since the flavor was mellow, my body wasn’t consuming too much of the artificial sweeteners I try to avoid. However, it was enjoyable, with  a light peach and mango taste. It reminded me of white tea in a way.

Overall, I give these 4 stars. I like how they aren’t OVERPOWERINGLY sweet, and that the only “bad” ingredient is the sucralose. The rest of the ingredients aren’t too shabby, and there are no artificial colors or preservatives. Give em a try, you might like them (Definitely try the WAKE-UP flavor, too! 🙂 )

1 water has 0 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 carbohydrates and 0 grams of protein.

For ingredients and to buy some online, visit their store.

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