The other day we did a tea tasting event where we served petite desserts in the finishing course… my decadent dark chocolate brownies are always a hit and a superb finishing bite paired with jasmine pearl green tea. We cut the brownies into small bites… and o.k., I did need to taste one 🙂 mmmmm. These sweets do have carbs and plenty of fat and are wonderful now and then, and one bite doesn’t seem to hurt my goal to stay within range on my diabetes management program; however, on a daily basis, this is a no go for me. The good news is there are excellent alternatives in my tea cupboard which are enormously satisfying in this area. Whenever I have a sweet craving, I can go to my tea stash and scan for which variety of tea will enhance my afternoon break, a little ritual for myself to perk me up through the dangerous “raid the pantry” time which occurs for me between 3 p.m .and 5 p.m.
Spices infused into whole leaf teas are a treat that can satisfy your desires while saving you (and me) from a regretful binge.
There are savory, spicy, and sweet tasting varieties of teas that can boggle your taste buds. Try some that sound good to you. My sister goes for the fruity infusions. My grandsons just love chai. Masala Chai is a powerful taste satisfier…having all the holiday spices and black pepper really punch up it’s flavor. While I add whole milk to this, I do NOT add sugar to any tea (my grandsons enjoy a bit of honey in theirs). Peet’s brand Masala Chai is a delightful and powerful Indian blend which includes cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, cloves and pepper. The pepper really comes through and it tastes like dessert.
But when I crave chocolate…I go to chocolate infused teas. I have tasted dozens and found remarkable varieties. Mighty Leaf has several, some even include tiny chocolate chips which melt as you infuse the tea. Numi Organic Chocolate Puerh is a particularly satisfying cup of tea…this and a small square (1 ounce ) of 70% dark chocolate is dessert in itself…and so good for you! Of all the chocolate tea blends I have tried, this is my absolute favorite. It truly tastes like a heart-warming cup of decadent chocolate and it’s claim of being “velvety smooth” is accurate…and 0 carbs!
This tea, with one or two squares of my organic Theo 70% Dark Chocolate Bar, or new favorite, organic CHOCXO 70% with chocolate nibs is a perfect indulgent, decadent and “legal” snack for me…it may work for you too. And there is a little pick-me-up with the small amount of caffeine in both.
Drink tea…it’s good for you!