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Tea? What kind?

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Ok, so I drink too much diet soda. I keep hearing how bad it is for me, and I am willing to try and cut back on it. I'd love to give it up one day, but for now I just want to cut back.<br><br>
However, I do not want to get caffiene withdrawl headaches. I can't function then, and I will give in and have a soda.<br><br>
So... I understand tea is good for you.<br><br>
I hate regular tea. Like iced tea? Yuck. It tastes like dirty water to me. But I also know there are more teas out there, and some of them must not taste like crap.<br><br>
I don't really like hot drinks, so if there is something I can drink in a cold form, that would be better. I am mostly wanting to eventually give up soda because of the carbonation, which I keep hearing makes you puffy. And I could do with less aspertame.<br><br>
Any thoughts?
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<i>Love</i> chai. And Jasmine tea.<br><br>
I prefer Genmaicha tea to green tea as the toasted rice gives it a little more flavour.
I love chai but the packaged varieties are a tad expensive.<br><br>
Masala Chai<br><br>
1-1/2 cups water<br>
1 inch stick of cinnamon<br>
8 cardamom pods<br>
8 whole cloves<br>
2 whole peppercorns<br>
2/3 cup whole milk<br>
6 tsp. sugar (or to taste)<br>
3 teaspoons any unperfumed loose black tea<br><br>
Put 1-1/2 cups water in saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardomom, and cloves and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.<br><br>
Add the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea<br>
leaves, cover, and turn off the heat. After 2 minutes, strain the tea<br>
into two cups and serve immediately.<br><br>
You can add things like honey, vanilla, fresh mint leaves, try skim<br>
milk, soy milk, and a bunch of other things to change the flavour. Go hog wild. Enjoy. <img alt="smile.gif" src="">
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