Earlier this year I began to cycle to work, initially it was a way to turn a thirty minute walk into a five minute ride. However, a move out to Remuera would see five minutes rides extend to thirty. While it was initially brutal it sure did help my fitness, although as many people will tell you (with varying degrees of knowledge ranging from – read it in a magazine, through to physiotherapists) general health is 70% diet, 30% exercise. Therefore I was keen to find some drink which wasn’t beer, wine, or orange juice to keep me satisfied – call me a fool but water gets boring. And that’s where the absolutely brilliant concept which is tea comes in!
While tea can appear to be a bit pricey ($5-$6 for 20 teabags of Healtheries range) it really adds a lot of flavour while forgoing the calorific nature of other liquids such as my much favoured orange juice. In the past couple of months I’ve really try to expand outside of the usual English Breakfast (which is brilliant) and as such I’d love to present a few of my recent favourites!
Strawberry Pavlova tea has kind of made me a local (local to my living room) celebrity amongst friends of flatmates who have come around. It’s so incredibly sweet, but this tea is absolutely bang on with it’s description. The accuracy with which Healtheries label their teas makes me suspect there is some sort of tea transmogrification machine that can take the literal item they want, and convert it into a teabag. If you’re after something full of flavour then I’d highly recommend this tea. I’d say it’s best suited for consumption between 2-8pm, but why not live life rock and roll and try a cuppa at 1:30am (you rebel!).
Next up is red bush tea, I’m sure I’m not blowing any tea-consumer’s mind by mentioning this – but if you’re new to the world of tea then I’d definitely recommend picking up a pack. Outside of your usual black teas, red bush tea is probably the cheapest. It’s got quite a unique taste which I still can’t quite place after consuming several cups worth, but it’s become my go to bed time tea. It’s caffeine free which is helpful, and after it’s had five minutes to cool it goes down smoothly.
Last but not least I go to lemon meringue pie tea, now I know you’re asking – “really…? A tea that tastes like lemon meringue pie?” but if you’re a keen observer of the picture, you’ll have already noticed that Healtheries and their amazing tea transmogrification machine are at work again. Just like the strawberry pavlova, this tea is quite sweet, but the lemon and creamy flavours are slightly gentler than the strawberry pavlova. Once again it’s surprisingly accurate to the actual dessert, but I can’t help but feel if you’re going to go all the way for sweetness, you may as well just opt for the strawberry pavlova. Nevertheless this is delicious too, and well worth a go if you spot it in someone’s pantry.