Now that I'm expecting, I've had to get a bit more creative with beverages. Juices are recommended, although high in calories. Caffeine should be limited, as should artificial sweeteners. Sparkling water, actually sparkling drinks of any kind, are dehydrating. More often than not, these days I'm either drinking water or half juice/half water. I've never been a milk drinker, no matter how healthy it may be for the baby, and everything else seems to be empty calories or added chemicals. It's a little frustrating because on these increasingly hot and humid days, a long cool drink is one of life's small luxuries.
So recently I've taken to drinking herbal teas. Yes, there is a list of herbs to avoid, and no I'm not going to talk about them here. I am going to talk about Rishi Tea. I first tasted Rishi at Woodberry Kitchen. They had the Sweet Mint, Organic Botanical Blend. I have to say that the tea was amazing. I poured the first cup and the scent literally wafted across the table. It was surprisingly rich and full flavored on the palate. The mint flavor was intense and the tea actually tasted sweet, even though there was no actual sugar to be detected at the tip of my tongue. The tea itself is a blend of peppermint,cardamom and licorice root with natural oils of basil and clove. Most of the Rishi products are certified organic and fair trade. While I haven't tasted any of their other teas yet, I fully intend to. They should be just what I need to get me through the sticky season with refreshing, full flavored libations.