If your kids are adventurous but love their fruity, sweet drinks, the Teavana Blueberry Bliss and Strawberry Lemonade blend may be worth a try (iced, of course). It’s caffeine-free, so the only thing you have to worry about is how much you sweeten it, as far as energy levels go.
On one of our recent trips to the mall, we noticed a Teavana store and decided to check it out. The employee standing near the door let me try a sample of a hot tea and then quickly ran inside to grab a sample of an iced tea blend for my daughter. I thought my tea was “okay” but she liked hers so much, another employee took us aside to show us the two teas that went into the mix and educate us a bit.
The tea, in addition to being caffeine-free, may boost the immune system and assist with digestion, and it’s superfruit enhanced for additional benefits.
If you’re familiar with Teavana, you know that their teas are not exactly inexpensive, so I wrote down the names and left without it, thinking it was the novelty of the tea that got my daughter’s interest more than the actual flavor or interest in drinking it on a regular basis.
Two days later, she was still asking if we could go back and buy some more to make at home, so I gave in and bought the smallest amount possible.
I went home and immediately made some for her, eager to try a little for myself. To me, it tasted like the Mountain Berry Kool-Aid I drank in the late 80s and early 90s, minus the sugar. It’s very light and fruity. It wasn’t tart, but it wasn’t as sweet as she’d have liked, so we did end up having to add some sweetener to it while it was still hot (honey, sugar, or agave nectar should be fine).
Still, much less sugar went into that than the Kool-Aid I used to drink or even the strawberry or chocolate milk she loves to drink so much. I think the Blueberry Bliss and Strawberry Lemonade blend is good to break things up (and may even make them feel a little grown-up for drinking tea). Because it’s expensive for tea, it’s probably not something you want your kids to drink all the time, though.
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