A Better Morning and Healthier Habits with Bigelow Tea

January 21st, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health | Life

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Most of you already know I’m a proud tea fanatic. I probably have 20+ boxes at my house at any time and have to fight the urge to buy some almost every time I go to the store. Herbal tea has helped me significantly over the last few years. There is a perfect tea to suit me if I’m stressed, have an upset stomach, need an energy boost, or just want to sip on something instead of munching mindlessly in front of the television. One brand I hadn’t tried much before last week but I’m 100% in love with now is Bigelow Tea.

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I’m not sure why I hadn’t tried it before. To be honest I think it’s because the packaging is rather … unassuming. I tend to go for the teas that cost 2x as much for no other reason then they have glitzier packaging.  I’ve been such a fool! I stopped by Walmart and spent about 10 minutes in their tea/coffee isle trying to decide on a few boxes to try out.
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I went with varieties I’ve tried in other brands so I could do a bit of comparison. Straight up: they were just as good (some of the flavors were even better than) the other brands I drink. IMG_7447I love that they make a variety pack so I could try out 6 different flavors for under $3. The boxes each contain 18-20 bags so at $2.36 a box it comes out to .11-.13 cents per drink. Seriously – what other drink is that cheap besides water?

One of the reason I’ve upped my tea consumption lately is because I have a wicked drink habit I’m trying to kick. I don’t want to name names, but let’s just say I have to consume it 2-3 times a day (it has caffeine in it) and it has a load of artificial ingredients. No bueno! Having fun trying new teas has definitely helped me cut back on how much of it I drink. I’m also working on getting my snack habit under control. I basically eat all day long. I’m doing it out of boredom and habit not out of genuine hunger, so I need to get a handle on it. Now, whenever I feel like snacking (usually at night while watching television or working online) I make a cup of tea first. I’d say it’s helped me cut down about 50% on my snacking already which I consider a huge success!
IMG_7451If you’re looking for a tea to replace your morning coffee the Cinnamon Stick would be a great choice. It’s robust but lacks an overpowering cinnamon taste, and it has about half the caffeine as a regular cup of coffee. So, you still get a perk but you don’t overdose on caffeine! The peppermint was another variety that stood out in terms of high quality taste. I always reach for a peppermint tea now if I have an upset stomach and 90% of the time I feel better before I’ve even finished the cup.

My absolute favorite was the Lemon Ginger with probiotics. Lemon and Ginger are both reported to help jump-start your digestive tracts and many health experts advocate starting off your day with a warm glass of lemon water. This combines all the goodness in one tiny tea bag. It tastes incredible and it’s refreshing and invigorating.

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As if Bigelow Tea isn’t an incredible value already they are currently selling bonus packs with 4 extra teabags at Walmart while supplies last (I’m going to go back and hunt for some!) They are currently running a video contest with prizes (like an iPad mini and some of their delicious tea!) over at their facebook page.

Have you tried Bigelow tea before?

Do you have a problem drinking sugary/high calorie drinks? Do you think swapping to tea could help?

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28 Responses

  • Water and Hot tea are the only beverages I drink! I love my tea and have an overflowing closet full. My favorite right now is a decaf green tea passion fruit kombucha from Yogi tea!

    • Erica House says:

      I just tried Kombucha for the first time last week and am absolutely addicted to it already. I love the premade kind that has some carbonation to it but it’s so expensive. I need to find some green tea kombucha to try out to get my ‘fix’!

  • Caroline says:

    I’m a huge fan of drinking tea. I make anywhere from 3-5 cups at work, but would only use 1-2 teabags. Makes it SO cheap. I have to resist the urge to buy a new tea every time I go to the store too!

  • Carla says:

    Ive suddenly over the past year become a HUGE TEA DRINKER.
    I guess it’s the living in a cooler clime?
    or Im old :-)

  • Jennifer F says:

    I like to do decaf tea at night too when I feel snacky. BTW that cinnamon stick is one of my morning favs!

  • it made me laugh when you talked about their packaging.. you are totally right… itz not very appealing – flavors look great though!

  • In order to drink more tea, I make homemade JELLO. I’ll have to check out this tea!

  • I love having hot tea everynight! it’s part of my process to wind down and stop snacking!

    • Erica House says:

      I go through phases where I’m really good about drinking tea instead of snacking. I fell off the wagon during the Holiday’s but I’ve been getting a better handle on it this past week with all the tea in the house!

  • Andree says:

    After living living in England for a year I developed a mean tea habit that has grown to epic proportions. I have an entire tea cupboard in my current apartment thanks in part to a few loose leaf tea shops opening in town.
    I used to buy Bigelow. I love their chai. But now I mostly use loose leaf.

    • Erica House says:

      I’m surprised I haven’t gone the loose leaf route yet. I have a few, but for whatever reason I don’t drink them often. I was going to argue it’s because it’s so easy to throw a tea bag into my purse to go but I drink most of my tea at home!

  • Helen says:

    I love drinking tea. But, lately, I’ve just been drinking hot water It’s cold in my house and drinking the hot water warms me up. =) It also distracts me from snacking also. I am a huge snacker and drinking water prevents me from snacking as much.

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve always read to try and drink a glass of water before you snack to make sure you are actually hungry, but I still never do that! I need to get better about it for sure.

  • Sarah N says:

    I love tea! I love it just as much as coffee, and since I don’t bother with avoiding caffeine, I buy a lot of the black tea varieties as well as the herbal ones. I can definitely agree with tea being a great way to avoid mindless snacking. =) And even if I’m drinking black tea with a little sugar and a splash of cream, it’s still a better option than half a bag of Skittles or 6 cookies, lol. I’ll have to try that probiotic one!

    • Erica House says:

      I can’t imagine going back to any other kind of lemon tea now, this one is really incredible! I had a caffeinated tea today for the first time in ages and I’m loving the energy boost! One a day can’t hurt ;)

  • Jen N. says:

    I picked up the lemon ginger a couple months ago and I love it! It’s one of my faves now. I’ve recently started drinking more tea at night. I’m usually freezing after my evening workout and even after a hot shower. The tea just warms me from the inside out and I usually fall asleep like a baby within minutes of finishing a cup.

  • andrea1626 says:

    I’m definitely an evening boredom snacker too. Might have to try some caffeine free tea especially while it’s so cold!

    • Erica House says:

      I know I’ve said it about 100x but definitely check out the lemon ginger. It’s delicious, warming, and lemon and ginger both are supposed to help boost metabolism!

  • We had Bigelow tea in the house when I was kid. Peppermint particularly. I haven’t purchased it recently, but no idea why…I want to spend money on more expensive teas? Lol.

  • I really need to try that Bigelow Lemon Ginger with probiotics — I still don’t think I’ve tried it and I hear good things about it all the time. Great insight about why you haven’t purchased it before now — I think that’s the case with many people. I bet a lot of people don’t realize they are a truly family owned company too. #client

    • Erica House says:

      I didn’t know they were family owned! I hate that I ‘judged the book by it’s cover’, but it’s helped me to realize I should give other brands a chance as well and not assume anything based on aesthetics.



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