Tea can be a healthy and delicious complement to any meal. You just have to know when best to bring out which variety of tea. In this guide, we’ll help you identify what teas would feel right at home with breakfast, lunch, merienda, and dinner.

 


 

For breakfast, start off your day with green tea

Switch your morning coffee with a steaming cup of green tea. While it has less caffeine, it will still give you the boost you need to start your day on a high note.

Preparation

  1. Steep tea for exactly 3 minutes.
  2. Remove tea from cup and enjoy.

Optional
Add milk, honey, or other sweeteners.

Pairs best with
Fresh fruits, buttered croissants, and granola over Greek yogurt all play off the natural sweetness of green tea varieties such as sencha.

 


For lunch, sweet tea can provide refreshing balance

Sweet tea is a staple in the American South for a reason: it’s the perfect drink to cut through the richness of meats. For maximum flavor, prepare in bulk.

Preparation

  1. Boil 3-4 cups of water in a pot.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Steep 12 individual black tea bags in pot.
  4. Steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove tea bags from pot.
  6. Add sugar or other sweeteners.
  7. Pour tea base into a glass pitcher.
  8. Chill for at least four hours (overnight is better).
  9. Serve over ice.

Optional
Garnish with sprig of mint or lemon wedge.

Pairs best with
Buttermilk fried chicken and BBQ ribs. Sweet tea will refresh you after every bite.


For merienda, let black tea recharge you

Remedy your midday slump with a serving of the antioxidant-rich black tea. With dozens of options that cater to a variety of tastes, you’re bound to find something just right.

Preparation

  1. Steep tea in cup of hot water for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Remove tea from cup and enjoy.

Optional
Add milk, honey, or other sweeteners.

Pairs best with
Savory finger sandwiches and cheeses pair well with the robust flavors of Assam black tea, while sweet treats like scones, tarts, and cookies are made even better with a few sips of fruity Darjeeling or Earl Grey tea.

 


 

 After dinner, cleanse your palate with mint tea

Mint tea makes for the ideal post-dinner drink as it not only cleanses your palate, it also aids digestion.

Preparation

  1.  Steep tea in cup of hot water for 1-3 minutes.
  2.  Remove tea from cup and enjoy.

Pairs best with
The next time you have a big bowl of pasta or a hearty serving of steak for dinner, follow it up with a cup of mint tea. It will help settle your stomach right before bed.

 

Of course, this is just a general guide—a starting point, if you will. In the end, trust your palate to help you find the perfect tea to pair with your meals.

For more lifestyle tips, be sure to follow our Facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter.