Giving up coffee or sugar? Have a creamy Yerba Mate Latte. Skipping chocolate? Try a Treehugger!
Lots of our customers have been telling us about what they’re giving up for Lent. Frankly, many of you look a little lost without your morning coffee or afternoon cookie. The good news? We have lots of ideas for replacing whatever you’ve given up with another option to make your Lenten sacrifice just a little less grim.
By Carrie Rollwagen
We’re feeling a little under the weather today. It’s not that we’re sick, exactly. It’s just that about traveling for the holidays, working 12-hour days at the shop, and living in weather that constantly ping-pongs between frigid and spring-like has our systems out of whack.
So Sri and I have decided to do something about it. Starting January 1, we’re taking a 30-day Yerba Mate Challenge, substituting one drink a day for a cup of this miracle tea that health nuts are raving about.
What’s Yerba Mate? It’s a rich green tea with an incredible, smoky flavor. Its proponents say it helps you lose weight, eases fatigue, relieves headaches and depression, and gives you an energy boost that’s similar to coffee but less likely to give you the jitters — sounds just about perfect for a post-holiday detox.
Traditionally, Yerba Mate is served in a gourd and passed around a communal circle — but we’re not so sure the Health Department would be thrilled about us sharing gourd tea in the morning coffee line. So we’ve cooked up the Yerba Mate Latte, a blend of Yerba Mate tea, steamed milk and a little vanilla. We can even make it sugar-free and nonfat to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions.
Starting Monday (we’re closed New Year’s Day), we’ll be offering both Yerba Mate Tea and the Yerba Mate Latte, and Sri and I will be starting our 30 Day Yerba Mate Challenge. And we want YOU to join us. We’ll see you Monday!