In case you haven’t noticed from my FitBit activity tracker post a few days ago, I’m on a fitness kick. That means I’m upping my exercise as well as trying to be more aware of what I eat — all in an effort to be in tip-top shape before I set foot on the M/V Explorer for 10 weeks this summer.
I’m a big snacker. Perhaps “grazer” is a better term. I’ve never been a three-meals-a-day eater: typically I get hungry at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm (after eating breakfast around 7 am and lunch at 12:30 p.m.). So, I shoot for 5 to 6 small meals a day to keep my stomach from grumbling. I also get very grumpy when I’m hungry, so I try not to let that happen — for my family’s sake.
But even these “in between” meals or “hefty snacks” don’t always sustain me, and that’s where Millies Savory Teas come in. They are “comfort food in a broth” tea bags — but they don’t taste like tea at all. They taste like the savory broth that I had been sipping on to stave off hunger — until I realized just how crazy high in sodium typical chicken or vegetable soup broth is.
A cup of Millies Savory Tea has 240 milligrams of sodium (11 percent of recommended daily value), while a cup of Swanson’s Chicken Broth has 860 milligrams of sodium (36 percent of recommended daily value). Ingredients in a typical bag of Millies Savory Tea include a vegetable blend (carrots, celery, onion), garlic, yeast extract, lemongrass, sea salt, lime, green tea and “herbs and spices.”
I’m so glad a member of a fitness forum turned me on to Millies Savory Teas, since I really do love them — at home and on the road. In fact, right now I’m happily holed up at the lovely JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, and I’ve got a couple of tea bags with me. They are super easy to make in a hotel room: I just heat up water in the provided coffeemaker and steep a tea bag for a minute or two. Voila: instant hot beverage to tide me over until dinner. (Plus, I can typically eek out two mug-fulls of tea from one bag, they are that flavorful.)
Millies Savory Teas are all natural and vegan friendly. Flavors include Spicy Tortilla (my favorite), Thai Lemongrass, Smoky Facon, Tomato Basil and Indian Spice (my least favorite). I bought a 15-bag sampler pack of that included three bags of each of the above flavors for $12.95. So, they aren’t cheap, but the company does offer free shipping. And right now many of the online ordering options include a $5 coupon that can be applied to your next order.
Indeed, making my own low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth is probably cheaper, but that’s a lot harder. In addition to my fitness kick, I’m on a convenience kick these days. If there’s a product or a service that will help me reach my fitness goals that may cost a little bit more, but is ultra convenient and I really like it, I’ll buy it. Millies Savory Teas definitely fall under that category.
I probably won’t be purchasing the specialty tea bags in a few months when the temperatures warm up here in Colorado; I just don’t crave hot beverages in the spring and summer like I do in the middle of winter (especially after skiing or otherwise playing in the snow). But until then, I’m a believer and a buyer of Millies Savory Teas.