photo by Roman Pavlyuk

photo by Roman Pavlyuk

Even though I realize that soda has no nutritional value and it’s made from an unappealing chemical cocktail, I could never find an alternative beverage to enjoy during the long afternoon. I’ve tried fruit juice, seltzer, or even plain water, but nothing else satisfied my need for caffeine, and juice added calories I didn’t want.

Back when I worked in an office, I would buy and drink at least two 20 oz. bottles of Diet Coke every day from the vending machine. Once I added it up, I realized I was spending between $40 and $60 a month on Diet Coke! Rather than quit, I just packed my own in a small cooler.

Then, as a stay-at-home mom, I continued my soda habit, but chasing after my two small children meant that I often wouldn’t finish the can. It would get warm and flat, and at the end of the day, I would pour it down the drain.

I felt guilty spending so much money on soda and wasting resources, even though I recycled the cans. A two-liter bottle just doesn’t taste as good after a few days, so I purchased 20 oz. bottles in a package. Then I could cap a bottle and return it to the refrigerator.

What finally worked

I like making chai tea in the winter, so I recently tried an iced version.

Here’s how:

  • Boil water.
  • Pour water into a one quart mason jar, filling it halfway (that’s approximately 2 cups.)
  • Steep with 4 Good Earth chai tea bags for 5-10 minutes.
  • Fill the remainder of the jar with cool tap water. Cover and store in refrigerator.

Whenever I want a drink, I pour a glass ¾ full, add ice and splash of milk. It works! I finally found something that satisfies my afternoon desire for caffeine. No cans, no bottles, no chemicals. How have you kicked the habit?