October has just started and yes, I have already had a pumpkin-inspired tea. Around this time, my friends and I stalk the haunted houses, indulge in pumpkin-flavored products, and gorge enough candy where we regret ever committing to a diet in the first place. We always hear about PSL (thank you, Starbucks), but did you know that there are plenty of healthy teas that are also pumpkin-themed? Take a look below!
I first found out about Pumpkin Pie from a coworker, who was kind enough to bring me a cuppa while we worked endlessly on a project (yay for that project finally being completed!). It was my first day meeting her, and the topic of tea came up (of course it did). She told me about this magical Pumpkin Pie and I tried it. It warmed every sense within, and the taste was divine. Seriously, I know I rave about tea, but I often sort of shy away from some of the more specialty flavors since sometimes, they just overdo the hype. But the blend contains pumpkin, cinnamon, and other spices without leaving a gritty or powdery taste in it. And the best part? You actually taste the pumpkin!
One of the things that I love about DavidsTEA is that it is environmentally conscious. Bring in a reusable container, they will fill it up with tea. You don’t need to drain your pocketbooks buying their air-tight containers (spoiler alert, they are quite awesome and you should keep your tea in an air-tight container regardless, but that’s another story) and their tea is mighty tasty. One thing to keep in mind though, I tell everyone that their tea is not “pure” in the sense of it ONLY being tea. They usually have add-ins, and Pumpkin Chai is no exception. Doesn’t mean that it’s bad, but it does mean you might be getting some sugars that you would not otherwise get in your cuppa. This tea is spiced with caramel, pumpkin candies, cinnamon, and cloves and advertises as being great as a latte. Move over, Starbucks!
My heart is always torn with Celestial Seasonings. On the one hand, I ADORE their herbal fruity teas. On the other hand, they sometimes fall short. This tea is a black tea, automatically making it a bit stronger, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, roasted chicory, natural pumpkin flavor, and more. So the good news is, the strength is there, not like their peach blend. Plus, it is also a bit different from the others which streamline to be pumpkin spice thrown into a tin of black tea and then calling it a day.
Bad news about all of these? All of them are black teas, so all contain caffeine. If you are looking to watch your intake for whatever reason, stick to a nice cinnamon apple.