Eating Light: Drink Herbal Tea Instead of Snacking

We work in front of a computer (obviously) and the urge to snack all day is strong, especially in the cold winter. We've found that one of the best ways to combat the urge to graze is to drink herbal tea instead.

Actually, any sort of tea works, but we try to avoid caffeine in the afternoons, and herbal tea offers such a range of flavors and tastes that we are usually very satisfied by switching up our tea instead of snacking on an unending series of toast and jam.

It's so comforting, too, to wrap our hands around a hot, heavy mug of tea -- so warming and filling! We usually drink ginger and lemon teas, although we like raspberry, mint, and orange spice too. There is always the spiced rooibois chai from Trader Joe's (although we find rooibois to be something of a diuretic -- anyone else?) and decaf black tea too.

These hot cups of tea are often just enough to get us through a snackless afternoon to dinner time. Nothing wrong with snacking, of course, but when you work in front of a computer all day it's too easy to mindlessly graze. Tea helps to curb that, and of course tea is wonderful regardless of any health benefits.

What do you drink in the afternoons, and do you ever use hot beverages to replace a snack?

More on tea:
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Good Question: Best Storage for Loose Tea?
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The Tea Lady: Part I, Builders' Tea
Quick Tip: Plus and Minus Jars for Tea

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.