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Renaye

A Relaxing Drink Suggestion

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I am looking for a drink that is gluten free, dairy and egg free that is soothing to drink.  Preferrably a hot drink that is not to sugary. I have problems with acid reflux and tea and coffee even decaf tends to bother me.  So far I am drinking hot water in the mornings. I posted it here since I will probably have to make it instead of buy it.  Any suggestions?

 

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Do you have an issue with herbs, or tea? If it is tea leaf you have an issue with there are many herbal (zero tea leaf) "teas" out there.

Does coconut bother you? What about a coconut water based drink? Almond milk? Rice milk?

If you can do one of the above milks, you could add herbs (if they don't bother you) to make a chai type drink.

I'd assume smoothies (which would be cold) would be risky since most involve raw fruits and veggies.

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For personal reasons I do not drink coffee or tea. That said, by "tea" what I mean is I do not drink tea of the tea plant. I do drink whatever herbal teas I like since they are not actually tea at all. That would be my suggestion to try, of course staying away from any that have barley. I like to shop at Teavana, if you have one near you they can help you make a good selection from their herbal choices.

 

I also enjoy a good mug of hot cider. There really is nothing else like it.

 

Oh, also I know you said dairy free but I'm sure you have a dairy sub that you probably use. I drink regular milk but sometimes when I can't sleep I'll heat a little milk with honey. Not sure how well this would work with non-dairy milks but maybe worth trying. It really is a most soothing and relaxing thing to drink, I only put a little drop of honey in it which is a personal choice. Lots of people drink warm milk without honey.

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I have tried green tea and the herbal celetrial tea packets and they both tend to give me GERD symptoms.  My lower esophagus spincter muscle does not shut anymore.  I may look into other types of tea.  I have not tried any dairy free milk instead of my morning tea, but that and the apple cider are good suggestions.  Not sure if the cider will bother me though. 

 

I made a snack cake with raisins in it today and I drank some of the boiled water that I used to soften the raisins.  It was quite tasty.  I may try to boil other fruits and use that juice to drink. 

 

Yes I can have coconut.  I will see about getting that to drink also.  Thanks for the suggestions.

 

Renaye

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Green tea is still tea. Green, white, black, and oolong tea are all from the same plant and in general an issue with one will mean and issue with all four. I do buy some herbal teas, which like I said I like to get at Teavana. I also like to just buy herbs from the local herb shop and throw those in a tea ball. Steeping herbs isn't really any different than doing the same with a fruit, it just happens to be an herb. I never get caught without lavender in the house. I buy my chamomile tea because I'm lazy and its cheaper.

 

It is also just how I choose to drink my cold water. Because I despise water, a side effect of having grown up on spring water and now living in town. I can buy filtered water relatively cheap but I still don't like it, so I put lavender and mint in it. It changes it to a whole new drink, which is refreshing and soothing at the same time.

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Addy, how do you do the lavender?

I like water with a slice of lemon.

I had terrible reflux, but most of it went when I went gluten-free AND cut out most sugar including fruit for a few months. 10 months in I can now eat fruit most days.

Chamomile can be soothing, and mint, especially if you just throw in a few fresh leaves to hot water.

Good question, I am getting some ideas too :)

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For the cold water I just throw the tea ball with about a teaspoon of lavander in a quart of filtered water. I throw a couple bruised mint leaves on top and put it in the fridge for a few hours. I also do the same with slices applies, berries, citrus and just mix in whatever herbs in a tea ball seem like a good idea. If you google infused water you'll find all sorts of wonderful ideas. Mostly though I stick with lavender and mint. I love lavender almost as much as I love giraffes.

 

For tea I just put my herbs in a tea ball. I boil as much water as I want tea (plus whatever I count will evaporate) scoop a small spoon of honey into the boiling water then throw in my tea ball. I bought a super huge thing of local honey at the garden center sometime last year, it isn't runny and is more like shortening and has a really distinct flavor. It barely takes any at all and I use it more than anything as a treatment for my allergies. (Local honey is supposed to be good for that sort of thing, it seems to help maybe.) The tea isn't really sweet or sugary, but has an amazing flavor from the honey that just can't be beat.

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I love lavender almost as much as I love giraffes.

 

Wow, that is serious.

I haven't reintroduced honey yet, but a good set local one is VERY appealing.

I told Mr Mindwarp that teaball would come in handy, and my lavender is amazing at the moment.

Cheers :)

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Herbal tea.

Chammomile is soothing.  Mint might bother your GERD symptoms, so be cautious.  I also like ginger tea with honey.  Or just lemon and honey.  You could try marshmallow root (not marshmallows!) for soothing the stomach.  Red raspberry leaf is good too.  There are soooooooo many herbal teas out there.  I encourage you to find good sources of them (bulk is often a better way to go, not packaged, bagged, stored-on-a-shelf-forever varieties) and try different things.  You can use honey to sweeten, or sugar, or stevia, or many other alternatives.  Many don't need sweetening at all.

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