A special moment spent drinking tea with Grammy last week brought up the question: “Is Two years old too young to start drinking tea?”
My gut instinct said it’s fine, especially because growing up in South Africa, my grandmother and parents always gave us tea. It was Rooibos tea, which is native to South Africa, and it’s herbal and caffeine free, contains antioxidants and many great qualities. Of course I didn’t care about all those details when I was young and I am not sure my parents did either (I stand to be corrected). I just loved the taste of the milky tea, which when I was older became sweetened milky tea….. yum!
I decided to do a little research and here is what I found out:
1. Herbal teas and especially organic teas are much better for your toddler than juice boxes and soda, as the teas don’t contain the high amounts of sugar or corn syrup.
2. You can serve the tea sweetened with honey, or a tiny bit of sugar if needed but mostly you can drink it just the way it is – preferably lukewarm or cold.
3. There is a huge variety of teas out there recommended for kids: lemon balm, lemongrass, ginger, chamomile, mint, red teas with rosehips and hibiscus, honeybush, rooibos and tulsi (list of teas from this great article in the examiner). Of course check with your doctor or nutritionist first in case of allergies 😉
Grammy has been serving “Children’s tea” to her older grand kids for a while, which has become a really special treat for all involved.
Grammy offered the twins some tea and Cameron said “Yes, please” and Mason said he didn’t want any. Well when Grammy served the tea, Cameron refused to try it and Mason ordered up a cup, tasted it and loved it!
Today Grammy was serving Rooibos.
So to answer the question is two too young to drink tea, the answer is NO! Just make sure it is herbal and caffeine free. If it’s organic that is a bonus, and make sure the temperature is not too hot. As for serving it in your fancy china like Grammy did – well that’s just something you will have to decide for yourself! 😉 It makes for good memories to say your first cup of tea was served in china when you were only 2 1/4 years old!!
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