Let’s admit it: We know that water is good for our health, but we choose to drink iced coffee, juice, tea, and—just recently—smoothies and bubble tea. There’s just something fun about drinking from a large straw and sucking all those tapioca pearls at the bottom of the cup. We’re talking about boba or bubble tea just in case you don’t know what it is.
However, boba milk tea is packed with sugar and calories, and it has absolutely no nutritional value. You should just buy a commercial blender for smoothies instead so that you can start transitioning to the healthier drinks.
You can try making one at home with the most basic of ingredients: your favourite fresh fruit and mint (or any herb for that matter). Shake them well together using the blender, and you’ve got yourself a smoothie that’s going to benefit your health even more. The best thing about it is that it costs less than the $5 to $7 that you are willing to pay for boba milk tea.
Fun but Loaded with Sugar
Over the last two decades, boba milk tea has grown in popularity in the U.S. You can find it in malls, kiosks along the street, hotels, and even bars. It is everywhere and with a good reason. It is delicious and fun to drink. The pearls are made with tapioca, and they have a smooth texture with a chewy bite. Milk tea is based on black tea that’s been mixed with sugar, condensed milk, syrup, and fruit (if that’s your thing).
There are thousands of ways to customise a cup of boba milk tea, but it is all made of the same ingredient—sugar. Even if you choose to have it with no sugar at all, the tapioca pearls themselves have been cooked in boiling syrup. There’s no way to avoid the sugar content—unless you eliminate the pearls, sugar, and condensed milk, but that would just leave you with plain cold tea. While it’s okay to have milk tea occasionally, it’s not something you should consume every day of the week, according to health experts. Try to lessen your intake to one to two cups a week.
Less Fun but a Healthier Option
On the other end of the spectrum are the smoothie bars. You’ll usually find them in office buildings, malls, and near gyms. These are for the health-conscious, though if you think about it, everyone should be health-conscious now. Smoothies are made with fresh fruit and herbs. They can be blended or shaken with ice. They are refreshing drinks that have less or almost zero sugar content. In some cases, you can use honey to sweeten up the drink a notch.
Smoothies help you lose weight, manage diabetes better, prevent dehydration, and control cravings. They are also a great source of antioxidants. With these many health benefits, why would you overlook the reasons for choosing smoothies instead of boba milk tea? Is it not your responsibility to your body to pick healthier options?