When Singapore announced the closure of non-essential businesses, lines formed outside bubble tea shops, with fights even ensuing — you get it. The bubble tea craze seems to be never-ending, with a slew of new players popping up every few months. However, behind this well-loved drink lies a serious health threat. A regular cup of brown sugar boba milk is also believed to contain as much as three times more than the amount of sugar in a can of Coca-Cola. However, fret not! Healthier bubble tea alternatives do exist. The next time you’re craving for bubble tea, try these for a change.
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Flavoured with natural sugars, fruit teas are a refreshing alternative to bubble tea. These usually do not contain milk, eliminating a source of fat. Opt for healthier toppings like grass jelly or aiyu jelly and you’re good to go. Bonus points if the base tea is green tea, which is rich in antioxidants.
Purple Rice Yogurt
Hailed as one of the closest bubble tea alternatives to its sugar-laden counterpart, Rice Yogurt has exploded in Singapore in the recent months. It caters to those looking Coupled with fruits for a natural sugar boost, these drinks are rich in probiotics and are all made freshly in-house. The rice adds a natural chew to the drink, giving a boba-but-not-quite mouthfeel. Guilt-free indulgence? We’re sold.
You’ve been sleeping on Soya Milk! This dairy-free alternative is popular amongst many Singaporeans, and needs no introduction. While it isn’t quite a substitute for bubble tea, many hawkers centres and chains like Mr Bean offer this drink with the option of boba. You get the enjoyment of boba but with half the fat and sugar!
For added health factor, why not try some fermented tea? Kombucha and fermented lemonade are available at stores like Tea Pulse. Much like regular bubble tea, you’re able to customise your sugar levels and toppings.
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