We know how delicious bubble tea can be! (We may be completely biased on this!) We also know that bubble tea is not exactly the healthiest drink either. With so many becoming more aware of what we put in our bodies, we'd like to do our part in helping! There are many options that may make bubble tea a littler healthier for you. Here are 3 simple ways to enjoy a healthier bubble tea:
Modify your sweetness level or cut it out.
At Pochi, we are able to adjust your sweetness level to 1/4 sugar, 1/2 sugar, 3/4 sugar, regular sugar or no sugar added. In fact, we can also do extra sugar, if you're not watching your sugar intake. To stay on our topic of healthier options, we can also substitute sugar with honey or Splenda.
Choose dairy or an alternative.
We use a non-dairy creamer for our Creamy Shakes and Milk Teas. However, you may substitute that for whole milk, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk! The almond, soy, and coconut milks are also a great option if you have a dairy allergy.
Choose less or no toppings.
Part of the experience and joys of bubble tea are the Tapioca Pearls (Boba) that go on the bottom of the drink. If you've been to Pochi, you also know we have a LOT more options than just the Tapioca Pearls. Although our jellies are Gluten Free, they do contain added sugar. Tapioca Pearls also contain quite a bit of carbohydrates. We suggest opting for less than the usual amount if you're watching what you're drinking a little more closely. We can do no toppings, 1/4 amount of the topping, 1/2 amount or the full amount. The option is all yours!
These 3 modifications to your bubble tea may not just apply to drinks at Pochi. If you visit another bubble tea shop, ask if they could make any of these modifications for you as well.
Our Recommendations for Healthier Bubble Tea at Pochi:
Fresh Watermelon Slush (Summer Only) - We use fresh watermelon each Summer. It's one of our Summertime Fave's! We use only 3 ingredients! Watermelon, ice and sugar syrup. Make this even healthier by cutting out the sugar or reducing it! Super refreshing drink!
Honey Green Iced Tea, No Sugar Added - A nice, cold iced tea lightly sweetened with honey. If it's not sweet enough for you, ask for a little extra honey.
Strawberry Banana, No Sugar Added, No Non-dairy Creamer - We add in actual strawberry and banana fruit to this drink! Cut out the non-dairy creamer and sugar to make this drink a little healthier. (Still contains Strawberry Puree Syrup, most of the flavoring comes from this)
Black Milk Tea, Sweetened w/Honey, Sub Almond Milk - Our original milk tea is a main staple here at Pochi. For a lighter twist on this classic drink, substitute the sugar for honey (or Splenda) and instead of our non-dairy creamer, ask for Almond Milk!
Fresh Avocado Shake, Sweetened w/Honey, Sub Coconut Milk - We use FRESH avocados year round! The non-dairy creamer definitely makes this drink really creamy but if you can do without the creaminess, ask for Coconut Milk or Almond Milk!