The perfect dairy-free CUPPA
Love dairy-free but not in tea? Meet the new tea that tastes great with plant-based alternatives…
The rise and rise of the popularity of dairy-free alternatives to milk shows no sign of slowing down. Whether it’s for dietary reasons or ethical concerns (perhaps both), having a carton of soya, almond, oat or other dairy-free drinks in the fridge is no longer unusual.
While they’re ideal in smoothies and great with cereal, let’s be honest – the good old British cuppa just doesn’t taste as good with dairy-free alternatives. That’s why PG tips has created a delicious new blend of tea specially for dairy-free tea drinkers – and it has everyone talking!
In a move set to chime with changing times PG tips was the very first company to invent a blend that’s designed to complement dairy-free alternatives.
PG tips Perfect with Dairy-free tea, in trademark pyramid bags, is expertly blended to give you the great-tasting cuppa you’d expect from the UK’S favourite tea brand*. It tastes so good it’s been awarded a two star Great Taste Award**.
As the first tea producer in the UK to carry the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal, PG tips is also proud of its efforts to look after the environment and supports its tea farmers. All its tea, including the new Perfect with Dairy-free, is farmed by workers who earn a fair wage, with access to decent housing, medical care and education. So now you can enjoy a delicious dairy-free cuppa that tastes just as you want and has ethical credentials.
The river in Chester was a mass of arms and legs, with everybody fighting for space. Dressed in a wetsuit, swimming cap and goggles, I gently lowered myself into the cold water and took in the incredible atmosphere. I was about to start my first triathlon, and while I was nervous, excitement outweighed any anxiety. At 44, I was doing something out of my comfort zone, and before any doubts could creep in, the klaxon began to blare…
I enjoyed sports in my teens, but I stopped for a few years when I went to uni. And, after my husband Andy and I welcomed our daughter Mia in 2001, followed by Joe in 2004, I was initially too exhausted from being a mum to work out. It wasn’t until my mid-30s that I started thinking about exercise again.
A couple of nights a week, when Andy got home from work, I’d go for a run. Whereas I’d always found gym workouts to be monotonous, running seemed to help clear my mind.
One evening in 2010, Andy and I were speaking to a friend of ours, Jon, about the triathlons he’d been doing.
I joked that he was putting my running efforts to shame, but he was really encouraging. ‘If you trained hard enough, you could do one too,’ he said. The suggestion was almost laughable. I had not swum properly since I was a child and hadn’t so much as sat on a bike since I was a teen. By now I was 43 – it was far too late to be taking on such a huge challenge. Or so I told myself at first. But over the next few days, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
I knew doing a triathlon wasn’t going to be easy, especially for a woman in her 40s who only did the occasional bit of running. But feeling inspired, I had some swimming lessons at my local leisure centre. The first few were tough, but the more I persevered, the easier it became and soon I was swimming lengths of the pool.
While it’s true you never forget how to ride a bike, I had forgotten how sore it makes your muscles! It became easier though and by 2012, I finally felt confident to take on my first triathlon consisting of half a mile of swimming, 20 miles cycling and 3.1 miles running.
Andy stayed with the children at home, while I went to the women’s only event in Chester. The mass start was daunting, but I focused my attention on the challenge. I was exhausted when I crossed the finish line but euphoric.
Two years later, I completed another triathlon called the Outlaw Full – which involved a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26 mile run – in 12 hours.
Since then, my times have improved so much, I’ve represented GB eight times in European championships, with my biggest challenge yet in Hawaii this October. I’m far fitter, now at 44, than I ever was in my 20s and that’s something to really be proud of.
‘I was 43 – IT was far Too late’
TRY IT FOR YOURSELF PG tips Perfect with Dairy-free is available in packs of 35 and 70 from all major supermarkets. Visit pgtips.co.uk for more information
mel has now represented Great Britain