Iced tea is a great way to hydrate during the hot summer months when we’re sweating and naturally losing water! An added bonus to iced tea and tea in general is the antioxidants especially those found in green tea and rooibos (my personal favorite).
A general guideline to making the best iced tea is starting with high quality tea and a iced tea maker or do it the old fashion way by setting out a large pitcher in the sun filled with water and tea bags literally making “sun” tea. For efficiency I like to use an iced tea maker and use a combination of green tea with herbal caffeine free teas that have floral notes like lavender, rose, or hibiscus. Another tea that’s delicious to make into iced tea is black tea then serve with a splash of almond milk and honey for a little caffeine boost during the afternoon.
All teas contain antioxidants so you can’t go wrong there! You want to be mindful of what you’re mixing the tea with- for example sugar to sweeten. I highly recommend using honey to taste, stevia to taste or going completely sugar free and enjoying the natural flavors of the tea instead. It’s easy to drink sugar and calories when sugar is added to a refreshing drink like iced tea.
WHY TEA IS SO GOOD FOR YOU!
• Fights free radicals
• Is a great low-calorie or no-calorie drink to enjoy daily (just safely and moderately)
• Green tea may improve exercise endurance
• Reduces cardiovascular disease
• Is hydrating
• May help reduce metabolic syndrome and reduce waist size circumference
• May be helpful for those with diabetes
• Increases bone density
• May help reduce oxidative damage from smokers
• Improves brain health
• Tastes amazing!
TURMERIC ICED TEA
- 2 cups water
- 1 inch fresh ginger root, minced
- 2 teaspoon ground turmeric (or 1 inch turmeric root)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 2-3 cinnamon sticks)
- 1 lemongrass tea bag
- 6 peppercorns, optional
- Pinch of sea salt
- TO SERVE: sliced oranges, honey, juice of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon coconut oil
In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil, add peeled and minced ginger root, turmeric, cinnamon (you may also add cinnamon sticks), peppercorns if desired, sliced oranges, sea salt.
Simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat. Add lemongrass tea bag if using- steep for 3 minutes and then take out.
Pour in a tea mug,
TO SERVE: add coconut oil, which is optional, honey to taste, and fresh lemon juice. Enjoy hot or warm.
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is an internationally known Registered Dietitian, wellness nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a guide to living whole and well. Visit her blog for nourishing recipes, advice on living the whole lifestyle, and for nutrition expertise and advice. She hosts supper clubs in Nashville seasonally, hosts workshops, retreats and cooking videos. The Nutrition Stripped cookbook is available for pre-order here. Follow McKel: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.