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Celebrate National Iced Tea Month

27 June, 2013 (12:02) | Uncategorized | By: admin

Is anything more refreshing than a nice tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day?  With the right recipe, you’ll be refreshed AND receive health benefits!  Regular tea drinkers reduce their risk of cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.  Studies also indicate stronger bones and healthier teeth and gums.  It’s a win-win situation!  But…you must have the key ingredient!

There are thousands of tea recipes out there, however one thing remains constant.  Water!  H2O is a primary ingredient, so be selective.  Tap water often leaves an undesirable taste, which affects the overall deliciousness of your tea.  Therefore, you only want to use the best!  Did you know that drinking water systems provide fresh, clean tasting water?  It’s true!  And, they improve the overall taste of your tea!

After securing the tastiest drinking water, it’s time to research healthy teas.  We did some of the work for you!  Here are two of our favorite recipes from Eating Well’s website!

 

Hibiscus-Pomegranate Iced Tea www.eatingwell.com/recipes/hibiscus_pomegranate_iced_tea.html

1/4 cup loose hibiscus tea, or 12 herbal tea bags that contain hibiscus

4 cups boiling water

1 cup pomegranate juice or nectar

4 cups cold water

Lemon wedges, for garnish

Steep loose tea or tea bags in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes.  Strain the tea or remove tea bags and pour into a large pitcher.  Stir in pomegranate juice or nectar and cold water. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Serve over ice with lemon wedges, if desired.

 

Iced Mint Green Tea www.eatingwell.com/recipes/iced_mint_green_tea.html

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

3 green tea bags

2 tablespoons honey

4 cups boiling water

4 stalks lemongrass, for garnish

 

Combine mint leaves, tea bags, honey and boiling water.  Let steep for 5 minutes; remove tea bags. Refrigerate until chilled.  Divide among 4 large ice-filled glasses.  Garnish with a stalk of lemongrass.

Take time to enjoy the summer and celebrate National Iced Tea Month in June.  We hope you enjoy the refreshing recipes.

 

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