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Eats & Drinks | 3 Healthy Iced Tea Recipes for Summer

By Barbara Davis

If there’s one healthier alternative to sugar-laden sodas, it’s iced tea. When the scorching heat of summer hits, few things cool you down like a chilled glass of delicious iced tea. The options are endless, and the drinks are super refreshing and packed with antioxidants. What more could you have asked for, right!?

Healthy iced green tea recipes are quite common, but there are many other flavors and blends as well, such as the three listed below!

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Pomegranate Hibiscus Iced Tea

Out of these 3 healthy iced tea recipes, this one’s my favorite!

The herbal blend of hibiscus and pomegranate is delightful. The berry flavor of the hibiscus merges with the sweet taste of pomegranate to enlighten your senses like no other refreshing drink!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 cup of hibiscus tea (loose) or 12 tea bags of hibiscus tea
  • 1 cup of pomegranate juice
  • Lemon wedges to garnish (optional)

Preparation

  1. Steep the tea bags or loose tea in the boiling water. Steeping for 5 minutes is more than enough.
  2. Remove the tea bags or strain the tea before pouring it into a large-sized pitcher or iced tea maker.
  3. Add the pomegranate juice with cold water to the pitcher.
  4. You can refrigerate the blend in your fridge until it gets chilled. I recommend chilling for at least two hours.
  5. For serving, throw some ice cubes into the mix with the lemon wedges.

Another possibility is using pomegranate granita rather than plain juice. This ingredient makes the drink even more refreshing.

Tip: It is possible to refrigerate iced tea for as long as one whole week before serving.

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Earl Grey Orange Iced Tea

If what your senses demand is a summer energizer, look no further. This orange-infused iced tea with Earl Grey offers tons of antioxidants. The flavonoids found in Earl Grey provide multiple health benefits, such as reducing the chances of diabetes and Alzheimer’s! They also promote stronger bones and healthier gums and teeth.

The reason many people choose to add orange juice is that due to its acidic nature, it helps preserve the flavonoids in the tea.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • Peel of a single orange
  • Orange wedges to garnish (optional)
  • 12 tea bags of Earl Gray or 1/4 cup of loose tea
  • 3/4 cup of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (optional)

Preparation

  1. Steep the tea bags or loose tea along with the orange peel. Use boiling water and let the tea steep for about five minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags or strain the loose tea before getting rid of the orange peel. Pour the drink into a large-sized pitcher.
  3. Stir in the orange juice and, if using, the sugar as well.
  4. Add the cold water and refrigerate the tea for no fewer than two hours.
  5. Once chilled, serve the refreshing, healthy drink with orange wedges.

Mango Peach Iced Tea

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Here’s a healthy peach iced tea recipe with the ultimate summer fruit. Mango adds a perfect touch of sweetness and flavor, so you don’t need to include any artificial sweeteners or sugar.

Ingredients

  • 5 tea bags (white tea)
  • 2 pitted and diced peaches
  • 12 cups of purified water
  • 1 cup of frozen mango, chopped and thawed
  • granulated sugar to taste (optional)

Preparation

  1. Boil the water in a large saucepan. Steep the tea bags in it for about five minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags before transferring the tea to a large mixing bowl. Allow the fresh hot tea to cool down at room temperature for at least 45 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, add the peaches, mango, and sugar to a small bowl. Let the mango macerate until it becomes soft and forms juice.
  4. Add both the prepared mixtures to a large-sized pitcher. Add sugar to taste. Stir well.
  5. Chill the tea in the refrigerator, then serve with ice.

Here are the 3 different recipes as presented by Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube:

Stay healthy this summer!


Barbara Davis is a strong and spirited mom blogger who wishes to connect with parents from around the globe. Her contribution to the parenting community includes product recommendations, along with practical advice and useful tips and tricks! Her blog has sections devoted to every important aspect of being a good and responsible parent.

Sources:

  1. Eating Well
  2. Shape
  3. Hello Glow

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