Friday, September 18, 2015

Sweeten your Tea with out Sugar

Iced tea is a good beverage choice healthful phytochemicals (plant chemicals that are beneficial to humans) and is often cheaper than ready-made beverages, sodas and mixes. Plus, if you don’t add sugar, then it contains zero calories!  But sometimes we want our tea a little sweet.

To sweeten your tea without sugar, try adding:
  • Citrus: lemon slices or orange slices
  • Herbs: mint, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lemon grass
  • Spices: cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, cloves
  • Fresh fruit (choose ones that won’t oxidize, like peaches, cherries, berries, or melon)
You can also make combinations using fruit, spices, citrus, and herbs! Consider:
  • Peach green tea
  • Black tea with orange slices and cinnamon
  • Green tea with rosemary and lemon
  • Minted iced tea
  • Black tea with nutmeg, cherries, and oranges
To make it easier to grab tea instead of a soda, prepare it ahead of time and have it ready in the refrigerator waiting.

To brew a great pitcher of tea, remember that tea should never be boiled.  Boiling tea leaves releases a bitter flavor.  Bring water to a boil and then remove from heat and place tea in the water or pour hot water over tea leaves.  Steep for 4 minutes for perfect tea.

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