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Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free!

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree
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This Healthy Iced Tea is sugar-free, and super easy to make! Perfect for hot weather, this refreshing beverage will transport you to a relaxing tropical paradise…

Part of the picnic: 
For Summer, I’ll be posting recipes that are perfect for a healthy picnic!

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree

Due to being British, I consider tea to be a hot drink which is enjoyed at a time between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Usually, one adds a splash of milk and possibly a teaspoon of sugar. Sometimes it is accompanied by some biscuits or a slice of cake.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I tried iced tea for the first time. A traditional beverage from the United States, it was a new idea to me. Cold tea?! But after trying it, I saw that there was a method to the madness.

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree

One Summer when I was little, I remember asking my parents why they were drinking hot tea on such a warm day. My mum replied by explaining that tea is refreshing! This notion baffled my 4-year-old self (as you can see, tea is a very confusing subject).

But you know that satisfyingly refreshing aftertaste you get with every sip of tea? That’s what my mum was referring to. Now, it’s even more refreshing if the tea is actually cold. Suddenly, the idea of cold tea seems to make perfect sense!

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree

I don’t drink tea very often, but if I do, I have a cup of English Breakfast without sugar. Admittedly, for a while I did used to have a teaspoon of sugar in my tea, but decided to break that habit!

In most of the US, iced tea is served unsweetened – like I have my tea…but ice-cold instead of boiled. However, in the southern states, they love their sweet ice tea and it’s often served year-round!

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree

To make this Healthy Iced Tea, you’ll need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes…

First of all, boil at least 100ml of water (past the minimum mark) in the kettle. Place 1 green teabag and 1 English Breakfast teabag in a large glass jug. (You could use 2 of the same type, or experiment with different teas, such as Chamomile, Liquorice, Earl Grey etc.)

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree

Pour all the water into the jug, and leave the teabags to diffuse for 3 minutes.

Remove teabags with a spoon and dispose of them. Add 500ml cold water to the jug, then stir well.

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree

Now for the sweetness! Of course, as this healthy iced tea is sugar free, we’re going to have to find an alternative to sugar. You could use something like Xylitol, but I am very wary of these sugar replacements, as not enough research has been done and we don’t know what side effects they may have.

So used something we haven’t seen since my Healthy Vanilla Cheesecake

Vanilla Crème Stevia!

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree

Zero calories, completely natural, and 200 times sweeter than sugar! (I’ve tried a little on its own, and it’s the most sweet, gorgeous flavour!) You’ll need just a teaspoon of the stuff, or less if you prefer your iced tea to be not-so-sweet.

Add 2 teaspoons of refreshing lemon or lime juice, and stir. Chuck in a handful of ice cubes, and enjoy!

This makes about 3-5 servings. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free! #healthy #icedtea #summer #picnic #sugarfree

 

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free!

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3-5 servings

Serving Size: 100ml - 200ml cup

Healthy Iced Tea: Sugar-free!

This Healthy Iced Tea is sugar-free, and super easy to make! Perfect for hot weather, this refreshing beverage will transport you to a relaxing tropical paradise...

Ingredients

  • •100ml boiled water
  • •500ml cold water
  • •2 teabags (I used 1 English Breakfast, 1 Green tea)
  • •1 teaspoon liquid stevia (I used vanilla creme stevia)
  • •2 teaspoons lemon OR lime juice
  • •Handful of ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Boil at least 100ml of water (past the minimum mark) in the kettle.
  2. Place the 2 teabags in a large glass jug. Pour the boiled water into the jug, and leave for 3 minutes.
  3. Take the teabags out and throw them away.
  4. Pour in 500ml cold water, and stir.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid stevia. Then add 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice.
  6. Stir well, then add a handful of ice cubes.
  7. Store in the fridge (in jug covered with cling-film, or a sealed flask or bottle) for up to 2 days.
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