Nothing says summer quite like iced tea—chill out with these exceptionally tasty cool quenchers
The road to well-being may be steeped in tea. Science continues to reveal just how potent this ancient beverage is. Green tea, for example, is loaded with catechins and phenols, which have been found to protect the heart and brain and extend life, not to mention help protect against cancer (a nice little “side effect” of this heart-healthy drink). Oh—and green tea also helps you lose weight! Similar healthy compounds and benefits have been identified in other types of tea, including black and white teas.
The following recipes let you savor the joys of summer and give your health a boost at the same time.
TEA TIP: You can do a really terrific and unusual variation on this iced green tea beverage by substituting a legendary tea powder known as matcha for the four lemon green tea bags. Matcha is a very specific type of premium green tea grown only in Japan. It has a unique rich taste—full-bodied, astringent, with a lingering sweetness. But it’s also known for its numerous health benefits—rich in nutrients, antioxidants, blood-purifying chlorophyll, and, of course, the wonderful, calming amino acid, L-theanine. If you use matcha, just substitute 1 tsp. of the powder for the tea bags: blend 1 cup of water, 1 cup of ice cubes, 1 tsp. of matcha powder, ½-inch peeled ginger root, the juice and zest of 1 small lime, and 1–2 Tbs. of raw local honey in a high-speed blender until frothy. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy at once.
Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC
Iced Tea Indulgence
Want to make a pitcher of no-frills iced tea? Try one of the following boxed teas—all three are standout selections that taste great hot or cold.
RISHI TEA ORGANIC BLUEBERRY HIBISCUS: The tangy-tart flavor of hibiscus is married with sweet blueberries for a super-refreshing beverage. It’s caffeine-free, too.
PUKKA ORGANIC SUPREME MATCHA GREEN TEA: We love that this über-healthy brew is a blend of three fairly traded whole leaf green teas: Chinese Sencha, Indian Oothu, and Vietnamese Suoi Gang. The result is a clean yet complex finish.
REVOLUTION TEA SWEET GINGER PEACH TEA: Fans describe this popular brew as “the best tea ever” and “the best ginger-peach tea blend.” You’ll notice the bright, sweet aroma of peach and ginger the minute you open the box.