If you know me, you know that I drink a silly amount of tea sometimes. And while this is all well and good, summer is sometimes just way too hot for that, so last summer I started playing around a little bit with making my own unsweetened iced tea at home.
Another thing I want to touch on here is the idea of liquid calories. Calories from things that you drink don’t fill you up in the same way that food does. This means that sugary iced coffees, sweetened iced teas, pop, wine, beer… everything! Can lead you to taking in a lot of calories without meaning to, especially when it’s hot out. By making your own iced tea or water with fruit in it, you can still have something fruity and summery, without all the sugar.
Also, let’s have a little rant about detox waters: this is not a thing and this tea is definitely not one of them. All over Pinterest, there are recipes for “detox water”, which is normally water or tea with fruit and/or herbs added to it. You do not need to detox your body. That is why you have a liver. Staying hydrated can help you feel more full, which can lead to eating less, and it may help with bloating, but these recipes will not detoxify anything. It is water with fruit. Not a magic potion. End of rant.
- 2 green tea bags
- 2L water
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
- Place the tea bags in a large pitcher. Pour 2L of water over them and refrigerate over night.
- Remove the tea bags.
- Add the blueberries and mint to the pitcher and crush them with a wooden spoon. Let steep until you’re happy with the flavour.
- You can strain out the berries and leaves if you want before serving, or leave them in if that’s your thing!