As part of the Raising Healthy Family Series, I wanted to share our family favorite Homemade Tea Recipes.
When you drink tea, you benefit from two powerful antioxidants: polyphenols and flavonoids. These antioxidants are so important, the American Institute for Cancer Research named green tea one of the top foods that fight cancer.
As if that isn’t reason enough to drink more tea, consider this: Studies show drinking 3 cups of black tea per day can reduce your chance of stroke by 21%, and drinking just one cup of green tea a day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by 10%.
To get these health benefits, you need to be drinking homemade tea. As this article attests, the bottled tea you find in the grocery store simply doesn’t have the same amount of antioxidants as the tea you brew at home. Bottled tea can also have a lot of sugar. Making homemade tea allows you to control the type and amount of sweetener in your tea.
These are some of the homemade tea recipes we make in our home. I hope you’ll find one to share with your family.
No Sugar Zero-Calorie Homemade Tea Recipes
Americans are now drinking an average of 400 extra calories a day. Replacing those empty calories with no-calorie alternatives is a great way to make a healthy change for your family.
Most herbal teas are made from fruits and herbs and have enough flavor that sugar is not necessary. With the number of herbal teas to choose from, you are sure to find one that your family will like.
Here are my recommendations for Homemade Herbal Iced Teas including my 2-4-6 method for brewing the perfect pitcher.
Fruit Juice Sweetened Homemade Tea Recipes
Fruit juice can be a great sweetener for tea. Most juices have some nutritional value that pairs well with the antioxidants found in tea. Just be sure to pick a 100% fruit juice. If you buy fruit juice “cocktail” you may be getting a juice mixed with high fructose corn syrup.
If you’ve got a kiddo that likes apple juice, this Strawberry Apple Homemade Sweet Tea has plenty of apple flavor but less sugar than a glass of juice.
Fizzy Homemade Ice Tea is another fruit juice sweetened tea that is sure to please any family member who enjoys a carbonated beverage.
Both of these teas can be made with black, green or herbal tea, so have fun trying different flavor combinations.
Homemade Tea Sweetened with Natural Sweeteners
When it comes to sweetening tea, use all natural sweeteners like honey and agave nectar. Honey is three times sweeter than refined sugar, and agave nectar is 50% sweeter than refined sugar. That means you can use less in your tea and it will still taste sweet.
If you like sweet tea, give this classic Homemade Sweet Tea a try.
In the winter, we love this Homemade Russian Tea Recipe that has all the sweet flavor of the classic powdered mix but none of the chemicals.
Homemade Green Tea Recipes
Green tea is a fun tea to “dress up” in different flavors. This Spiced Green Tea recipe is quite unusual and always gets rave reviews.
I like to make up pitchers of these mocktails for BBQs and get-togethers. Don’t let the mocktail names fool you. Green Tea Mock-jitos and Green Tea-Quila Sunrises are family friendly drinks everyone can enjoy.
Make Your Next Smoothie with Tea
Do you ever use tea as the base for your smoothies? Any tea – black, green, or herbal – makes a great addition to smoothies.
This Green Tea Blueberry Smoothie is a family favorite. Try it for breakfast some day soon.
Need even more inspiration? I have a whole Pinterest board of Tea to encourage you to drink more tea! Have a favorite tea recipe? Share it in the comments!