Here’s a new recipe with thanks to Katie of Nourishing Simplicity
You are sitting on your front porch chatting with good friends while watching your kids play in the back yard as dusk moves in. The lightning bugs are just starting to come out, small hands try to grasp the little bugs and watch them glow. You reach for a glass of iced tea. What kind of tea you might ask? Meadow Tea.
Meadow Tea? What’s that?
I first learned about this herbal iced tea when reading a book about the Amish, with whom this tea is generally associated. Each version differs a bit but the most common version seems to be mint.
Generally Meadow Teas are extremely sweet; mint leaves are naturally sweet on their own so I have kept this version low in sugar.
Iced mint teas are the perfect way to cool and refresh your body on a hot summer day. They are also known to ease digestive problems, calm nausea, sooth muscle spasms, and promote relaxation. Wether you a have been working hard, exercising or just wanting a way to relax, Meadow Tea is just what you need.
The mint leaves of choice are peppermint and spearmint. If you have chocolate mint that is also a good option.
This recipe calls for palm sugar. What I like about palm sugar is it’s light flavor and that it is low on the glycemic index. Other sweetener options are: unrefined sugar or sucanat. Or, you could use two tablespoons of raw honey or add agave nectar to taste if you prefer.
1/2 cup Fresh Spearmint Leaves
1/2 cup Fresh Peppermint Leaves
1/4 cup Palm Sugar
2 cups hot water
8 cups of cold water
1. Gently wash your mint leaves in cool water to remove any dirt or bugs.
2. Add the mint leaves and palm sugar to a large pitcher. Pour in the hot water, stir in the sugar and allow to steep for 20 minutes.
3. If desired remove the leaves after the tea has steeped. Leaving them in will allow the flavor of the tea to continue to develop and add a splash of color.
4. Add the cold water and put in the fridge until completely cool. Serve over ice.
What is your favorite healthy summer drink?
Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 10 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She is happiest in the kitchen creating nourishing meals and home remedies or outside with at least one of her girls at her side. She grew up using herbal supplements but didn’t discover the joy of making her own until 2008. Katie is passionate about real food, herbs and simple living. You can find her blogging about all these things and more on her blog, Nourishing Simplicity where she is living simply by God’s grace.