Homemade Herbal Iced Tea: A Natural Alternative to Sugary Drinks
Are your kids drinking more sugar than you know? Are you giving them juice thinking it’s a healthier option than soda?
Consider this. An 8 ounce glass of Old Orchard Organic Apple juice has 27 grams of sugar.
Juice isn’t the only sugary drink popular with kids. Take a look at these nutrition facts:
- An 8 ounce glass of Tropicana Fruit Punch has 30 grams of sugar.
- An 8 ounce glass of Kool Aid sugar sweetened mix has 16 grams of sugar.
- An 8 ounce glass of Coke has 27 grams of sugar.
As a mom who wants to serve her family nourishing food, what can you give your kids that has more flavor than a glass of water but none of the sugar of a fruit punch or glass of juice?
Herbal Iced Tea
Herbal teas come in a variety of great flavors. You can choose from fruity flavors or sweet and spicy flavors.
One of our family favorites is Good Earth Sweet and Spicy tea. It has so much flavor, you will never know it has ZERO grams of sugar. Other sweet and spicy flavors we enjoy are Cinnamon Apple Spice and Constant Comment.
Making a pitcher of homemade iced tea using herbal teas couldn’t be easier.
BASIC HOMEMADE HERBAL ICED TEA RECIPE:
To make a basic pitcher of iced herbal tea, use this simple formula:
TWO * FOUR * SIX
- To TWO cups of boiling water, add FOUR tea bags. Allow to steep for at least SIX minutes.
- Once your tea has steeped, add another TWO cups of cold water. Makes FOUR servings. Chill SIX hours.
Whip up a pitcher in the morning and you’ll have a delicious pitcher of tea ready for when the kids get home from school. If you’ve been giving them sugary options, it might take them a few tries before they adjust to the taste. If you have a great deal of resistance, you can try adding a small amount of sweetener to the two cups of boiling water. Then reduce the amount of sugar with each pitcher until they are drinking straight herbal tea.
To jazz up your homemade herbal iced tea, try freezing tea in ice cube trays. Use the tea iced cubes in place of plain ice. Then, try combining flavors. For example, use pomegranate iced tea ice cubes in blueberry iced tea. Or another great combination is to make Mint iced tea ice cubes and serve in Lemon Zinger iced tea.
By making up pitchers of homemade iced teas, not only will you be cutting out sugar, you will be saving money. A box of 20 tea bags can be purchased on sale for about $2.00. Each box makes 5 pitchers of tea with 4 servings each. That is just $0.40/pitcher or only $0.10/glass!
Do you make Homemade Iced Teas to serve your family? Any favorites you’d recommend?