Come summer, and everyone is in search of cool and refreshing drinks to make the sweltering heat a wee bit bearable. Unfortunately, most carbonated drinks and beverages are packed with unhealthy amounts of caffeine and sugar which do more harm than good.
However, trying out some of these recipes may be worth your while as not only are they extremely delicious, they are also free of caffeine and processed sugars which makes them absolutely guilt free! You can swap the ingredients and get creative with the recipes to suit your taste.
Hibiscus ice tea lemonade
Hibiscus tea is a sweet smelling, low caloric beverage and contains many beneficial properties that makes it quite popular all over the world. It contains minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. It helps lower cholesterol and aids in weight loss. It also helps alleviate depression and anxiety. It is also proven to lower pain and promotes a good night sleep. Hibiscus iced tea lemonade can be a great substitute to high caffeine containing beverages and can give you a refreshing feel in the hot summer months.
- 3 hibiscus tea bags
- 8 cups water
- Organic honey (to taste)
- 3 lemons
- Mint leaves (for garnishing)
Boil 2 cups water in a saucepan and remove from the stove. Pour over the tea bags and let it steep for 4-5 minutes. Strain the tea, add honey and stir until well mixed. Add in freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add the remaining water and some ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve chilled.
Berry Green tea smoothie
The merits of green tea are not unknown. It is one of the healthiest teas that one can consume and is packed with antioxidants and minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. It is great for weight loss, lowering unhealthy cholesterol, promoting healthy skin, and boosting the body’s immunity and infection fighting ability. Green tea also helps to reduce the risk of diabetes and helps with memory and brain function. The great part about green tea is that one can get creative and use it in various ways. Berry green tea smoothie is one such way, and can help you beat the heat this summer.
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup of frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 banana
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- green tea bag
Boil one cup of water and remove from stove. Pour over a bag of green tea and let it steep for 4-5 minutes. Refrigerate for about an hour. In a blender add all the ingredients until smooth. Serve chilled.
Ginger turmeric iced tea with lemon
Ginger and turmeric have been used over the centuries for their medicinal and healing properties. They are particularly beneficial in their ability to alleviate pain and boosting the immune system. At the same time, they are also known to help fight against cancer, lowering the risk of heart disease and improving cognitive functioning.
Not only is the tea very healthy and guilt-free, it is also extremely delicious. It can be consumed hot as well, however in the form of iced tea, it is perfect for the sweltering summer heat.
- 8 cups of water
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 lemons
- 3 ginger and turmeric tea bags
- 1/3 cup of organic honey
Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon sticks and sliced lemons to the water and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Strain and set aside. In another saucepan boil 2 cups of water and pour over tea bags. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Mix both the liquids and add honey. Add the remaining water and ice. Serve chilled.
Fruit Tea with Citrus and Mint
A blend of the goodness of fruits and the healing power of herbs, herbal fruit teas are a delightful concoction with an array of health benefits. Also known as a tisane or infusion, mint and citrus tea has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. It is rich in vitamin C and is a great way to fight off seasonal colds and flu. It is refreshing and is a personal favorite during the summer.
- 8 cups of water
- 3-4 bags of citrus and mint fruit tea
- Fresh mint leaves (for garnishing)
- 2 slices of lemon (for garnishing)
- 2 slices of orange (for garnishing)
- 1/3 cup honey
Boil 2 cups of water and pour over tea bags. Let it steep for 4-5 minutes. Add in honey and stir until dissolved. Add in remaining water and ice. Throw in the slices of lemon and orange for extra flavor and garnishing. Add mint leaves. Serve chilled.
There are many other recipes that you can try. Just make sure to keep them as healthy as possible by swapping unhealthy ingredients for healthy and unprocessed ones. Try to use fresh items wherever possible. Happy summers!