The Perfect Summer Iced Tea

by Simla on June 2, 2011

I was craving something refreshing, cooling, and perfect for the hot weather we’ve been having here in Boulder, CO this week. I don’t drink sodas. I don’t drink sugary stuff. I don’t always want to have coconut water or plain water.

A visit from a dear old friend I went to high school with (in Cairo, Egypt) reminded me of an old favorite drink I’d completely forgotten about: hibiscus!

Hibiscus ~ a flamboyant, deeply red flower ~ and its tea are appreciated as body coolers in natural medicine and the warm-climate countries and areas in which it’s usually enjoyed such as Egypt, West Africa, Latin America, and Jamaica.

Among hibiscus’s merits are its high antioxidant content, potential for anti-tumor effects, and proven ability to support healthy liver function. Hibiscus has also been studied for its ability to reduce high blood pressure, which it has been proven to do. Read a high-level overview of these studies here.

The only time to avoid or be mindful of drinking too much hibiscus tea is if you have hormonal imbalances, including estrogen-based cancers. So limit to about 2 cups a day, max.

Hibiscus Iced Tea

Ready for how easy this is?

Ingredients
5 hibiscus teabags (use organic)
2 pints (about 1 Liter) hot filtered water
1-2 cups of ice

Directions

  1. Pour hot water over teabags in a glass pitcher. (Do not use plastic with hot drinks as the plastic may leach.)
  2. Let teabags steep for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Further cool pitcher of tea in fridge, if preferred.
  5. Pour a long glass and enjoy.

You don’t need to sweeten hibiscus tea as it has a naturally sweet edge to it. This is a great way to wean off sugary drinks and sodas, including those sweetened with artificial sweeteners.

= Zero calories + tons of refreshment + healthy benefits

Variations

Enjoy!

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This recipe is shared with you courtesy of Simla Somturk Wickless, MBA, CHC, CNE, founder of Delicious Health LLC. Simla is a health, nutrition, and balanced living coach whose mission is to transform Busy Bodies into healthy, Balanced beings TM. Simla loves working with women entrepreneurs, professionals, and autoimmune clients to help them double their energy, tame their stress, get to their natural weight without dieting, and take back control of their health to live intensely pleasurable and impactful lives. Learn more  at www.EnjoyDeliciousHealth.com or www.DeliciousHealthBlog.com.

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