ICED SUN TEA


This is the healthy diabetic version of the popular Sweet Tea recipe. Instead of cups and cups of refined sugar that will spike your blood sugar in an instant, this healing recipe uses stevia for sweetness. This naturally occurring sweetener comes from a plant and does not have the side effects of the artificially made sweeteners.

It’s always tea time. Tea is a great substitute for weaning yourself off of heavy coffee drinking. Tea, unlike coffee, comes with some widely studied and documented health benefits. This study concluded that drinking black tea daily lowered stress biomarkers, increased total antioxidant capacity, and decreased C-reactive protein in type 2 diabeticsC-reactive protein is found in your blood stream and increases with inflammation, meaning that tea helped to decrease this effect, which is a good thing. Black tea has also been identified to increase relaxation and lower your cortisol levels, which is your stress hormone. A study of over 40,000 people in Japan found that drinking green tea greatly reduced your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Green tea has also been found to have “a small, positive effect on weight loss and weight maintenance.” Tea is often heavily sprayed with pesticides, so buying organic is important to maximize the health benefits. Loose leaf tea is always the cheapest option, although it requires a tea strainer. Check out the teas we have listed on our shopping guide.

 

EQUIPMENT FOR STEEPING TEA

Good kitchen tools, like good ingredients, are important for success. If you have a juicer that can be used instead of a blender for the ginger and turmeric roots.

  • Filtered Water – Good water makes for good tea.
  • Black Tea, Organic, Loose Leaf – Black tea makes for the best sun tea. Try the flavored varieties, too. Ginger peach black or black mango all make excellent sipping brews.
  • Fine Mesh Strainer – Pour the tea through a fine mesh strainer to remove the tea leaves. This one works for other kitchen uses, too.
  • Glass Jug – Store the tea in the fridge for weeks in a glass growler or jug. Avoid plastic containers if possible, for taste and health concerns.
  • Sunshine – Difficult to control, but when you see a sunny day in the forecast think about this recipe.

 

ICED SUN TEA
 
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Cool off on a hot day with a refreshing cold glass of sun tea. Sweetened with liquid stevia to prevent blood sugar spikes.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 64oz
Ingredients
  • Black Tea, preferably organic, 16 tsp
  • Fresh Water, 64 oz
  • Liquid Stevia (optional)
  • Lemon Wedges (optional)
Instructions
  1. Measure the tea into a glass container (16 tsp = ¼ c + 4 tsp).
  2. Fill the container with fresh cold water.
  3. Steep in direct sunlight for approximately 4 hours.
  4. Strain the tea leaves from the liquid.
  5. Serve over ice, with optional lemon and stevia. Store in the refrigerator.

 

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