Summer is pretty here and we all have patios, BBQ’s and backyard parties on our minds. At the first sign of sun, we are craving a cool, refreshing beverage. Skip out on the sugary iced teas and try serving this natural vanilla rooibos blueberry iced tea recipe at your next party or get together.
Not only is this tea easy on the sugar, it also has some excellent health benefits. Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants, and it contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It is also caffeine free, so you can drink it all day, even before bed… it actually might even actually help with sleep! These are just some of the many benefits of rooibos tea. Combining this with blueberries, you have a perfect antioxidant summer beverage!
Tracy’s Vanilla Rooibos Blueberry Iced Tea Recipe
- 2 tsp vanilla rooibos loose leaf tea (available at most natural food stores, such as Community Natural Foods in Calgary).
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1-4 drops liquid stevia (optional)
- A few lemon wedges for garnish
- Iced cubes
Steep tea in boiled water for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool down for a good chunk of time. Fill a glass pitcher half way with iced cubes. Pour the cooled vanilla rooibos tea over the ice. Add the blueberries and stevia (if desired).
Give it a stir and add a lemon wedge for garnish and enjoy.
There you have it. You can feel refreshed and summery without the sugary load on your system! Here’s to summer and patio drinks that don’t sideline our efforts to keep healthy!
Tracy Thiessen is a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, C.H.N.C.™. Her interest in nutrition started at a young age, when she learned how to prepare meals but also began to question what was in the foods she ate. Her curiosity and interest continued after seeing major improvements in her own health after modifying her diet and altering her lifestyle, which led her to study Nutrition. Learn more about Tracy here.