Super simple iced tea recipe

Iced tea is definitely one of my favorite drinks. It’s healthy, simple and also very inexpensive if you make it at home (an added bonus). You can drink it as-is or give it a little extra sparkle with lemon, lime, sugar or whatever else you like.

A few months ago I came up with this simple recipe and I think it makes delicious iced tea. Essentially it’s just two tea bags and some water! It’s not an exact science so feel free to modify the recipe however you like. Here’s how I make it:

Super simple iced tea

2 tea bags, black tea

water, to fill a pitcher 2/3 to the top

Directions:

Microwave a mug of water for 2.5-3 minutes. Very carefully remove from microwave and set on flat surface. Add tea bags and let steep for 15-20 minutes until tea has cooled down.

Fill a pitcher with water about 2/3 of the way to the top. Water can be cold or room temperature. When tea has cooled remove tea bags and pour into the pitcher. That’s it!  🙂

The iced tea tastes best chilled or over ice.

Some photos are always helpful 🙂

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Water and the cooled tea before they have been mixed together.

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A close up of the tea. It has steeped for about 20 minutes and has cooled down. Steeping it for long time gives the water extra flavor which is good for iced tea so it doesn’t become too diluted.

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The finished product! This pitcher of iced tea will last me a couple of days. It’s an easy, inexpensive drink that I really enjoy.

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Embracing green tea

img_0162I was at the grocery store a few days ago and this box of green tea caught my eye. I’ve been thinking about green tea recently because of reading about it’s health benefits, which sound pretty good.

I’ve had green tea on occasion in the past many times but it’s not been something I drink regularly. So I decided to buy this box of decaf green tea just to try it out (I generally have decaffeinated drinks but that’s just a personal preference).

I heated up some water and let the tea bag steep for about 5 minutes. After it had cooled down a bit I tried it…and really liked it! It has a nice mellow flavor and just felt very calming and soothing. I usually drink herbal teas like peppermint, ginger or chamomile so this is a nice change.

Another great thing about tea is that it’s often a very cost efficient drink if you make it yourself. This box was $3.60 and contained 20 tea bags. That means each cup of tea is only 18 cents. That sounds like a pretty good price to me. Especially compared to buying, say, a 20 ounce soda at the gas station for $1.80.

Frugality rocks : )

I always enjoy finding new little treasures that I can add in to my routine that are also healthy and inexpensive (a nice bonus!). In fact I just made a cup of green tea. I think I’ll go sit on the couch and relax for a bit.

10 Delicious Drinks to Help Kick Your Soda Habit

fruit2Are you trying to drink less soda or quit drinking soda entirely? Luckily there are many delicious alternatives!

I’m trying to quit drinking soda and recently completed a three day no soda challenge. I’ve been a long-time soda drinker, but knowing there were other tasty options made it easier to reach for those instead.

Soda has many negative health impacts. This drink is linked to weight gain, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and dental problems along with many other issues.

Here are 10 quick, cheap and easy drink ideas to have instead of soda:

  • Flavored waters: Add slices of fruit, veggies or herbs to a pitcher of water and chill for a refreshing low calorie drink. You can add limes, lemons, oranges, apples, mint, basil, watermelon, cucumber or any of your other favorites to the water.
  • Seltzer or water mixed with juice.This is great because you get a nice sweet, fruity flavor without as much sugar or calories. My favorite juices to mix with water are orange, cranberry, apple and mixed berry juice.
  • Cheapo lemonade: Squeeze a lemon wedge in water and add a packet of stevia
  • Veggie juice such as V8 or homemade using a juicer or blender
  • Vegan milk such as almond, rice, soy or cashew. These often come in different flavors such as unsweetened, vanilla or chocolate.
  • Smoothies: Super easy and quick to make in a blender. Just add some milk, fruit and other mix ins such as greens or protein powder. Blend and enjoy!
  • Coconut water
  • Iced tea, regular or decaf black or green tea.
  • Hot or iced herbal tea such as chamomile, cinnamon, or peppermint
  • Ice water – very refreshing and the least expensive! : )