If you love iced tea and are looking to add a little pizazz to your glass here are 3 easy recipes to flatten your midsection, increase energy, and de-stress. They are easy to make, have simple ingredients and provide great benefits. These are some of my personal favorites that I enjoy as often as possible!
1. Flat Belly Iced Green Tea
Reduce water retention and bloating while sipping!
If you haven’t heard of The Flat Belly Diet, it is a diet that has been around since 2008. This iced tea recipe is a spin off from the original “Sassy” Water recipe in “The Flat Belly Diet.” The modification is to add green tea.
What can this tea do for you?
Help weight loss, reduce bloating, shed water weight naturally, decrease appetite and have a slimmer figure.
We all have heard about the effects of green tea for weight loss but this tea has a cool ingredient you don’t often see in teas- cucumbers. It tastes great and the ingredients help shed extra inches that collect around the waistline and belly. Flat Belly Diet followers drink their “Sassy” water every day and you can drink this iced tea version to keep off weight as well. I have always liked “Sassy” water and so I tried adding green tea and came up with this “Flat Belly Iced Green Tea.”
8 cups water
2 green tea bags
½ cup-1 cup sugar, honey, or sweetener
1 tsp grated ginger root
1 medium cucumber
1 medium lemon
12 spearmint leaves (or other mint)
Servings: About 8
- Steep 2 green tea bags in 2 cups of hot (almost boiling) water. You can use Lipton tea or other brand you like. Stir in sugar or honey. Use ½ cup-1 cup depending on your tastes.
- Set aside to cool. When cooled down, put pot of green tea you just made in the refrigerator or pour it into a pitcher.
- When the green tea is chilled, pour the remaining water (6 cups) into the tea pitcher. Be sure to filter your water so it tastes as pure as possible.
- Wash the cucumber and spearmint. If your cucumber isn’t organic, you can remove the waxy coating by peeling the skin off with a vegetable peeler. This is not a must but I like the way the cucumbers look better this way anyhow. Remove the brown outer coating of the ginger root using your vegetable peeler or spoon.
- Slice the ginger as thinly as possible and slice the cucumber into slices that are thin but do not bend.
- Tear the spearmint leaves and add to the filtered water along with the ginger and cucumber. Shake the container or stir well.
- Drink immediately over ice or put in the refrigerator for later. (The water is more flavored the next day.)
For extra weight loss effects, skip the sugar or add a calorie free sweetener.
2. Iced Chai Tea
Pep in a glass!
The thing I love about Iced Chai Tea? It’s a delicious pick-me-up. It is a close kin to coffee, which I love. Chai is such a unique flavor… Its spicy aroma gives it a one-of-a-kind taste. Use this individual chai spices listed below or substitute with a chai tea spice blend in the spice aisle.
12 cardamom pods, gently crushed
8 whole black peppercorns
8 whole cloves
4-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
4 cups water
4 cinnamon sticks
3 whole allspice cloves (optional)
2 Tbsp brown sugar (more or less to taste)
2 star anise
1 vanilla bean, sliced down the middle
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
4 black tea bags
Servings: Makes about 4 cups of concentrate.
- Bring all ingredients except tea bags to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour mixture through a strainer and reserve the liquid for concentrate. Let cool to room temperature.
- To make Iced Chai Tea mix equal parts concentrate with water or milk. Serve with ice.
- This chai concentrate may be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to one week.
Thank you, Ali, for the inspiration for this recipe.
In a pinch, you could make Iced Chai Tea with a ready to use tea bag. (Tazo has a good quality Chai Tea). Just pop a tea bag into a cup of boiling water, steep, add desirable amount of sugar, let chill, and serve with milk over ice. Some may like their Iced Chai Tea stronger and that can be achieved by steeping 2 tea bags per 1 cup of water.
3. Iced Chamomile Apricot Tea
This is a wonderful anti-stress or bedtime tea.
Yes, it is true that chamomile relaxes you…I can attest to it. I occasionally have this tea before bed as it really has a relaxing effect. I personally would not drink it during the day unless stressed because I prefer to stay perky during the day. Here is my personal recipe:
4 cups water
3 chamomile tea bags
3 1/3 cups apricot nectar, (a.k.a. apricot juice), chilled
1/2 cup chilled simple syrup, or to taste
For the simple syrup:
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups water
Servings: Makes about 8 cups of tea.
- In a saucepan bring water almost to a boil. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cool tea and chill, covered, about 1 hour.
- Pour your chilled chamomile tea into a pitcher.
- To make the syrup: In a saucepan bring sugar and water to a boil, while stirring. Continue until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Allow to cool and chill, covered. (This syrup can keep for up 2 weeks chilled and covered in your refrigerator.)
- Stir in nectar and syrup. Use more or less nectar and syrup to make your taste buds happy.
- Serve tea over ice in a tall glass and relax.
I hope you like these recipes and have been inspired to get creative with your iced tea. Traditional iced tea can be good all on its own but I like my iced tea with something extra. Do you have a favorite iced tea recipe? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!