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Recipes of the Week: Iced Green Tea

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Iced Green Tea

It is no secret that consuming sugary drinks adds unnecessary calories. In fact, Americans consume as many as 300 calories per day in sodas and other sweetened beverages, which can lead to weight gain. But did you know that drinking sugary drinks can also cause ups and downs in your energy levels and cause you to feel lethargic? A healthy and tasty way to keep yourself hydrated and refreshed this summer and avoid the temptation of all those sweetened drinks is to make your own delicious iced green tea.

Ingredients:

6 cups filtered water
5 bags Green Tea
4 tbsp. honey
10 basil or mint leaves
ice cubes

Directions:

1. Boil 5.5 cups of water.
2. Pour over 5 tea bags of your favorite green tea (my favorite is jasmine green tea, because the added jasmine flowers add a delicate aroma and flavor) into a large pitcher. Let steep for at least 7 minutes.
3. In the meantime, boil 1/2 cup of water, turn off the heat and add the honey and 10 leaves of basil or mint.
4. Mix, cover, and allow the honey mixture to cool. Discard the basil/mint leaves.
5. Pour the honey mixture into the pitcher, and add ice cubes.
6. After the green tea has cooled, divide it up into as many servings as you would like to drink throughout the day. You can prepare several and take them with you to work (or to the beach!). Pour the iced green tea drink into mason jars or portable bottles with caps and sip all day long to feel refreshed and energized.
7. Have fun and experiment. Add lemon slices, orange slices, a sprig of fresh mint, or some sparkling water to freshen it up.

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