Tasty, Easy & Healthy Iced Tea

I don’t drink diet soda anymore, and haven’t for quite some time.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 8 and I grew up drinking whatever diet soda was available. Having access to diet soda made growing up with diabetes easier back in the day. There weren’t many diet drink choices back then and I was grateful for whatever I could get.

In college, I started embracing water and making my own iced tea and I’ve never gone back. Occasionally, I’ll drink a diet root beer, but it needs to during a heat wave, served almost frozen and in a glass bottle for me to even consider and then I can only drink one.

Now I prefer and crave water. And if I don’t drink enough water, my skin gets dry and my belly gets bloated – dehydration is not my best look. In the summer time when the temperatures rise, I drink gallons of water – I also make pitchers of iced tea.

Benefits of homemade iced tea

Homemade iced-tea is simple; delicious economical and nutritionally speaking, it’s low in sodium, no carbs, and easy on my blood sugars, because I know exactly what’s in it.

When I make my own iced tea, I don’t want it to be super sweet, which is slightly strange because I have a sweet tooth.

My go-to iced tea is easy. I take a medium pot of water, bring it to a boil, drop in 5 or 6 green tea bags, plus citrus herb-tea bags and lots of fresh mint. I let the tea bags steep for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on what the tea directions state), then scoop them out, let the mixture cool down, then pour in a glass covered pitcher. I squeeze some lemon and lime wedges in the mix, put in the fridge and let cool for an hour and find the fresh mint does the trick sweetening wise.

Give a try and let me know what you think!

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