Today’s Self-Care Sunday, I have a recipe for you. A recipe that helped me to enjoy iced tea without the caffeine or sugar and to support my wellness at the same time! For my healthy iced tea version, I use Nettle for its slight bitterness and dark tea appearance.
I used to love iced tea, but then I gave up caffeine and sugar years ago. With that, I gave up tea and took to drinking water predominantly. I understand that people have a hard time giving up caffeine, but I want you to really search your heart on that decision. Do you feel like you need caffeine to wake up? Do you feel like you can’t “get through the day” without caffeine? Do you rely on caffeine to really push yourself? Then, you may want to search your heart and think about what caffeine really means to you. Be honest with yourself. I used to feel like my day was a to-do list and “getting through” it was my daily object. With that kind of mindset, something like caffeine seemed like a real help. But, I don’t live that life anymore, and I don’t believe that I was ever intended to. Think about it and really try to understand your “need” for caffeine and your need to “push” yourself. It is a discussion for you to have with yourself. I am not here to judge you. I just know that we have to be intentional with the things we allow in our daily routines.
Generally, we drink water at room temperature. It is better for your metabolism, and we actually prefer it that way. However, we are in Alabama in July. In other words, bring on the ice! In the shade, I feel like I am in an infrared sauna – the sweat just does not quit! If we are at the beach, or have been outside for any length of time, we want something colder when we come home. Occasionally, this healthy iced tea is hitting the spot for this girl!
Healthy Iced Tea – Nettle
- 1-2 Nettle tea bags
- Purified water
- Liquid stevia (or other sweetener such as honey or maple syrup)
- Steep tea bag(s) in hot water. If you just use 1 tea bag, then only use half a cup of water for steeping. The idea here is that you will be adding ice and more water to it later, so you want the tea to start out very strong.
- Remove tea bag and allow tea to cool to room temperature. If using honey or maple syrup add it when you remove the tea bag.
- Add ice cubes and 3-4 drops of liquid stevia to a glass.
- Pour the tea over the ice and add about 1/4 C of cold water to dilute. You can dilute as much as you like, or leave it stronger, as the ice melts, it will dilute the tea as well.
Benefits of Nettle
Why Nettle? This nutrient rich herb is a significant source of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, silicon, potassium chloride, chlorophyll, protein, and dietary fiber. The vitamin content may help support vibrant skin, hair, nails, and a healthy liver, kidneys and respiratory system.
Now, put on some worship music and enjoy! We sang this song by Hillsong last Sunday in church, and it has been on my mind ever since. I can’t shake it. And don’t want to.
But, I do want to share it with you today.
May you have a blessed day with Hillsong and a glass of healthy iced tea!