A sunny porch or windowsill is a key ingredient in this recipe. Capture a ray of sunshine in this natural brewed tea. By not heating the water on the stove, you're conserving energy and doing something good for the planet!
Equipment: large see-through jar with lid (clear glass works best)
How long does it take?
3 hours to brew, 2 hours to chill
What's in it?
4 cups water
4 individual bags of herbal tea—try different combos:
- 2 chamomile and 2 lemon tea bags
- 2 cinnamon tea and 2 apple tea bags
4 lemon wedges
4 teaspoons honey (optional)
How to make it:
Step 1: Prepare the jar.
Pour water into the large jar. Place tea bags in water but leave the string and tags hanging over the edge. Keeping the tags outside the jar will make the tea bags easier to remove later. Otherwise, be prepared to fish the tea bags out with a spoon. Fasten the lid, keeping the tea bags and water in and the tags and bugs out.
Step 2: Brew the tea with sun power.
Place the jar in a sunny spot (a window, porch, or your yard). Leave it to brew for three hours. When brewed, the tea will be a golden brown.
Step 3: Chill...
Remove the tea bags and place the jar in refrigerator to chill.
Step 4: Drink up!
When chilled, served your sun tea with a lemon wedge and a quick maple peanut cookie. Stir in 1 teaspoon honey if you like it sweet.
Calories: 16, Protein 0, Carbohydrate 4 g, Fat 0, Vitamin A 37 IU (5% of RDA), Vitamin C 3 mg (6% of RDA), Vitamin E 4% of RDA, Potassium 36 mg
What's in it for you?
Herbal tea can provide some of the 8 glasses of water you need to stay hydrated through each day. You need even more on a hot day, or when you are physically active. Most herbal tea is caffeine-free so it won't make you jittery.
Have you heard the scoop on soft drinks? Too much can load you up with nutritionally empty calories and can also interfere with the growth of your bones. Herbal tea is a super substitute.
Honey is a natural sweetener. There is scientific evidence that natural sweeteners like honey might keep you energized longer than other sugars.