If coffee is the main beverage you’re sipping on all day, every day, it might be time to switch things up. When it comes to keeping your body properly hydrated, Anna Farkas, a holistic health coach, says iced tea is the way to go.
“You’ll get a jolt of energy without the acidity coffee has,” she said in a cooking class for Ten Spot. “Coffee also dehydrates the body—it’s a diuretic. This iced tea, on the other hand, is a great way to stay hydrated.”
This isn’t just your everyday plain tea, though—it’s something you’ll actually look forward to drinking. Aside from green tea, this drink also includes blackberries (which are packed with vitamins), honey (which has antioxidant properties that can benefit your immune system), and mint. “Mint is really calming to the stomach, and it’s anti-inflammatory,” says Farkas. “It also protects against harmful bacteria and gives you fresh breath.”
Here’s how to make this delicious hydration-boosting blackberry iced tea for yourself.
Blackberry Iced Tea
- Green tea bags
- Fresh mint leaves
- Lemon juice
- Put a couple green tea bags in cold water, and put it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
- While your tea is getting cold, use a muddler or the back of a spoon to muddle some blackberries, fresh honey, and a few mint leaves in a bowl.
- Add a squirt of lemon juice, then continue muddling.
- Fill a glass with iced tea, then add a big spoonful of your muddled berry mix.
- Add a few ice cubes and enjoy.