“Summer is my favorite time to break-out the healthy & cooling beverages. Here are the ones I enjoy the most, including the great things each can do for your body.” Rebecca Aldag, MBA, MS, CNS
Faux White Wine: You can choose any high quality, loose leaf tea whose flavors are found in real white wine. Here I show a Melon/Pear white tea by Octavia. I make a hot tea concentrate, let it cool a bit, and then pour it over a carafe of ice and top it off with water. I may sweeten it to taste with stevia liquid.
Kombucha: Kombucha offers us a diverse spectrum of microbes or probiotics. We now know that the gut microbiome health is related to immunity, mood, weight loss & digestion. See my previous blog here for a more in depth read about Kombucha, and how to make it.
Iced Herbal Teas: Most high quality, loose leaf herbal teas offer no caffeine, and are high in antioxidants and many other medical properties. Basically any herbal tea can be made iced following directions above. Add lemon or lime for an extra boost, as well as garden herbs like mint, sage, lavender, rosemary and lemon thyme.
Iced Green Tea or Oolong Tea: Green tea comes from dried, unfermented tea leaves (C. Sinesis), and Oolong tea leaves are partially fermented. My tummy and I personally prefer the Oolong tea leaves. Both offer a nice dose of flavonoids such as catechins & polyphenols, that act as antioxidants in the body and are thought to support cardiovascular and immune health, among other things. The unfermented Green tea is purported to increase metabolism and weight loss. Prepare as above.
Butter Coffee: Yes, popularized by the Bulletproof Exec, butter coffee tastes great iced! Choose a fair-trade, shade grown homozygous variety and prepare as normal with no salt, grass-fed butter and MCT oil. Cool, sweeten with stevia, and pour over ice. Consumers of butter coffee observe increased mental & physical energy, better cognitive function, and less cravings. Watch this You Tube video to learn how to prepare butter coffee, Bulletproof style.
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