Time for tea
Drink more water.
The simplest health tip, yet for me personally the hardest one to adhere to. Eat more vegetables = easy, eat oily fish a few times a week = easy, get to bed earlier = easy. Why is drinking water so hard, even for someone who likes water? Especially when living in the UK we are damned lucky to be have access to fresh, clean water at the turn of a tap. I’ve tried the jug of water on my desk tip, that sometimes works. But perhaps I need to find a way to like it even more that doesn’t involve slipping back to my very old habit of litres of aspartame-laden sugar free squash?
And I think I have.
I’ve really been enjoying iced tea recently. This recipe is really versatile, simple, and works with most flavoured teas. Though personally I think it look particularly beautiful with a tea that dyes the water a hint of pink. Today I’m using raspberry leaf. Hibiscus would be another good choice.
Since raspberry pairs well with mint, and orange I assumed that the leaf would too. The blend of tea I bought actually contains hibiscus, nettle and rosehip too. It doesn’t have an overwhelming strong flavour when brewed like this, but does make water more interesting! Plus when you’ve drunk your glass of liquid you get to eat the raspberries too, the perfect encouragement to get drinking!
Incidentally, you may have heard of raspberry leaf tea and its association with drinking during pregnancy to help tone the uterus. There are as many articles praising this as there are dismissing it, so as always I’ll keep this blog to where my knowledge and training lies and stick to the recipes. I’ll leave it up to you whether its something you want to research further. I’ve also read about it helping with menstrual cramps which is what recently brought the tea to my attention and into my shopping basket, but then also read some contrary research about its relationship with estrogen too. There is a huge difference between the odd cup of tea and taking something in medicinal doses, but I would always suggest seeking out professional research and advice if you are concerned; particularly with regards to early pregnancy.
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- 3 teabags of rasperry leaf tea or other berry/red tea
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 100g raspberries
- handful mint
- ice cubes to serve
- honey (optional, I don’t need it)
- Add 3 teabags of tea to 250mls of boiled water, stir and leave brew for 30 minutes. Remove bags and transfer to fridge to cool.
- When fully cooled add the infusion to a jug along with the oranges, raspberries and mint. Leave for at least 10 minutes (it tastes better with a longer fruit infusion!) to infuse before adding ice cubes to serve.
- If you need it sweeter add a touch of honey, I personally don’t think it needs it.
Have you got any tips on how to drink more water? Or what about iced tea recipes? This ginger and lemongrass iced tea looks like another great one to try!