Try this sweet tea swap to cut down on added sugars and calories
Who doesn't like a cold glass of sweet tea during the summer months? Iced tea was one of my favorite childhood drinks. Sweet iced tea however is loaded with sugar and this can lead to significant weight gain over time. Here, I will show you how to make an iced tea that tastes just like the sweet tea you know with zero calories. It's easy to make with only 3 ingredients.
Swerve granular sugar sweetener or Allulose granular sweetener, 1/3-1/2 cup depending on how sweet you like your tea
Water, 8 cups purified
Black tea, 6 tea bags
Optional: Lemon as garnish
Optional: Mint leaves as garnish
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add 6 tea bags (remove the string and paper tag by snapping off with your hands as there is no need to cook this)
Reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes
Remove the tea bags without squeezing
Add 1/3-1/2 cup of sweetener (Swerve or Allulose, depends on how sweet you like your tea) until completely dissolved
Add 4 more cups of cold water (for a total of 8 cups)
Refrigerate for 6 hours
Optional: add lemon slices and/or mint leaves for garnish
What's the bottom line?
Swapping a regular sweet iced tea for a calorie free version can help you cut down on added sugar and in theory lose weight over time. Let's run through and example:
A 16 oz. bottle of sweetened iced has 170 calories per serving (all due to added sugar)
Let's say you drink one iced tea per day that's 170 calories x 7 days per week x 52 weeks per year = 61880 calories per year on a one sweet iced tea per day habit!
Since 3500 calories = 1 pound you would be carrying around an extra 17.6 pounds per year on a 1 sweet iced tea per day habit!
Tea can benefit your health
Black tea contains a group of beneficial chemical compounds called polyphenols (1). Research shows that regular consumption of black tea can help:
Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (1-3)
Reduce bad cholesterol (1,4)
Reduce the risk of diabetes and improve blood sugar metabolism (1,5-7)
Improve gut health (1,8,9)
Reduce stroke risk (1,10)
Also limited research suggests that black tea consumption might have anti-cancer benefits but more studies in humans are needed (1, 11-14). Research also shows that black tea consumption is safe (1,3). So if you consume sweet tea regularly try Smart & Easy sweet tea to cut down on calories, lose weight, and potentially gain the health benefits of black tea consumption. This will also benefit your wallet as you will save money by making your own tea.
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