With so much traveling recently, it’s been hard to meet up with friends It’s 100% percent my fault, but that means I need to make even more of the effort to hang out. Since I also really want to be home whenever I can, I’m all about inviting friends over to our place to hang out. Dinner can be difficult to coordinate with busy summer schedules. Instead I recently invited a friend over in the afternoon for a healthy iced tea and snacks situation. I’ve been on an iced tea kick lately and it’s SO easy to make; It was rather a no-brainer. Mix in my new favorite snacks from Trader Joe’s, some wonderful conversation, and we had a great time…
Healthy Iced Tea
My mom and I love a restaurant in northern California that sells all kinds of tea. Looking for lower caffeinated teas and in an attempt to consume more turmeric (it’s supposed to be amazing for you – great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant), I tried the iced ginger turmeric tea last year. I completely fell in love. It’s surprisingly flavorful without being overwhelming like you’d expect. Even my mom and husband, who were both very skeptical of my choice, discovered they liked it as well. You can find organic turmeric ginger tea bags at Trader Joe’s for about $3, which is by far and away the least expensive I’ve found them!
For my intimate girls get together, I made a pitcher (I love these glass carafes) of the turmeric ginger herbal tea as well as a jasmine green tea, and a mango black tea. I added homemade simple syrup (which takes basically no time) and then fresh mint, berries, and lime slices for some fun flavor infusions. I love fresh mint, but I LOVE fresh mint in my iced tea even more. It adds a subtle flavor that brings it all together.
New Favorite Trader Joe’s Snacks
In a quest for some snacks to go with my healthy iced tea drinks, I went to Trader Joe’s. I figured I’d pick up my usual favorites. Instead, I found three new things (some just to me) that are so amazing, I wanted to hoard them for myself. Luckily I managed some self control and waited until my friend arrived!
Topping the list of these new TJ’s snacks is the package of dried pears. Dried pears can be an undependable sort, but these are slightly moist and full of flavor. They don’t have any sugar or preservatives added which makes them even more amazing!!! Next up are the chocolate-covered dried fruits (the colorful things). These are far from healthy but everything I love, so you’ll want to try these soon! And then the brioche toasts, which I’ve seen for a while, but finally decided to try. I think I had dreams of serving them with something on top. That didn’t happen (I told you things were a little busy around here). As it turned out with the dried pears, chocolate fruits, and iced tea with accoutrements, they were perfect on their own! Maybe next time I’ll have enough time for one of my favorite entertaining recipes, but if not, it’ll be ok!
HEALTHY ICED TEA RECIPES
Enjoy refreshing healthy homemade iced teas this summer at family dinners and when you're entertaining. A black, green, and herbal iced tea provide great options in addition to homemade simple syrup, fresh mint, and fresh fruit.
- 3 tea bags per variety
- 4 cups boiling water per pitcher of tea
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
Simple syrup is traditionally a 1:1 ratio between water and sugar. I often like to make it less sweet, so I use a lower sugar to water ratio.
- fresh mint sprigs
- sliced peaches
- fresh rosemary
- Add boiling water to tea bags in large pitcher.
- Check tea bags for steeping time. For black tea, steep 3-4 minutes. For green tea, steep 4-6 minutes. For herbal tea, steep 5-7 minutes.
- Refrigerate to cool completely before serving.
- Heat water and sugar over high heat, stirring frequently. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved into water.
- Remove from heat. Let cool completely.