Wednesday, September 1, 2010

M's Perfectly Brewed Iced Tea

After the lasagna debacle, I decided I'd share something simple, healthy, and delicious. 

Recently, M decided that he was going to give up soda.  I'm sure those of you that know him recognize that this is a very wise decision -- he definitely doesn't need any more sugar.  As for me, I've started counting calories as a weight loss method (in addition to exercise) and I realized how many I was wasting on beverages.  So, we were both motivated to find a healthy, and tasty, low calorie drink that was not as boring as water.  This is what we (mostly M) came up with. 

M's Perfectly Brewed Iced Tea

Serves 8
      • 4 Tea Bags
      • 2 Tsp sugar*
      • 2 Cups Cold Water (for concentrate)
      • 1 1/2 Cups Cold Water (to dilute)
      • 1/2 lemon
      • 2 Cups Ice

  1. Bring 2 cups of cold water to a boil.  
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of sugar and allow to dissolve. 
  3. Remove from heat and steep 4 tea bags for 20 minutes.  
  4. In a pitcher, mix concentrate, the rest of the water and the ice cubes. Stir until ice cubes have melted (at this point, entire mixture should be cold enough to serve.)
  5. Squeeze half a lemon into the pitcher.  
  6. Pour into a glass over ice and garnish with a lemon. 
*Although this iced tea is not completely calorie free it's only 6 calories per serving. 

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