One of the biggest health mistakes most people make is simply what they choose to drink. Soda, juice, sweetened teas, ‘fruit’ beverages and the list could go on. Everywhere I go I see people chugging down large bottles of brightly colored liquid. Everyone from small children to old folks alike. Sadly, these drinks are in no way healthy (or tasty) and are quite damaging to human health. Too many people are drinking the wrong kind of ‘Kool-Aid’ so to speak.
I think a little education is in order when it comes to what we choose for refreshments in America, don’t you? I covered many of the cons of these kinds of beverages awhile back in this post; ‘How To Ditch Processed Foods: Replacing Soda, Juice, and Other Sugary Beverages‘. In case you were not already aware, I am a Nutritional Therapist. Getting my clients to switch to healthy beverages is usually one of the first steps I take. It truly is amazing how much better you can feel with just this one simple switch in your diet.
Since I am so passionate about helping people choose healthy beverages I tend to share a lot of beverage recipes on my site. Stick around and subscribe to my feed so you don’t miss any of them. Today, I’m sharing my DIY recipe for Healthy Herbal ‘Kool-Aid‘. I’ve served this to numerous people, even those who drink the fluorescent bottled liquids of every size and color. The consensus has been overwhelmingly positive.
The weather is warming up quite a bit in my neck of the woods which calls for a refreshing beverage. In case you hadn’t noticed, I LOVE herbal teas. My family drinks A LOT of herbal tea and even more so when the weather warms up. One of my favorite herbal tea blends is what I like to call Herbal ‘Kool-Aid’ your very own DIY Kool-Aid. It’s super simple to whip up, very affordable and loaded with nutrition. Unlike, actual KoolAid or other such beverages that have been popular since I was a kid.
Why would anyone want to drink Kool-Aid? Just one look at the ingredients list makes me want to run screaming, take a look:
Kool-Aid Drink Mix. Tropical Punch 1.62 oz. Ingredients: Water, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Gum Arabic, Sucralose (Sweetener), Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium (Sweetener), Potassium Citrate, Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin, Red 40, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives).
Wouldn’t you rather drink something that actually benefits your body?
- ½ cup dried nettle leaf
- ¼ cup dried hibiscus
- ¼ cup dried spearmint
- 2 teaspoons dried stevia leaf
- 2 quarts water
- Pour boiling water over the herbs in a large 2-quart mason jar, at least 4 cups.
- Stir well and place lid tightly on the jar. Let steep 30 minutes up to 2 hours.
- Strain and add enough water to make 2 quarts.
On warm or hot days we go through a gallon or more of this between the 5 of us! I buy all my herbs for this recipe in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. I absolutely love their quality and love supporting such an excellent company! The upfront investment for this tea blend could seem costly at first. Especially if you buy larger bags of each herb, but it will last a long time and make gallons upon gallons of tea. 1 gallon of tea costs me about $1.20 or so. That is far cheaper than a gallon of fruit punch from the store and even cheaper than soda. I hope you will try it out sometime.
For those of you who may not be DIYers – I’ve got good news. My friend Lori has an Etsy shop with the MOST amazing tea blend, called Dragon Juice!
Dragon Juice – Okay, I simply cannot swoon enough about this tea blend! It truly is to-die-for-good! Seriously, everyone should, at least, try it once in their life before they die! I shared this tea with countless people – people who were soda drinkers mind you – and they all LOVED it! And, believe me, I really tried to replicate this blend at home but came nowhere close to its awesomeness. Lori created dragon juice as a natural and healthy alternative to kool-aid or juice for my kids. I specifically made dragon juice to have a natural bright red color, a lively citrusy taste and of course, to be chock full of nutritive value! It turned out awesome! As these are all tonic herbs, that means they are great for everyday use. It is deliciously tasty hot or cold. All of my kids LOVED this tea! They literally got excited about it and when I ran out they begged me to get more. They still talk about it even when I’m out of it. It will definitely be a regular purchase for us!
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Did you grow up on Kool-Aid like I did?
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