We have just started a new year, which means that a lot of people have made New Year’s resolutions to become healthier. Although I usually eat nutritious foods and limit sugar intake, I’m always looking for ways to improve my diet. This year, I’m going to try and replace diet sodas with juice, water and tea. However, sometimes it’s nice to have a fizzy drink. That’s when I started experimenting with turning tea into soda.
This Sparkling Green Tea is fizzy, fresh, and full of natural ingredients.
See you later aspartame.
In this Sparkling Green Tea, I used FitTea. It’s a delicious blend of green tea, oolong tea, rooibos, ginger, pomegranate, guarana, birch, stevia, corn, and honey powder. It is said to boost your energy and metabolism, help with digestion, and aid in fat-loss.
The energy boost likely comes from guarana, which is derived from the seed of a South American tree. It has one of the highest concentrations of caffeine in plants, so it’s common in energy supplements. It’s great for early mornings or before workouts.
I am a big fan of any teas that include green tea. Green tea is rich in catechins, which are antioxidants that can help fight cell damage. There have even been recent studies that suggest that catechins can help reduce body fat, so there may be some truth in FitTea‘s tagline: “Give us a few weeks and we’ll give you a new waistline.”
With lots of antioxidants, this tea is great for supporting your immune system.
And after that horrible cold I had at the end of last year, I could use all the help I can get.
If you prefer sweet tea, you can add a little honey or agave to the hot tea. Once the honey has dissolved, chill the tea in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. I like to keep a pitcher full of tea in the fridge so I always have cold tea on hand. Then, it’s just to add a splash of carbonated water and enjoy!
- 2 tea bags of green tea (I used FitTea)
- 2 cups flat water
- 2 cups sparkling water
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- ½ tsp lemon juice (optional)
- 4 lemon slices, for garnish
- Bring the flat water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once at a boil, remove from heat and add the tea.
- Steep for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags. Stir in the honey, if desired. Allow the tea to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- When ready to serve, pour the cold tea over ice and add the sparkling water. Add a squeeze of lemon juice (optional) and garnish with a lemon slice.
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