WArm weather, sunshine, and a big pitcher of iced tea are three non-negotiable things we need to start a great summer picnic. While the temperature and cloud coverage will (unfortunately) continue to be out of our control, we can definitely say we’ll be responsible for bringing you the perfect cooler drinks to sip poolside. These iced tea recipes will not only help keep you hydrated on a hot, sunny day, but they’re also a powerful way to keep your bones strong as you age.
Yes, you heard it right: Milk isn’t the only one that can control the display of goodness to your bones here. Research shows that drinking one cup of tea (such as oolong, black, and green) a day is related to keeping your bones — and nearly every other body system — healthy and strong.
“The main bone benefits of drinking tea are due to powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, catechins, and flavonoids,” says Su Xiaoyu, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, clinical dietitian and registered dietitian at Hospital for Special Surgery. He said okay + good. “The powerful polyphenols found in tea have been shown to help increase bone mineralization, delay reduction in bone mineral density, and increase vitamin D levels in the body.” Yu also says that the catechins in the tea help protect the body’s bone-building cells, while the flavonoids have estrogen-like properties that can help prevent bone loss.
Sold? We’re spilling all the tea with these five super-hydrating, bone-boosting summer drinks that’s great for your entire body.
5 hydrating iced tea recipes that are great for bone health
1. Roasted peaches and Arnold Palmer basil
If you’re the kid who spent way too long at the soda fountain making your own sweet summer stew, this Roasted Peaches and Basil Recipe by Arnold Palmer from Half Baked Harvest is for you. It calls for quite a few ingredients, including black tea, lemon juice, and caramelized peaches that come together to form a fruity beverage that’s perfect for sipping on a load of ice on a hot day. BTW, Arnold Palmer is naturally sweetened with a soothing blend of honey and the sweetness of roasted peaches, leaving it free of any refined sugars.
Get the recipe: Roasted Peaches and Arnold Palmer Basil
2. Oolong Peach Iced Tea
If you’re starting to pick the peach tea trend here, you’re 100 percent right. With peach season in full swing from May through late September, we figured we should make the most of this sweet stone fruit as much as possible. for example? This delicious recipe for Oolong Peach Iced Tea is from Guess Botanicals. Made with just four ingredients, whipping up a batch of this truly refreshing iced tea couldn’t be easier. Yes, it is a lot like a peach cobbler in a cup.
Get the recipe: Oolong Peach Iced Tea
3. Iced tea with lemon, ginger and jasmine
This Anti-Inflammatory Lemon, Ginger, and Jasmine Iced Tea recipe from Minimalist Baker features lime, spicy ginger, and calming green jasmine tea for a bright, invigorating beverage made for poolside. Aside from its bone-strengthening potential, green tea is also an antioxidant-rich beverage that helps reduce cardiovascular issues and is packed with L-theanine that can help boost your mood. I sold.
Get the recipe: Iced Tea with Lemon, Ginger, and Jasmine
4. Blackberry iced tea
Between vibrant purple and delicious fruit, this blackberry iced tea recipe from Cooking For My Soul is one you’ll want to repeat all summer long. The easy drink features English Breakfast Tea, aka a blend of black tea, lemon, and mint for a refreshing drink to wash down skewers of grilled vegetables, chips, and the rest of the summertime barbecue feast that shows up this time around. general.
Get the recipe: Blackberry Iced Tea
5. Strawberry Milk Matcha Latte
If a creamy latte has always been for you, then Half Baked Harvest’s Strawberry Matcha Latte will do the trick. It combines two of our favorite ingredients into one hydrating and energizing drink: matcha and strawberry. To make this drink better than a standard matcha latte, it calls for strawberry jam-infused milk swirled with bright green matcha for a stunning (and delicious) drink. It is absolutely necessary to take pictures.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Milk Matcha Latte
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