Hot Lemon Tea

hot teaThis is a simple recipe for a hot tea that will keep you warm this winter!

Ingredients:

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Splenda (or other sweetener)
  • Cinnamon stick, if desired

Directions:
Steep tea bag in boiling hot water for 4-5 minutes. Discard tea bag. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract. Slowly stir in Splenda, adjusting to your liking. Garnish with cinnamon stick if desired.

Recipe makes one serving.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 26 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 6 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 1 g Fiber, 2 g Sugar, 0 g Protein.

Recipe inspired by http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/10-warm-drinks-wont-pack-pounds/slide/10.

Honeydew and Watermelon Iced Tea

Green TeaIngredients:

  • 8 bags green tea or hibiscus tea
  • 1 cup 1-inch pieces watermelon
  • 1 cup thinly sliced honeydew melon

Directions:

  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Let steep, stirring twice, for 4 minutes. Discard the tea bags and let the tea cool.
  2. Stir the watermelon, honeydew and 4 cups cold water into the iced tea concentrate. Serve over ice.

Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 15 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 5 mg Sodium, 3.5 g Carbohydrate, 0.3 g Fiber, 2.9 g Sugar, 0 g Protein.

Recipe from www.womansday.com.

Recipe: Melon & Apple Granita

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cubed ripe melon
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine melon, apple juice and lime juice in a blender; puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch glass or metal pan.
  2. Place the pan on a level surface in your freezer. Freeze, stirring and scraping with a fork every 30 minutes, moving the frozen edges in toward the slushy center and crushing any lumps, until the granita is firm but not frozen solid, 3 – 4 hours.
  3. Remove from freezer; use a metal spatula or large spoon to break up the frozen ice into small slivers. Pack into an airtight plastic container and freeze for at least 1 hour more.
  4. Remove from the freezer about 20 minutes before serving to soften slightly. Use a wide spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the granita into shallow bowls. Sprinkle blueberries and raspberries over each portion and garnish with mint leaves, if desired.

Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 66 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 17 g Carbohydrates, 0 g Added Sugars, 1 g Protein, 2 g Fiber, 17 mg Sodium.

Recipe from www.eatingwell.com.

Recipe: Holiday Spiced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups water, divided
  • 6 tea bags
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 1/4 cups SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions:

    1. Bring 8 cups water to a boil. Pour over tea bags into large heat resistant bowls; cover and steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing gently. Stir in SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, orange juice and lemon juice.
    2. Combine 4 cups water, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into tea mixture, discarding spices.
    3. Pour into mugs and serve tea hot with lemon and orange slices, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks.

Recipe makes 16 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 30 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 5 mg Sodium, 8 g Carbohydrate, 7 g Sugars, 1 g Dietary Fiber, 0 g Protein.

Recipe from www.splenda.tastebook.com.