I love coffee. I used to drink multiple cups per day. Lately, though, my stomach has been rebelling against this practice, so I’ve turned to tea to fill my warm beverage needs. Alex and Sophia also like tea, warm or chilled with sugar. I typically purchase loose or bagged teas, but lately I’ve been experimenting with making my own. Today’s recipe is a result of some of that experimenting.
The reason I started making my own is so I could try some custom blends that include key nutrients I wanted to get into my diet. My first custom blend included Ginger and Turmeric. This combination is great for reducing inflammation. My shoulder bursitis was the target and I’ll say that my consumption of ibuprofen has been greatly reduced since I started having this tea on a regular basis.
My second custom blend is the one I’m sharing today. This one includes carrots, which with their beta-carotene content are perfect for eye health (among other benefits). I’ve been trying to increase my carrot intake and thought this would be one way to get some of the nutrients. Plus, the kids like this one when a little sugar or honey is added for sweetness; so they get some extra eye boosting power, too!
Even with the teas my kids are less likely to drink (like the ginger and turmeric), they enjoy making them with or for me. This recipe is more fun because it involves more than just heating water and throwing in a tea bag. It’s mostly counting whole spices and grating others, but even younger kids can help with the prep. After it’s brewed, it can also be chilled and served cold, which will be nice and refreshing once the warm summer returns.
Do you have any tea or other beverage recipes that you like to make with the kids? Sophia, Alex and I love trying new ways to hydrate, so please let us know in the comments!
Happy Tea Making Everyone!