Rooibos is a caffeine-free herbal tea native to South Africa. Antioxidant-rich rooibos and blueberries make this a refreshing and healthy beverage for summer sipping. Plus with only 1 tsp (5 mL) of sugar per cup, it is a lower calorie choice than bottled iced tea, which averages about 5 tsp (25 mL) per cup.
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: July 2009
- 4 bags rooibos tea
- 2 cups fresh or thawed wild blueberries
- 2 cups fresh or thawed cultivated blueberries
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- lemon wedges
MethodIn large heatproof measure or bowl, steep tea in 8 cups (2 L) boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard bags.
Meanwhile, in large saucepan, bring blueberries and 1 cup (250 mL) water to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until blueberries break down, about 5 minutes. Add to tea.
Add brown sugar; let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
Strain through cheesecloth-lined sieve into pitcher, pressing solids gently so beverage stays clear. Stir in lemon juice. Serve over ice cubes. Garnish with lemon wedges.
Nutritional facts Per serving: about
- Sodium 7 mg
- Protein trace
- Calories 47.0
- Total fat trace
- Potassium 79 mg
- Cholesterol 0 mg
- Saturated fat 0 g
- Total carbohydrate 12 g
- Iron 3.0
- Folate 1.0
- Calcium 1.0
- Vitamin C 7.0