Weight Loss Tip of the Day- Get an Iced Tea Maker

One of the easiest ways to lose weight without trying is to cut back on the calorie beverages (fruit juice, fruit drinks, soda, etc..) and replace with water.  However, plain water isn't everyone's favorite drink and it can get boring after awhile, for some.  Especially if you are like me and tend to drink a lot of fluids throughout the day. 

Some may turn to drinks like Crystal Light or other powdered, low-calorie drinks, but consuming too much artificial sweeteners are believed to cause stomach aches (and after all are made from artificial chemicals, not something you want to consume in large quantities).  And then there is taste, and some would say the taste of diet drinks isn't very good as it can often leave a bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

So my Product Highlight of the day is Mr. Coffee's Iced Tea Makers. I love this kitchen gadget and I use it almost everyday!  it is easy to use, even easier to clean, and makes any kind of iced tea you can dream up.  And the best part is you get a refreshing, summertime drink with ZERO calories.

I like to use flavored herbal teas to make my tea.  The directions say to use 7 to 10 tea bags per 2 qt, but I make mine a little stronger at 12 bags.  You can mix and match different flavored teas that go well together, too.  My personal favorite is a Pomegranate Raspberry tea.  I like Bigelow Brand, but feel free to use any brand you like.  Bigelow has great flavors such as Perfect Peach, Taste of the Tropics, Berri-Good and much more…  Here are some recipes I came up with:

Pomegranate Raspberry Iced Tea:
6 bags Pomegranate Pizazz Tea + 6 bags of Red Raspberry Tea

Minty Green Iced Tea:
8 bags of Green Tea + 4 bags of Mint Medley

Tasty Tangerine Iced Tea:  (My other favorite)
12 bags of Bigelow Tasty Tangerine tea

Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea:
8 bags of I Love Lemon tea + 4 bags of Blueberry Harvest tea

Mango Iced Tea: (another favorite)
7 bags of Mango tea + 7 bags of decaffeinated black tea

NOTE:  These recipes are for an Iced Tea Maker.  If you don't have one, you can brew with 1 qt of water and add 1 qt of ice.

The possibilities are endless.  These teas are refreshing in a tall, icy glass on a hot summer day.  There is all the flavor and none of the calories or artificial sweeteners.

If you are the type who typically prefers your tea sweetened, you can add a little sugar to taste, but I don't recommend it.  Try to enjoy the true flavors of the tea instead of having some tea with your sugar.  When I was younger, I didn't like my tea "straight" either, but I acquired a taste for it and now I much prefer it.  You can change your taste buds if you try :)

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