As a parent, I am always on the lookout for healthy alternatives for my family. We generally eat healthy meals, eating baked or grilled foods instead of fried, or steamed veggies instead of processed pasta or potatoes. When it comes to drinks, we try to keep plenty of water and sports drinks instead of sodas and other sugary drinks. We snack on fresh fruits and veggies, and we keep granola bars in the pantry instead of chips.
Even with all that healthy eating, I still have a confession to make… I LOVE sweet tea! Probably more than I should. I used to make a gallon of tea and put two cups of sugar in! All that sugar is really bad for the body, so over the last year, I have worked super hard to get away from drinking so much of it. These days I rarely make sweet tea, but some days I really miss it. Every once in a while, I will make a cup of hot green tea sweetened with stevia, but it just isn’t the same.
A few days ago, I went with a friend to our beginning of the year homeschool meeting, and she had a water bottle filled with green tea. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before! I can make some iced green tea and sweeten it with stevia just like I do when I make it hot! So I asked her how she made it, and she actually only made just enough for her one bottle full. I wanted to make it by the gallon because I had a feeling the rest of my family would love it just as much as me. When I got home, I got busy experimenting, and I have perfected my recipe to just how we like it. Hopefully you will like it too!
What you will need:
5-6 green tea bags
1 gallon size pitcher
Bring a pot of water to a boil and remove from heat. Add tea bags to the water and allow to steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. While the tea bags are steeping, add desired amount of Stevia to your pitcher and stir into a small amount of water until dissolved. Add ice to this mixture. After steeping the tea bags, remove them from the water and pour tea blend into the pitcher. Add water to fill pitcher, and stir. Enjoy!
The amount of stevia you use is a personal preference. It also depends on the brand of stevia that you use, as they aren’t all created equal. The brand that I used measures cup for cup like sugar, so I used a cup. Other brands don’t have fillers, so it will take less of it to get the same amount of sweetness. You will have to tweak it to make it like you want.