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Ice, Ice, Baby (and a drop of tea)

Published on 07/07/2016

Ideas to keep fresh (naturally) when the temperature rises outside.

Summer’s here at last and with it your daily dose of vitamin D. But, along with the golden glow comes the sun’s harmful and damaging UV radiation that can leave skin looking dull and dry. Counteracting these effects with refreshing iced tea will allow for the powerful antioxidants - known as polyphenols - to reduce free radical damage and improve overall antioxidant activity. So, while it’s important to keep the sunscreen handy and the SPF high, keeping iced, herb or plant infusions in the fridge can provide a great second line of defense.

A wake-up call for your body

Tea revs up your metabolism, can help you to get bikini ready. At the University of Maryland, researchers found that drinking 3-5 cups of green tea a day inhibits the body’s glucose absorption into fat cells and works to stabilize glucose levels, reducing appetite, helps prevent dramatic insulin spikes.

Get ready for your workout

Sipping tea will keep you hydrated when the temperature rises - the body needs it most to give workouts an extra boost! With summer weather providing a perfect reason to get outside, supplementing your chosen form of exercise with iced herbal tea can increase muscle strength, reducing the risk of injury.

Try homemade recipes

At home, try making Iced Lime Tea with borage flower ice cubes. The day/night before, drop borage flowers into ice cube trays, fill with water and freeze. Put the teabags or leaves into a pot with several lime slices and pour over boiling water. Give the lime slices a good squash with a spoon and leave to infuse for 2 minutes. Sweeten to taste, with honey. Pour the tea into a glass jug and add the remaining limes slices. Chill. To serve, pour into tall glasses filled with ice cubes, and decorate with sliced lime and fresh mint.

Sparkling ideas

And here’s a chic tip – mix any tea (saved, and chilled, from breakfast) with sparkling water (Badoit, Chateldon or San Pellegrino for example) to make a refreshing infusion. Add fresh mint, crushed ginger, parsley, sage rosemary and thyme, chill, and you’re on the way to Strawberry Fair with Paul Simon! Santé !

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