Monday, May 12, 2008

“Spring Awakening” Stay Hydrated During June’s National Iced Tea Month

As the weather warms up, local parks and cafés swell with those looking to enjoy the sun and fresh air.

During this “Spring Awakening,” it is common to add more outdoor activities to the daily routine. While some relaxing activities may include a picnic with friends or family, for the athletically inclined it’s also a good time to begin a walking or running routine or to participate in outdoor sports.

While enjoying the sun and working up a sweat, be sure to have some “tea on ice” ready and waiting for your next “beverage” break.

Iced Tea is a refreshing beverage that will keep you hydrated as well as provide you with numerous health benefits like reducing the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
In addition, June is “National Iced Tea Month,” and the perfect time to add this delicious drink to your repertoire. Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world (after water), and it contains zero sodium, fat, carbonation or sugar, and many consider it a refreshing alternative to sodas and sports drinks.
While engaging in your next beach volleyball or softball game or even just a walk in the park, quench your thirst and stay hydrated with a glass of tea.

Traditional Iced Tea Steeping Method
15 teabags will make one gallon of iced tea
1. Place teabags into a clean, gallon-size container.
2. Bring two quart of water to full boil, pour over teabags and steep for 3-5 minutes.
3. Remove teabags and add two additional quarts of fresh, cold tap water to fill gallon container. Refrigerate promptly.
4. Pour tea into a tall glass filled with ice and serve.
Optional: Garnish with lemon or mint as desired.
Note: Fresh brewed tea should be consumed within 24 hours

Tea Tip: Store tea bags in a dark, cool and dry place away from strong odors and moisture. Do not refrigerate.

For a day at the park or beach bring the cooler and take a few moments to enjoy your first rays of sun for the season and don’t forget to have a refreshing pitcher of iced tea on-hand.

Happy National Iced Tea Month!! For more on tea and health, please visit

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