Did you think Matcha green tea was the healthiest beverage in the universe. Me too. Science told us so! But now, science has come to the conclusion that there's an even higher superpower, antioxidant powerhouse of a beverage. It's still tea. You're shocked I know, me too. If you like tea you'll love this recipe, and if you hate tea...you'll love this recipe. What is this magical tea? It's hibiscus!

Beautiful and nutritious! When I first learned this valuable information, I thought, "Hibiscus tea?! Great...I'll never find that anywhere except Jamaica or Hawaii..." Um, I was wrong. You've seen the Celestial Seasonings "Zinger" teas, yes? Well that my friend is hibiscus tea. Yep, right there in your very own, local grocery store you have the items necessary to make the most antioxidant rich beverage.

In this recipe, the hibiscus tea is cold brewed with lemon and some erythritol (or if you're feeling naughty, sugar) and it really does taste like a mild fruit punch. The lemon adds a zesty tang but also helps make those antioxidants from the tea more bioavailable. The erythritol of course sweetens it up but also adds it's own antioxidants! I like to add a few drops of coconut extract just for extra tropical fun! This is a delicious, cold drink that's great to sip on throughout the summer. Also, check out how hibiscus tea affects the antioxidant levels in the bloodstream. See how much you're learning?

Also, see a couple photos from our trip to beautiful Denali, Alaska after the recipe. drink

Produce On Parade - Hibiscus Fruit Punch, An Antioxidant Powerhouse

Hibiscus Fruit Punch

Slightly adapted from Michael Greger M.D.

Makes 8 cups

  • 8 cups of cold water
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 Tbsp. erythritol
  • a few drops of coconut or banana extract
  • 4 tea bags of Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger Tea (or your favorite hibiscus tea) or 2 Tbsp. dried hibiscus

In a large pitcher, stir the lemon juice, erythritol, and extract into the 8 cups of water.

Produce On Parade - Hibiscus Fruit Punch, An Antioxidant Powerhouse Produce On Parade - Hibiscus Fruit Punch, An Antioxidant Powerhouse

Submerge the tea bags and cover. Allow to steep overnight and then sip all throughout the next day to keep your body fighting off those darn free radicals!

Hibiscus Fruit Punch - An Antioxidant Powerhouse
Recipe Type: Beverage
Author: Katie - Produce On Parade
Serves: 8
This hibiscus tea is cold brewed with lemon and some erythritol or if you're feeling naughty, sugar and it really does taste like a mild fruit punch. The lemon adds a zesty tang but also helps make those antioxidants more bioavailable and the erythritol of course sweetens it up but also adds it's own antioxidants!
Ingredients
  • 8 cups of cold water
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 Tbsp. erythritol
  • a few drops of coconut or banana extract
  • 4 tea bags of any hibiscus tea or 2 Tbsp. dried hibiscus
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, stir lemon juice, erythritol, and extract in the 8 cups of water.
  2. Submerge the tea bags and cover.
  3. Allow to steep overnight and then sip all throughout the next day to keep your body fighting off those darn free radicals!

Todd and Bailey and I went up to Denali last weekend! We had a great trip! We went rafting down the Nenana River and hiked up a mountain to snap this gorgeous view. Have you been to Alaska?

Produce On Parade - Denali, Alaska

Produce On ParadeBob and his strange, strange tongue...and his Mini-Me, Nala!