Super healthy and fresh strawberry nettle iced tea! Naturally sweetened with strawberries, this nettle iced tea is full of vitamins and nutrients and tastes fantastic!
Yep yep. You read that right. Fruity iced tea made with STINGING NETTLES! EGADS! Don't be scared my friends. This tea is like a friggin miracle worker. And tastes just like strawberry juice. Also, I promise no stinging tongues mmmmmkay?
Now in my 27th week of pregnancy, I've still got a ways to go before I can regularly eat sugar and processed carbs again. If you've been following along, you know that I am following a low glycemic index diet in the second half of my pregnancy. It's my attempt at avoiding gestational diabetetes, cause, you know, that would really blow.
The sun has been shining around these parts, and I've been REALLY craving some awesome summertime drinks. Pina colada. A beersicle. Um..... some sangria would make me one happy lady! I have to get creative this year though, as sugar is a big fatty no-no for me right now (and, ahem, alcohol). Enter, the amazing strawberry.
Strawberries TOTALLY sweeten this tea! Without any added sugar! It seriously tastes just like strawberry juice. Not too sweet, not too tart, just...... really really delicious.
So, I'm no doc, but I know that drinking nettle leaf tea in pregnancy can be pretty controversial. It's one of those things that people either warn you about, or urge you to make a regular part of your diet. For me, the pros of nettle tea outweigh the cons during pregnancy. If you'd like to read a few of the benefits and warnings, Livestrong's got ya covered.
I am mainly drinking it for it's positive effect on glucose levels, and natural anti-histamine abilities. WORK IT NETTLES!
- 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 6 cups water
- 2 Tbsp dried nettle leaf
Combine the strawberry slices, vanilla, and the water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the dried nettle leaf. Let steep for 10 minutes.
Strain through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve.
Let cool, then refrigerate until cold. Serve with ice.
Alright, how many of you drink nettle tea? I'd love to hear some other ways to enjoy nettle leaf in my pregnancy! Or maybe some other great warm weather, healthy drinks!
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