An Arnold Palmer (or for those who don't know, it's half tea/half lemonade) is a refreshing summer drink... LOADED WITH SUGAR. So instead of mixing the usual sugary iced tea and lemonade, I knew making it from scratch would be much healthier.
And what could make it even better?
Green Tea! It's packed with antioxidants believed to aid in fighting free radicals, cancer and heart disease. And is also believed to boost your metaboslim. I'd say if you wanted to drink something other than water, green tea is the way to go. Now add lemon, which can help with digestion and you've got a much healthier alternative to your typical arnold palmer.
What you'll need:
- 3-4 large lemons- freshly squeezed
- 5 green tea bags brewed in 10 cups of water
- honey to taste (to keep this lower in sugar I wouldn't use more than a few teaspoons)
Brew your tea and add the honey while it is still hot (I use 4 teaspoons for the ten cups of tea) Once tea is cooled, add to pitcher with lemon juice. Add water to taste (I used between 1-2 cups). Finally, garnish with lemon slices.
Nutritionally speaking, there are about 60 calories in 1 tablespoon of honey and 17 grams of sugar. There are 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon so figure about 6 grams of sugar per teaspoon added.
You can use any sweetener you'd like, but to keep it healthy and natural I went with honey.
Compare this arnold palmer to a store bought tea/lemonade:
Kelly's Arnold Palmer: per serving (I'll get back to you on exactly how many ounces this is but I can usually get 8 big glasses out of my pitcher so I set the calorie counter for 8 servings)-
- 14 calories, 4 g carbs, 3 g sugar
- For the whole pitcher (about 12 C)- 100 cals, 34 g carbs, 23 g sugar
- 100 calories, 25 g carbs and 26 g sugar
- 190 calories, 46 gs carbs, 45 g sugar
You get the picture.
Make this at home with fresh squeezed lemons, green tea, and a little bit of sugar and you've got a much healthier drink to sip on. CHEERS :)
. . Be happy and healthy,