Zero Calorie Fixes That Satisfy
Normally, when I have a food craving a specific flavor comes along with it – like vanilla, chocolate, and caramel.
Why not satisfy that flavor craving with something that is naturally calorie-free? You’ll be amazed how your mind subconsciously responds and receives the desired satisfaction.
Sipping flavored teas are one of my favorite ways to feel full and enjoy a zero-calorie drink that isn’t full of artificial colors, sodium, or artificial sweeteners. On the contrary, these teas are flavored with natural spices and herbs, and have healing properties because they are anti-oxidant rich. Here are my favorite picks:
Homemade Rooibos Iced Tea
Homemade iced tea is perfect for quenching your thirst on a sweltering summer day. So make it ahead and keep a big pitcher in your fridge to sip as the mercury rises.
Red bush – or Rooibos in Afrikaans – tea comes from the leaves of a bush that grows in southern Africa and like many teas has valuable antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin.
Red bush also contains soothing compounds that work as an antispazmodic; people who have chronic stomach problems and cramps swear by it.
According to Wikipedia, “Rooibos is grown only in a small area in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape province. Generally, the leaves are oxidised, a process often, and inaccurately, referred to as fermentation by analogy with tea-processing terminology. This process produces the distinctive reddish-brown colour of rooibos and enhances the flavour.”
“Unoxidised “green” rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green rooibos (similar to the method by which green tea is produced) makes it more expensive than traditional rooibos. It carries a malty flavour somewhat different from its red counterpart.”
red bush tea recipes
I like rooibos because it’s caffeine-free, yet has a rich, well rounded flavor so I can drink it in the evening and throughout the day while I’m working away.
It’s tasty straight without sweetener but you can choose how much sugar to add. Here’s my recipe for rooibos iced tea »