Have you ever had blackberry iced tea? I love all kinds of tea, but this one is definitely one of my favorites! I am excited to share with you!
Refreshing, Low-Calorie Blackberry Iced Tea
Spring will soon arrive, which means Summer will be arriving before long! Or, maybe it’s just that I am tired of the grey skies and cold days and I am just sitting here dreaming of summertime. And because I am so desperate for Summer these days, I feel like anytime is the perfect time to get started on your sweet tea drinking. If you want to add a new, fruity version of sweet tea to your repertoire, check out our favorite tea recipe!
Do you want to cool down with a refreshing, low-calorie summertime drink?
HOW TO MAKE REFRESHING BLACKBERRY ICED TEA
We live on about an acre of land and every year in late summer we end up with an overabundance of blackberries on our property. I have a love/hate relationship with these blackberries as I hate those thorns and wow do they like to grow, however, they are so yummy! They actually act as the border for one side of our property. We trim them back often, but during mid-summer right when they are blooming they look beautiful with all of the white flowers. Anyway….back to the overabundance topic. I am always looking for ways to use them up.
My kids and I go out and pick them in the mornings before it gets too hot during the summer days. We eat lots of them of course, but we also freeze lots of them for later use in smoothies and milkshakes as well, but right when we pull them off the vines we make our family-famous blackberry iced tea! Here is what I do to make this delicious and refreshing beverage:
When I made these, I used Tall Glass Beer Steins, but I have since switched to this awesome Mason Jar Set! It is so cute for serving tea to guests! There is just something about Iced Tea in a mason jar that makes me smile and think about my time visiting family in the South. 🙂 We have this tea on hand often during the Summer months, but I ALWAYS serve either this or this Strawberry Iced Tea during our Summertime BBQs and it’s always a hit!
We just had a new home put on our property and I plan on having lots more summer BBQ’s since I am so excited to show it off. I’m thinking about getting these sweet Beverage Twin Dispenser with Ice Bucket Base for serving this tea.
I also like to enjoy it on the road and when I do, I always use my Hydroflask. (If you haven’t tried Hydroflask yet, you are missing out! Cold drinks for hours and hours and sometimes even days)
For full transparency, I don’t like super sweet drinks, so you may think this needs more sugar. I love this as is though because it’s sweet and fruity and simply tastes like summertime. I am really working on my health and fitness right now too so this is perfect for enjoying a delightful beverage without a bunch of empty calories. I have spent a lot of time in the south though and I know how people love their sweet iced tea. So, feel free to add as much sugar as you wish! It’s all about personal taste! 🙂
Are Blackberries Low Carb?
Blackberries only have 14 grams of carbs per cup, compared to 51 grams for bananas. Strawberries only have 12 grams, while a cup of apples has 15 grams of carbs. If you’re wanting to make your iced tea with less carbs, you can use less blackberries or you can keep the whole fruits out of your drink, but this makes a gallon of tea, so a cup would be less than 1 carb… totally worth it!
Benefits of Blackberries
Did you know blackberries can help you lose weight?
Naturally sweet strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are packed with pectin, a type of soluble fiber that promotes a feeling of fullness. … Other berries including blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are also a fresh and healthy addition to a weight-loss diet plan. — Driscoll’s
Along with weight loss, you will notice your skin looking and feeling better, too!
Berries taste great — and they’re also good for your skin. Packed with antioxidants, berries can protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Raspberries, too, can protect your skin from the sun and skin cancer, thanks to their antioxidants and vitamin C.
One cup of blackberries has 30 milligrams of Vitamin C – that’s half the daily recommended value! Vitamin C has tons of benefits, as I’m sure you know. Vitamin C is important for your connective tissue, blood vessels, wound healing, and absorbing iron. When I was researching my thyroid cancer, I saw many studies that suggest Vitamin C helps reduce the risk of cancer. More studies are needed, but Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant to reduce oxidative stress in the body that can lead to cancer. Not saying it’s going to cure cancer by any means, but as a cancer survivor, I do what I can to avoid ingredients known to help cancer grow, and I load up on those known to help stop cancer growth. (This is why we don’t do soy!)
Blackberries also help keep us regular! If you’re constipated, make some blackberry iced tea or a smoothie with blackberries and apples, and you’ll notice your tummy moving along quite nicely. I’ve dealt with chronic constipation since I was a young child, so I’ve tried everything. Fruit drinks and smoothies help move things along, just make sure you drink enough water as well. If you eat a lot of fiber and don’t drink water, you can become MORE constipated!
Blackberry Iced Tea
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 3/4 cup sugar substitute I use monkfruit
- 1 gallon of unsweetened Ice Tea
- Combine 2 cups of fresh blackberries and 3/4 cup Sugar substitute.
- Combine together and either mash or puree in a food processor. We prefer to taste the fruit pieces in our drink so I simply mash ours with our fruit masher.
- Mix with 1 gallon of unsweetened Ice Tea (I used Lipton Tea this time, but I also really like it with the Lipton Green Tea)
- Serve over ice, garnish if desired and enjoy!