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Eat Well Jul. 5. 2022
Beverages

Love Your Liver Iced Tea

Jul. 5. 2022
Beverages
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

A digestive-friendly, floral liver detox tea that supports your liver with delicious herbs and spices.

If you can believe it, I’ve been making this recipe since college! It’s definitely one of my favorites. The liver is one of the hardest-working organs in the body. We want to give it all the love and support it needs through nutrient-dense whole foods and supportive herbs.

This Love Your Liver Iced Tea is the perfect way to do just that!

Using the Foundational Five to Create This Love Your Liver Iced Tea

In case you’re new to the NS Community and the Mindful Nutrition Method, the Foundational Five system is part of how we teach you to build balanced meals. It makes it easy for you to give your body the nourishment you need while having the flexibility to enjoy the foods you love without stressing about food.

The Foundational Five is made up of five elements of nutrition including Protein, Fat, Non-starchy Carbohydrates, Starchy & Sugary Carbohydrates, and the Flavor Factor (which brings vibrancy, deliciousness, and enjoyment to your meals). 

You can download our free guide that walks you through our Foundational Five system for creating balanced meals that you can use to meal prep or cook fresh this week!

Ginger Nutrition Benefits 

Powerful Antioxidant

Due to its gingerol content, ginger is known for its amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This can result in a decrease in free radical activity, which helps to prevent certain disease states over time. 

Soothes And Stimulates Digestion

Ginger has been valued for its soothing properties for years. It can be used to help aid nausea as well as vomiting as needed. Plus, it can help stimulate those digestive enzymes we need to digest our food well! 

Ingredients Needed To Make This Love Your Liver Iced Tea

  • peppermint tea
  • ginger tea
  • Liver Detox Tea (Traditional Medicinals)
  • hibiscus tea (optional)
  • milk thistle tea 
  • 3 lemons
  • fresh mint (optional)
  • honey (optional)

How To Make This Love Your Liver Iced Tea

Simply assemble your tea bags in a pitcher of your choice, and pour four cups of boiling water over top. Next, let it steep for about 10 minutes. Repeat this same process a total of three times to create a large batch of Love Your Liver Iced Tea! 

Tips For Making This Love Your Liver Iced Tea

There are a couple of tips you should keep in mind that will help you out a bit when assembling this tea.

Batch Prepare Your Tea

This recipe takes little to no prep work or time to assemble, so it’s a great way to add some variety to your fluids for the week without slowing you down! Take some time at the beginning of the week to make a few batches, so you’re all set and ready to go for the week ahead. 

Use A French Press

To make large batches of iced tea, I’ll typically put all the tea bags in a French press. It holds much more water and ensures that if any of the tea bags burst, it catches the loose leaves.

What To Serve With This Love Your Liver Iced Tea To Make It Balanced

This tea is a great source of flavor factors and nutrients, meaning it will add a boost of enjoyment and excitement to any meal!

You can have it alongside any Foundational Five meal that you’d like. It goes great with our Bright Balanced Spring Salad! With that said, you can always simply enjoy the tea alone if you’d prefer. 

FAQ About How To Make This Love Your Liver Iced Tea

What if I’m pregnant or prescribed medications? 

If you’re pregnant or taking any prescribed medications, I would highly suggest touching base with your physician before consuming any potent herbs. They can help you check to make sure the herbal components won’t have any negative interactions!

Foundational Five Breakdown

Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • N/A

Starchy and/or Sugary Carbohydrates

  • Honey (optional)

Protein

  • N/A

Fat

  • N/A

Flavor Factor

  • Peppermint tea
  • Ginger tea
  • Liver Detox Tea (Traditional Medicinals)
  • Hibiscus tea (optional)
  • Milk thistle tea
  • Fresh mint (optional)
  • honey (optional)

 

The Recipe

Serves 12

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Ingredients

2 peppermint tea bags

2 ginger tea bags

4 Liver Detox tea bags from Traditional Medicinals

2 hibiscus tea bags (optional for flavor)

1 milk thistle tea bag

Juice of 3 lemons

Optional upon serving: fresh mint and/or honey to taste

Teas that I recommend for this recipe are Peppermint, Ginger, Liver Detox, Hibiscus, and Milk Thistle.

 

Directions

Step 1

Put all the tea bags in a large pitcher and bring 4 cups of water to a boil.

Step 2

Pour the water into the pitcher with all of the tea bags and steep for at least 10 minutes. All teas have varying steep times, but 10 minutes ensure herbal teas start releasing.

Step 3

Pour the tea out of the pitcher so you’re left with tea bags, put more boiling water in and repeat this process to steep the tea a total of 3 times. Once you’ve made the tea 3 times, you’ll end up with a large amount (about 12 cups) of tea.

Step 4

Add fresh lemon juice and let cool or place immediately in the fridge to cool. Serve with fresh mint over ice 1x a day.

Enjoy!

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