We’re talking, of course, about the following black tea and blueberry popsicles that are perfect for any sunny, summery day. They’re delicious, super hydrating, and chock-full of antioxidants and other health-promoting nutrients. What more could you ask for? Learn how to make a batch of ‘em ahead.
What makes these berry and tea-infused popsicles so heart-healthy?
According to Joy Dubost, PhD, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist for Lipton, one of the easiest ways to add a boost of heart-healthy properties to any recipe—and fit the needs of your hot girl summer era—is by incorporating some tea. (No, not the gossipy kind.)
This is because, according to the dietitian, black tea (like unsweetened Lipton Black Tea) is packed with potent antioxidants that promote a healthier cardiovascular system. “One cup of brewed unsweetened black tea contains about 170 milligrams of flavonoids, which are naturally-occurring plant bioactives. Scientific evidence has found flavonoids from unsweetened green or black tea can help support healthy blood circulation,” Dr. Dubost says.
“One cup of brewed unsweetened black tea contains about 170 milligrams of flavonoids, which are naturally-occurring plant bioactives. Scientific evidence has found flavonoids from unsweetened green or black tea can help support healthy blood circulation,” Dr. Dubost says.
To take things up a notch, Dr. Dubost calls upon a handful of additional heart-healthy ingredients to make this delicious batch of heart-healthy popsicles: raspberries and blueberries, honey, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and H2O. The benefits are bountiful (pun intended). Blueberries and raspberries provide antioxidant bioactives, including flavonoids, similar to black tea. Additionally, blueberries are a good source of anthocyanins, and raspberries are loaded with polyphenols—both of which are anti-inflammatory plant compounds linked to healthy aging.
And whoever said popsicles couldn’t be packed with protein was clearly mistaken. “A serving of nonfat plain Greek yogurt is a good source of calcium and protein, which are both essential for supporting bone health,” Dr. Dubost says. For context, there are about 10 grams of protein per 100-gram serving.
Of course, if black tea isn’t your thing, you can easily modify this recipe to include your favorite tea instead. Dr. Dubost suggests using green tea. “Lipton Green Tea contains about 150 milligrams of flavonoids per serving and provides the same heart-friendly benefits as Lipton’s Black Tea,” she says. Either way, you can’t go wrong, as Dr. Dubost points out that there’s scientific evidence showing that daily consumption of green or black tea (hot or cold) as part of a healthy diet can support heart health and longevity.
Freezer pops with blueberries and raspberries recipe
Yields 6 servings
2 bags Lipton Black Tea
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
3 1/2 ounces of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1. Infuse the Lipton Black Tea bags for four minutes in hot water. Let it cool.
2. Blend the raspberries with the Greek yogurt, honey, and tea.
3. Serve in popsicle molds and decorate with blueberries. Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours.
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