Blueberry Sweet Tea

Happy Tuesday foodies! I hope everybody’s week started well. Nick and I had to go to the BMW dealership in Alexandria yesterday, I love it there. It’s HUGE and the people are relatively kind. Plus it gives me an opportunity to look at all of the brand new cars.

I like to drool over things like that.

We have a loaner. It’s a 2012 328xi, which is the exact car we have, but ours is a couple of years older. I think BMW gives loaner cars out very strategically – they attempt to lure you into buying a new model by allowing you to test drive a brand new car for 24 hours. This time I think it is backfiring a little bit. They gave us an automatic, which is a drawback for Nick and I. We really like standard transmission cars. Not only that, there seems to be a lag in acceleration. We do not like that one bit.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful and POWERFUL car, but I think we’re going to end up buying another model. We need a 4-door vehicle. We have essentially grown out of our coupe. And, because I am a forward thinker, I think getting a larger vehicle will give us an opportunity to grow into it.

Think I’m talking about kids? Well, you’re kind of right. But I am talking more along the lines of fur-babies.

Nick and I don’t plan on having kids.

EVER.

We have very specific reasons for not wanting kids, but I do not want to offend my readers. So I will just say we love dogs more! J

Anyway, because we were in Alexandria yesterday we ended up having dinner out...again. We are TIRED of restaurant life, but this weekend was hectic so that was really our easiest option. We’ll get back to homemade basics tonight or tomorrow {we have a TON of leftovers}.

However, I do still have a clutch recipe that is actually pretty PERFECT for this warm weather. About a year ago I blogged about Sweet Tea, which just happens to be one of my MOST BELOVED drinks in the entire world; especially when it is SWEET tea. Well, I had this brilliant stroke of genius to amp up my beloved drink with some different flavors. Born from that stroke of genius was Blueberry Sweet Tea. Hello, my new friend!

Nutritional Information:
Servings: 3
Serving Size: 1 glass
Calories: 35
Fat: .5 g
Carbohydrates: 8.5 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 0 g
Points+: 0**

** There are actually NO points in this drink because the fruit is a free food {based on your daily intake}. Drink without guilt!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ½ cups to 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup to ¾ cup Splenda PLUS 4 tablespoons
  • 1 Family Style Tea Bag
  • 4 ¼ cups COLD water, divided

Instructions:

  • Add two cups of the cold water to a saucepan
  • Bring to a boil, remove from heat and place the teabag in the pot
  • Steep for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Pour into a pitcher and add sugar. Begin with ½ cup, add more for your desired sweetness
  • Stir until dissolved
  • Add the additional two cups cold water and stir
  • Now, add the blueberries to a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the last ¼ cup water with the 4 tablespoons Splenda.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until there are plenty of juice reduction
  • Strain the blueberry reduction, making sure no blueberries sneak through
  • Pour a cup of tea into a chilled cup. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the blueberry reduction and mix together thoroughly.
  • If you don’t have a chilled cup {I did not have one!}, add some ice & ENJOY!

This was such a great adaptation to traditional sweet tea. The best part is you can add your favorite flavors to your sweet tea without much guilt or hesitation. Go ahead and give it a try!

Until Next Time,

Happy Drinkin’