Hibiscus Tea Recipe | Afternoon Tea Without Sugar

Whole Food Plant Based Recipe

Fri Apr 24, 2020

Vegan Hibiscus Tea Recipe

Warm spiced hibiscus tea without sugar or dairy.

Whole Food Plant Based Hibiscus Tea Recipe

Course: Beverage, Snack, Herbal & Spice Tea
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Water
1/2 tsp Hibiscus Flower Powder
2 tsp Raisins
6 Almonds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat water to a boil.
  2. Chop raisins into 2-4 pieces each.
  3. Remove boiling water from stove and mix in hibiscus flower powder and chopped raisins. Keep covered for 2 minutes, then serve fresh with a side of almonds!

Nutrition Science Highlights of WFPB Hibiscus Tea Recipe:

  1. Why not honey, sugar or jaggery? Sugar and Jaggery are processed foods. Although jaggery is healthier than brown sugar, which, in turn, is healthier than white sugar, all forms of processed foods are unhealthy when compared to whole plant foods. Honey is healthwise as good as jaggery, which isn't saying much. In addition to not being very healthy, honey production kills millions of bees every year, affecting our environment adversely. The best sweetener alternative is a whole fruit or dry fruit. The easiest method of using these is date syrup, as it does not involve peeling or chopping.
  2. Why not dairy? Dairy products have been found to be associated with increased risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, asthma, PCOS, and heart disease. We can still enjoy our milk, cream, and butter though - as long as they are made from whole plant foods!
  3. Why spices? Spices are among the healthiest foods on the planet in terms of their ability to prevent and reverse chronic diseases. They pack the highest antioxidant:calorie ratio. Just one pinch of spice powders exponentially increases the antioxidant content of any dish. Dishes like these, that have many strong spices, are a great way to amp up the health quotient of our everyday meals. Raw and boiled or steamed spices retain their phytonutrient content better than roasted or baked spices.

Dr Achyuthan Eswar
Lifestyle Physician & Co-founder, NutritionScience.in, PHC Lifestyle Clinic & SampoornaAhara.com Plant-based Kitchen

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