Strawberry mint sun tea {and a giveaway}

by Kim on June 17, 2014

Did I ever tell you I’m technically from the south?

I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and spent the first 8 years of my life there. Which is how I have memories of pool parties for my April birthday (here, we’re still too busy having snowstorms then—blaaah).

So I might live in the north now, but don’t worry: I remember what sweet tea is.

Even better: I know what sweet sun tea is.

IN FACT, would you believe I actually have a little recipe for you guys today?

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Well, “recipe” meaning I put a few simple ingredients together…but the result = AWESOME. So, so summery and refreshing.

I was inspired to create a little something when I got this sweet (literally) “Summer Fit Kit” in the mail from Pure Via.

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The kit contained:

  • Box of Pure Via® non-GMO packets
  • Bottle of Pure Via® stevia liquid
  • Bottle of Pure Via® vanilla stevia liquid
  • Container of instant iced tea
  • Pure Via mason jar & straw
  • Pure Via pedometer
  • Pure Via SPF 15 lip balm

I haven’t been drinking a ton of coffee lately, but when I have, I’ve been sweetening it with stevia (an all-natural herbal sweetener). I also use a little when I make this outrageously delicious oat cereal.

If I don’t have stevia, I’ll opt for regular sugar over the fake stuff. I used to think that a little aspartame here and there was no big deal, but the more I think about it/learn about it, the more I want nothing to do with that chemically junk.

Anyway, I was particularly excited about the vanilla liquid stevia from Pure Via, since I love vanilla flavor (well, any flavor) in my coffee, and it didn’t disappoint!

Plus, look at the perfect little purse-sized bottle it comes in!

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You’d think they’d be super light on the sweetness, since they aren’t real sugar AND they don’t get to use the chemical shortcut, but I’ve actually had to be careful with the stuff, it’s so sweet. One tiny packet is almost too much for a cup of coffee (actually, 1 packet is supposed to be the equivalent of 2 tsp of sugar, so no wonder!).

Another awesome thing about Pure Via is that their packets are non-GMO. (I don’t necessary go out of my way to find non-GMO, but I do appreciate it when I see it.)

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Keep up the good work, Pure Via! (Cheesy? Yes…)

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Anyway, back to the tea.

We had a super sunny weekend, so I decided to embrace the opportunity to bring back the sun tea I grew up watching my mom make. She’d set a giant glass container filled with water and tea bags out on the deck in the morning, and by mid-afternoon, we had perfectly sun-warmed tea.

To take things up a notch, I picked two ingredients to add:

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I cut up the strawberries, plucked off a handful of mint leaves, and dropped both into a large Mason jar filled with water. Then, I added my tea bag. (I used loose-leaf, just because I had some lying around that I wanted to use up, but any tea would have worked.)

Sealed it up, and out to the deck it went.

Before:

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Out in the sun, doing its thang:

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After:

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The jar was out in the sun for about 4-5 hours (when it started getting cloudy). I removed the strawberries, mint, and tea bag, sweetened it with two packets of Pure Via (sugar dissolves best in warm liquid vs. cold) and then let it chill in the fridge for a bit.

Yummmmm.

I was surprised by how perfectly both the strawberry and mint flavors popped out, and how well they worked together.

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Of course, there are countless other combos you could go with (and that I want to try), like:

–Oranges and honey

–Watermelon and mint

–Lemon and blueberries

–Strawberries and basil

–Lemons and limes

–Peaches and mint

–Raspberries and limes

So many possibilities, people!!

This calls for a cheesy selfie!

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If you’re a fellow stevia fan, GREAT NEWS: Pure Via wants to give one lucky FP winner their own Summer Fit Kit!

Enter below! I’ll post the winner in a week.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

xoxo

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherri June 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

my favorite sweetener is stevia….. I love it

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Shelly June 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I am looking for a a new stevia brand since I recently found out the truth about Truvia. I will definitely have to pick up some Pure Via!
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Meena R June 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm

My favorite sweetener would have to be a toss up between honey or brown sugar. Love them both!

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Kay Lynn June 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

My favorite sweetener is Pure Via. I buy it by the huge box at Costco.
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char eats greens June 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

I use vanilla stevia drops to sweeten my lattes, but I’m not opposed to real sugars, as long as they’re organic (my other fave is raw cane juice crystals by Giddy Yoyo or even just classic maple syrup!)
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Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy July 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Speaking of Giddy Yoyo, what’s your favourite flavour? Did you know they’re having a giveaway? I’m reviewing them as we speak!
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Kim Anderson June 20, 2014 at 7:26 am

My favorite sweetner is Stevia or honey

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Shannon June 20, 2014 at 12:46 am

My favorite sweetener is stevia! I wish I liked the flavor of honey more!
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Julie June 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm

My favorite sweetener is honey. I really like it, but I have heard that stevia is great!

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Catherine June 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I usually stick to regular sugar – or honey or maple syrup!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I like stevia, sugar in the raw, or honey!
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Mandi Siegler June 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

Would love to try this out! I have just in the last few months tried to cut sugar out of my diet. This looks fabulous!

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Caroline @ Fighting For Wellness June 19, 2014 at 10:18 am

I’ve really only used sugar, but I just bought agave last week. I’d be curious to try this out!
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Paige c June 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

The only sweater I really use is stevia or occasionally coconut sugar

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

This tea sounds so, so refreshing! A perfect treat on a hot summer day!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine June 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

The only sweetener I ever use is Stevia!

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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate June 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I never knew you were from the south- nice! I usually use honey or stevia too. That tea looks awesome… have been loving mint and fruit combo recipes lately!
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Lindsey I June 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I grew up with my mom making sun tea too! She never really got fancy enough to add those extra goodies you did though. Love the combination ideas-excited to try making some myself! (I’ve been a long time fan of using stevia vs those aspartame guys too)

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Nicole @ mypurplespoon.com June 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I am a new reader, and have never commented, but I can’t pass up a giveaway…Anyways, I am a big stevia fan. I use it to sweeten my creamy brown rice cereal or overnight oats in the morning. I also use it to sweeten herbal tea. Love it!
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