Kylie Ivanir, MS, RD, founder of Within Nutrition, has two major things she recommends looking out for when purchasing bottled iced teas. “I recommend making sure that you look for teas that are free of excessive amounts of sweeteners and use organic extracts,” she says. According to Ivanir, adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to your tea—or looking for a bottled brand that already contains organic citric acid—can help support a healthy microbiome, too.
Ready to get sipping? We’re making bottled iced tea shopping easy by highlighting five refreshing RD-approved anti-inflammatory iced teas. From bubbly hibiscus, lime, and rose teas to an ultra-refreshing matcha lemonade, you’re going to love these tasty drinks for sipping morning, noon, and night.
5 RD-approved anti-inflammatory iced teas
Sound Lemon with Thyme & White Tea — $30.00
Ivanir says that Sound is a prime example of her standard for finding the right bottled teas (or, in this case, canned). Sound’s teas are certified organic and certified non-GMO, are free from sweeteners, and come in a range of so-delicious flavors. Plus, they are made with organic citric acid. Hear, hear! Check out the Lemon with Thyme & White Tea flavor for a delightful summery sip.
“Sound uses organic tea extracts instead of natural flavors, which—despite being called ‘natural’—can contain more than 100 different chemicals, including preservatives and solvents. These components can disrupt our microbiome and overall health,” Ivanir says.
Tazo Calm Iced Tea — $4.00
There’s nothing wrong with needing a hint of sweetness to best enjoy your tea habit! We love this organic pick from Tazo that features just five grams of organic cane sugar per serving to give you just a touch of sweetness. This mix of organic herbs, chamomile, and hibiscus will definitely soothe your soul and help you unwind after a busy day. (BTW, there’s zero caffeine in this iced herbal tea, so you won’t have to worry about losing sleep later in the evening.)
Honest Organic “Just” Black Tea — $20.00
If you’re looking for a no-frills option that is made with organic ingredients, has zero grams of sugar, and offers just the right hit of caffeine, this one’s for you. Honest’s products are widely available for just about anywhere you need a pick-me-up. The tea is also Fair Trade-Certified for a bottle you can feel even better about drinking.
Teas’ Tea Organic Cold Brew Unsweetened Green Tea — $22.00
Teas’ Tea is a great brand for those looking for a thoughtfully sourced beverage. This variety has been steeped in ice to bring out green tea’s mellow sweetness, while boosting the amino acid content and reducing the amount of caffeine. Plus, this tea offers an impressive 170 percent serving of vitamin C to give your immune system and skin a refreshing boost.
Chamberlain Coffee x Swoon Matcha Lemonade — $40.00
Darlene Regueiro, RDN, a New York City-based registered dietitian and founder of Life Edit Nutrition, loves to reach for a bottle of Chamberlain Coffee x Swoon Matcha Lemonade. She says it’s a convenient pick for those looking for a refreshing, sweet and citrusy beverage that’s low in sugar (it’s sweetened with monk fruit extract instead of added sugar). Reguerio says this could also be a tasty mixer for afternoon mocktails with some frozen blueberries and mint. Yum.
“Matcha is known to provide a jolt of energy without the jitters thanks to a compound called L-theanine,” says Requiero. “A can of Chamberlain Coffee x Swoon Matcha Lemonade provides 70 mg of caffeine, which sounds like a great daytime drink that won’t cause a crash in energy levels a few hours after consumption.”
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