Caffeine-free iced tea for a healthy family
June 10th is International Iced Tea Day – a great opportunity to explain why iced Rooibos Rocks is the No1 healthiest way to keep your kids hydrated this summer.
Many of the go-to favorite drinks are seriously bad for little people. Sodas, fruit juices, and even iced tea (sold in bottles, as a mix of brewed at home with naturally bitter black tea) are loaded with sugar. But that’s not all. They tend to be laced with caffeine – and that’s not recommended either. As a mom, you obviously want to do the best for your family. But good luck with persuading them to drink plain water!
The smarter solution is to find a drink with a flavor they love which is sugar free, caffeine-free, and therefore guilt free. Good news – iced Rooibos Rocks on all counts!
Why caffeine and kids don’t mix
You probably don’t need reminding that sugary drinks are best avoided. But caffeine…really? Yes, really!
Caffeine is a stimulant and when consumed in sensible quantities it can make you more alert. However, too much caffeine can cause some quite serious problems. And kids, because they are smaller, only need very little before they may experience one or more of these issues:
- increased heart rate and blood pressure
- stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea
- increased urination leading to dehydration
- jitteriness, anxiety, and irritability
- headaches and dizziness
- disrupted sleep
- shakiness and muscle tremors
How much is too much?
A 4-6 year old should consume no more than 45mg of caffeine a day and they’ll get that from just a single 355ml can of cola. The limit for a 7-9 year old is 62.5mg, which equates to 1.5 cans of cola or one espresso shot. 10-12 year olds should not have more than 85mg or just under two cans of cola or just under 1 cup of brewed coffee. Reference: MedicalNewsToday
Energy drinks are especially risky – the caffeine content varies from 17 mg to a scary 242 mg per serving! Just one can take your child way over their daily recommended limit. And even iced teas, made with traditional black tea, can contain as much sugar and caffeine as soda.
Iced Rooibos Rocks for healthy refreshment
Want to solve the problem without constant arguments and complaints? Brew up a big jug of Rooibos Rocks and keep it ready in the refrigerator. It’s totally sugar free and yet, unlike black tea, naturally sweet – no need to add sugar. Again, unlike black tea, it has no caffeine – your kids can drink it all day long without experiencing any of those problems listed above. As Rooibos is a Superfood it is healthy for them too!
Making iced Rooibos Rocks is easy peasy!
Just brew your Rooibos by steeping tea bags in boiling water (one bag per cup), allow to cool, then chill – full details provided here. Or you can simply use the cold brew method – add the teabags to cold water and steep overnight. Another option is sun tea. Fill a glass pitcher with cold water and leave it on the porch in direct sunlight for a couple of hours, then chill. Add some mint and lemon slices at the start to make your sun tea even more tasty and colorful. Whichever method you use, it's always delicious!
Ring the Rooibos flavor changes
Rooibos Rocks Original, Chai, Green Rooibos, and Honeybush each produce a subtly different version of iced tea and you can order them all here. You can also add other ingredients to create a wide variety of delicious iced tea recipes. This one uses peach slices and juice to make a drink your family won’t be able to get enough of.
International Iced Tea Day is the perfect excuse for discovering the sugar free, caffeine-free and guilt free delights of iced Rooibos Rocks. You can order all four of our varieties here or, if you are not good at making decisions, buy our colorful caddy with forty teabags (ten of each flavor).