Winter is not over yet! Keep warm with two interesting tea blends.

Like most Ukrainian girls, I have a weird affinity for beets.  I love them in everything! Salads, smoothies, roasted, and of course in my favourite soup: Borcht.

I also enjoy them in teas.  They give a nice pink hue to the tea and they add an earthy flavour.  Below are two tea blends that I have created for myself – feel free to try them out!

Beet Prepration:

I first had to dehydrate my beets:

Now I have a dehydrator (which I bought at Aviva Natural Health Solutions – http://www.aviva.ca/ and I highly recommend one if you can splurge for a healthy gadget! They are good for dehydrating more than just beets of course!)

If you do NOT have a dehydrator no need to worry!  Just preheat your oven to the lowest setting (Mine goes to 170) and do the following:

1.Thinly slice pre-cooked beets (either boiled or baked) and place on a baking sheet.

2. Put in oven and for about 8 hours, flip them over every 45 mins.  When beets can be easily crumbled or crushed then remove baking sheet from oven and let cool.

3. Once cool, place in a ziplock bag and beat with a rolling pin/wooden spoon/bottom of shoe/something heavy until beets are in smaller pieces.

4. Use beets in either one of the two blends that I created.

Heather’s Fruity Beet Rooibos:

1 cup red rooibos
1/2 cup dried beets
1/2 cup dried apple
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 craisins
1/3 cup dried goji berries
1/3 cup dried coconut chunks(or you can use shredded)
1/3 cup dried dates

You can buy rooibos and gogi berries at a health food store.  I bought mine at Vita Health (http://www.vitahealthstores.ca/) in Winnipeg.  The apple can be dried the same way at the beets (but have to be left in the oven for a longer time, around 10 hours)  I buy dates and then dice them and dry them out in the oven a little as well.

To toast walnuts: Place on baking sheet, put oven on broil and place sheet in the oven for about 3 mins, making SURE to keep an eye so that they do not burn!

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

 

Heather’s Minty Beet Blend:

1 cup green rooibos
1 cup mint
1/2 cup dried beets
1/2 cup green yerba mate
1/2 cup lemon balm
1/4 cup dried ginger (cut ginger into thin slices and dry in oven or dehydrator)

You can buy green rooibos and yerba mate at a health food store (like Vita Health).  I grow my own herbs so this was a perfect time to use my dried mint and lemon balm that I harvested in the fall.

Making your own tea blend isn’t super hard once you know where to get all the basic ingredients.  If you happen to create your own, drop me a line (or comment here) to let me know what you did. I would love to try it out!

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