Hibiscus straight up is quite tangy – like on the lemon juice side of tangy – but the cherries, dates, and bananas tame the tart. And the color is lovely. Now, for a few disclaimers. Keep in mind a couple of things: if you already have low blood pressure (as I do), you may want to limit your intake of hibiscus tea. Also, this tea can lower estrogen levels – if you’re on hormone replacement therapy or are on birth control pills, this tea is not for you. If you are undergoing chemotherapy – check with your physician before making this tea a regular part of your day. Finally, some folks experience an extra special little buzz after consuming hibiscus tea. If you find yourself having an unusually deep and meaningful conversation with your houseplants, you might want to gift the remainder of the tea leaves to a friend.
Hibiscus-Cherry Cooler [Vegan]
- 1 1/2 cups hibiscus tea, chilled
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1 lime, peeled
- 2 bananas (yes, peeled)
- 2-4 dates, chopped
- 2 cups frozen cherries (strawberries are mighty tasty, too)
- 1 tbsp. hemp protein powder, optional
- Combine ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.