This Weight Watchers tea recipe is sure to hit the spot anytime you need a cold beverage to quench your thirst. WW members from the South know that sweet tea is a staple. A day without sweet tea isn’t a day worth having, right?
A quick glance at the points will tell you that drinking sweet tea can use a large points allowance that simply isn’t worth it because it will leave you little room for food in your daily points allowance.
Instead, make this WW sugar free sweet tea that is is zero points on all MyWW color plans, Green, Blue, and Purple. This tea is great for WW members, diabetics, and those trying to lose weight. You can take it to cookouts too because the taste, while different from regular sweet tea, is still rich and satisfying.
How Many Points in Sweet Tea?
Here are the points in some common sweet teas for WW members.
- McDonald’s Sweet Tea (Large, 32 oz) – 9 points on Green, Blue, and Purple
- Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea (8 oz) – 4 points
- Lipton Iced Tea, Sweet Tea (8 oz) – 8 points
As you can see, the points in regular sweet tea add up quickly. Use our zero point sweet tea as an alternative to sugar-heavy beverages.
Do Drinks with Sugar Slow Weight Loss?
In fact, research indicates that if your goal is weight loss, one healthy habit to adopt is not drinking calories because the body doesn’t recognize them in the same way as food with calories.
How Do You Sweeten Iced Tea Without Sugar?
Luzianne Tea says this about how to sweeten tea without sugar,
“Plain tea is pleasing, but sweetened tea is sensational! And with all the sweeteners available (both traditional and newly invented) any sweet tooth can be satisfied when it comes to serving a pitcher or a glass of refreshing iced tea.
- Monk fruit is, as the name suggests, fruit-derived. It’s relatively low-carbohydrate and works well in any tea. It’s up to 200 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way.
- Coconut sugar (a low-glycemic sugar), Xylitol (made from vegetable fibers) and Stevia (from a natural leaf) are all considered to be lower in calories and carbohydrates.
- Commercial sweeteners with ingredients like erythritol, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, maltodextrin, sucralose and saccharin contain little or no calories.
While there is some concern about the use of artificial sweeteners, ultimately they save calories and most doctors believe they are safe in limited amounts.
Is Unsweetened Iced Tea Good For Weight Loss?
Tea is a great drink option during weight loss. Plain, brewed tea is calorie-free, making it a clear winner.
Many teas include caffeine, which can increase fat burning and metabolism, and catechins (especially in green tea) shown to improve weight loss, according to a study published in “The Journal of Nutrition” in December 2008 according to Living Strong.
Cutting the calories by foregoing the sugar in regular sweet tea, combined with watching your calorie intake, may help in meeting your weight loss goals and improve your health.
What’s The Healthiest Iced Tea?
“According to the Tea Association of the USA, about 75 to 80 percent of the tea consumed in the U.S. is iced tea.” Americans drank more than 1.8 billion gallons of ready-to-drink iced tea in 2018, making it one of the most widely sold drinks says Consumer Reports.
A simple and inexpensive solution to bottled teas to simply brew your own sugar free iced tea.
What’s The Best Sweetener For Iced Tea?
Sweeteners blend more easily in warm tea, so mix them in just after brewing and before you chill it.
Create a simple syrup like we do in the recipe below. Simple syrup is sugar or sweetener that’s been heated and dissolved in water.
How Much Stevia Does It Take To Sweeten A Gallon Of Tea?
The amount of sweetener needed in iced tea varies from person to person, but we like about a cup and a half of sweetener per one gallon of tea. If you aren’t sure, try one cup of Splenda or Stevia and slowly add more till it is sweetened to your taste.
How Many Weight Watchers Points Is Sweet Tea?
This sugar free iced tea recipe is zero Weight Watchers points for all MyWW color plans. That’s right, 0 points for MyWW Green, 0 points for MyWW Blue, and 0 points for MyWW purple.
Sugar Free Sweet Tea Recipe
Make a batch of this delicious tea, then savor it sitting on the front porch on a hot summer day.
Weight Watchers Zero Point Sweet Tea
- 16 cups water
- 4 tea bags family size
- 1.5 cup Splenda or powdered sweetener of choice
- Place 8 cups of water in a large sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and add the tea bags. Cover and allow the tea to steep for 5 to 6 minutes. (Steep longer for stronger tea.)
- Meanwhile, add an additional 8 cups of water to a gallon-sized pitcher.
- Remove tea bags from sauce pot, gently squeezing to remove the excess tea. Discard the tea bags.
- To the sauce pan, add the sweetener and stir until completely blended.
- Pour the tea into the gallon-sized pitcher with the water. Stir.
- Cover the pitcher and refrigerate. Flavor is best if it sits overnight.
Sugar Free Iced Tea Recipe
You’ll need 16 cups water, divided, 4 family-sized tea bags, and 1 ½ cups sweetener (I used Splenda but use the sweetener of your choice.)
Add 8 cups of water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tea bags. Cover and allow to steep for 6 minutes. Steep longer for a stronger tea.
Meanwhile, add an additional 8 cups of water to a gallon-sized pitcher. Remove tea bags from sauce pot, gently squeezing to remove the excess tea. Discard the tea bags.
To the saucepan, add the sweetener and stir until completely blended. Pour the tea into the gallon-sized pitcher with the water. Stir to combine.
Cover the pitcher and refrigerate. Best if refrigerated overnight.
Allow to cool in fridge and then service over ice. The best sugar free iced tea!
What’s you favorite way to enjoy tea? Are you a sweet tea or unsweetened tea fan? Do you like iced tea or hot tea? Let us know in the comments below.
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