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There are few things that I dislike in this world, but there still are some. People talking about politics on Facebook, eggplant, swallowing pills, flies and people talking about their love lives on Facebook. Oh, and Facebook. But what I also highly dislike is tea. If I’m going to drink water that tastes like dirty water, I might as well just drink water. Amirightoramiright? The only way I actually like drinking tea is when it’s mixed with something. It’s gotta be sweet, it’s gotta be flavorful and it’s gotta not taste like tea. Ja feel me?

This is where Thai iced tea comes into play. Have you ever had Thai iced tea at an actual Thai restaurant? It’s goooooooood. But honestly, a little too sweet for my liking. And believe me, I like sweet. But they must add 400 pounds of sugar per cup and as you may have heard in my recent Weekly Workouts post, sugar ain’t too good when it comes to the waistline. So I made my own version, with less sugar, and LOTS of flavor. Plus I actually want to drink it and it makes me feel like I’m cool. Everyone cool is drinking tea these days. EVERYONE.

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You wanna know something weird? Forever now I’ve been waking up DRENCHED at night. Not just kind of sweaty, I mean completely sweaty, head to toe. I would have to wrap myself in a towel, it was that bad. Well I started to try to figure out what was causing it. Was it the temperature, was it caffeine, was it something I was wearing? Nope. None of the above. It’s the lotion I’ve been wearing. Since I live in Colorado and Colorado loves to suck any and all moisture from your body plus being on accutane years ago, I’m constantly dry. Constantly. So, of course, I always shower at night after my workout then put on heavy duty lotion to make sure I don’t shrivel into a creepy raisin lady. Well, after one night of being freaked out thinking I peed myself, I noticed that my legs felt extra glossy. No, not from pee, from the lotion. And it clicked. The lotion must clog my pours and keep me from cooling down properly. At least that’s what I think. I haven’t put on lotion at night ever since and I haven’t woken sweaty since. How weird is that? I’ll have to be a creep raisin lady just so I can have a full night sleep. You win some, you lose some.

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Coconut Thai Iced Tea

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Ingredients

For the tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 3 anise stars
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or less, to personal taste)
  • 20 drops stevia extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Place 4 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil then remove from heat and immediately add the rest of the ingredients for the tea and let steep for about 20 minutes and cool. Strain tea through a sieve into a container and place in the fridge to cool completely.
  2. Once tea is cool, whisk together Pacific Foods Organic Original Coconut Milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and vanilla beans.
  3. Add ice to 4-5 glasses, fill each glass 3/4 full with tea and top the other 1/4 with coconut milk mixture. Mix to combine before drinking!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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16 thoughts on “Coconut Thai Iced Tea”

  1. When I lived in Denver I used to wake up soaking wet with night sweats too. I started using cerave lotion (way more expensive) but it is apparently ph formulated or whatever and kept me from feeling like a dried up old prune.

  2. Good catch on the lotion. Its prob a chemical in the lotion (synthetic, essential oil, etc) messing with your endocrine system/hormone disruption. A few years ago I bought a carved wood screen to use as a headboard and it smelled like stain. I wiped the whole thing down with Mrs Meyers Lemongrass spray and proceeded to have night sweats for a month(at age 36 BTW). Moved the screen out, night sweats stopped. After a year it had aired out enough I have it up now (yay!) but yep, lemongrass gives me night sweats. My body HATES it.

    Beautiful art!

  3. Most lotions are chock full of weird chemicals, and they absolutely mess with hormones. But don’t worry! You don’t have to turn into a raisen lady. Before toweling off after your shower, just rub a few drops of vitimin E oil or a little coconut oil onto your skin while it’s still wet and let yourself air dry. It will completely absorb into your skin, won’t mess up your sheets or anything. And your skin will feel super soft and no sweaty grossness. 🙂

    Also, love the tea!!

  4. mmm YES! The Asian version of any tea is find is SO good. Ever tried Hong Kong milk tea? It’s like regular milk tea on delicious steroids haha. This looks awesome, i love the idea of putting coconut milk in!

  5. I gave up on lotion this year and now I just rub myself down with coconut oil right after I shower (if my skin is extra dry, I use olive oil before I shower, too). It works better than lotion ever did, and is convenient, because I don’t have to buy lotion anymore! Good thing the hubby doesn’t mind the smell of coconut, because he’s pretty much married to one now.

  6. When we moved to Colorado I was shocked at how dry the air is! You have good recommendations about lotions though…Cerave is awesome and we use that a lot. Virgin coconut oil is a good option too!
    As for tea, I love it. I don’t drink a lot of sweet things, so this looks like a great version. Thank you!

  7. Oh tea….I hear ya Juli! I want to like it but it’s just not for me..nope! However, this recipe looks like something I could handle and actually enjoy! Woot woot!
    And ps: I finally found a CrossFit gym close by me and joined this past week! After not being a member of a Crossfit gym for over 5 years….I’m flippen sore! Feels so good to be back though 🙂

  8. Your blog is so dependably funny, so I thank you for that, Juli. I tried a Thai Tea recipe from another website which shall remain nameless, and just wasn’t super impressed. Maybe it was user error, but at any rate, I had seen your post come up in my search, and I figured you hadn’t let me down before. This did not disappoint! My only changes were that I used Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro Tea (from Target), and left out the vanilla extract in the tea. The combo and spices were on point! So good and rich and yummy. So thanks for consistently sharing recipes that are guaranteed goodness.

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