Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all got to get out and enjoy the warm temps this weekend! I love those first warm weekends in Chicago. The whole city comes alive, and it finally feels like Spring has arrived!
Not only is most of Chicago over winter because of the cold, but it’s hard to get your “summer bod” when the weather makes you crave comfort food ? That being said, once the weather turns, it’s as if we’re all reminded to revamp your kitchen for the new season. I personally love to eat seasonally – watermelon in the summer, butternut squash in the fall, brussels sprouts in the winter, berries and fresh herbs in the spring! Not only is it a fun way to switch up your routine, but it’s also one of the best ways to keep your grocery budget in check. In-season produce is always less expensive, sometimes even on sale.
Hot tip: There are also so many great deals going on at Jewel-Osco right now! You can instantly save $10 when you spend $30 on participating Unilever products like Lipton, Hellmann’s, Country Crock and more. Yes, that means you can get $10 off even if you forget your coupons at home – PHEW.
Needless to say, I took advantage of the deals at Jewel-Osco over the weekend and stocked up on Lipton’s Family Size Tea Bags, my new favorite discovery. I’m a big fan of Iced Tea when it’s nice out, but I (1) don’t like buying it pre-made because they are usually FULL of sugar and (2) I like making a whole pitcher instead of making an individual glass each time I’m craving it. Luckily, these sold both problems! I can now just grab 2 family size tea bags, instead of trying to figure out how many normal ones I need to steep in order to fill my pitcher. Game changer!
First recipe with these new tea bags? This Mega Mint Iced Tea recipe that I found on Jewel’s Make More of Mealtime site! Seriously, the fresh mint makes it so refreshing – and it’s completely sugar free!
I wanted to use up all of the mint I bought, so I decided to toss a quick fruit salad, as well. I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m a sucker for strawberries… one time my Mom told me “Don’t eat all of the strawberries, your sister will be home soon.” Clearly, I heard “Eat all of the strawberries, your sister will be home soon” and ate the entire bowl in one sitting ? Strawberry monster over here!
But back to the fruit salad – I took that leftover mint from the Iced Tea, chopped it very finely, and tossed it with strawberries, blueberries and a little bit of lemon juice. The fresh mint and lemon brighten up the berries a little bit, without overpowering them. So good and so simple!
More Iced Tea Recipes?
I seriously think I’m going to have a pitcher of this stuff in my fridge all summer long. Do you have any other recipe/flavor ideas for me? I’d like to limit any added sugar, but other than that, I’m all ears!
Cheers! And don’t forget to save on your favorite Springtime Recipes at Jewel-Osco!
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