Easy and Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Summer Drink

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Summer weather is almost here, and that means it’s time to break out the lawn chairs, sunglasses, and refreshing drinks. I’m all about sipping something fruity when it’s warm outside, and my Wild Blueberry Green Tea Mojito is the perfect summertime drink!

This fresh and tasty Mojito is packed with summery flavor – fruity Wild Blueberries, refreshing iced green tea, tangy lime, and tons of fresh mint. Plus, it’s super simple to make! Just muddle together Wild Blueberries and fresh mint leaves, then stir in the lime juice and brewed green tea with honey. I wouldn’t shy away from adding in a shot of rum, either…but that’s your choice!

Besides it’s gorgeous color and delicious summer vibe, this drink is loaded with health benefits, too. Wild Blueberries contain anthocyanins, plant compounds that give them their deep purple color and powerful antioxidant capacity.

Plenty of research suggests that anthocyanins can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and cancer. Plants that produce anthocyanins do so to protect themselves against environmental stressors, like temperature shifts and UV light (hello, natural sunscreen!). Since Wild Blueberries first started growing in harsh climates in Maine and Canada nearly 10,000 years ago, they needed to arm themselves with lots of anthocyanins for protection, which is why Wild Blueberries have twice the antioxidant capacity of regular blueberries!

The best part of all the antioxidant capacity in Wild Blueberries is that it translates into anti-inflammatory health benefits (and delicious drinks!) for you.

This fruity Wild Blueberry drink takes its antioxidant benefits even higher by including green tea. Green tea contains a different type of antioxidant called catechins, which also help reduce cardiovascular risk and inflammation.

Are you ready to start sipping on this super refreshing and delicious anti-inflammatory drink? I sure am! Grab the full recipe below.

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Wild Blueberry Green Tea Mojito

4 green tea bags
2.5 cups boiling water
~1 cup ice
3 TBSP honey
1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries (thawed)
¼ cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
½ cup fresh lime juice

  1. Steep green tea bags in boiling water for about 5 minutes in a 1-quart glass measuring cup. Stir in honey to dissolve, then add ice to make 3.5 cups of tea (the ice should cool the mixture to room temperature).
  2. Add the thawed frozen Wild Blueberries and mint leaves to the bottom of a large pitcher. Use the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler to mash the berries and mint together until fragrant and juicy.
  3. Add the lime juice and tea mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Pour through a strainer into 4 glasses over ice, then garnish with fresh mint sprigs and serve!

About the Author

Danielle Omar is a registered dietitian, clean-eating coach, teacher and cookbook author. She is a passionate food and nutrition educator and founded Danielle Omar Nutrition to support busy men and women on their journey to becoming their healthiest self. An avid cook, she also enjoys sharing plant-based recipes and nutrition strategies on her Food Confidence blog.

Danielle has a Master’s degree in Nutrition and has been teaching nutrition at the college level for over 10 years. She has contributed to local and national media outlets such as The Washingtonian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Shape Magazine, and Women’s Health Magazine. Through her private nutrition practice, media work, and group programs, Danielle has successfully motivated hundreds of busy professionals and families to eat confidently and live a healthy life.