Keeping well hydrated can be a concern this time of year. The best way to get enough fluids is to drink anything wet, as long as it is non-alcoholic. Water is the best coolant, and is sometimes easier to drink if it is flavored and lightly sweetened.

Another favorite summertime drink that can do its part to keep a person hydrated is iced tea. Even though iced tea does have caffeine, recent studies have shown that caffeinated beverages do not dehydrate people who are used to drinking beverages with caffeine already. The caffeine content varies in iced tea, but an average 6-ounce serving of iced tea contains less than half that of coffee.

Iced tea also has health benefits, from the powerful antioxidants found in tea. Green and black teas are about equal in antioxidant value. Herbal teas are made from leaves and flowers of plants that are not tea so do not contain the antioxidants found in tea.

If you buy bottled tea, a tea made from “real brewed tea” or “brewed from tea leaves” like that found in Lipton bottled teas, it will have a higher antioxidant content than tea from powdered or instant tea.

Try cold brew lemonade iced tea to help quench your thirst and keep you hydrated this summer.

Cold Brew Lemonade Iced Tea

All you need:

4 c. cool water

6 Lipton™ cold brew tea bags

1 container (6 oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate, partially thawed

All you do:

Pour water over tea bags in a 2-quart pitcher.

Brew 5 minutes, dunking tea bags occasionally.

Remove tea bags.

Stir in lemonade concentrate until blended.

Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish, if desired, with mint or sliced lemon.


Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at