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it was the best of times, it was the worst of times

It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.

Famous words from the only Dickens book that I've read and actually liked.

And how is that at all relevant about what I'm posting? I'm talking about food. On one hand, with all our modern day technology we're able to eat foods from all over the world, we're able to cut the time on cooking or baking with different appliances, we're able to have a plethora of recipes at our fingertips thanks to the internet. We have a deeper understanding of human physiology, of what our bodies need to be healthy.

But then there's the bad. Even with all this knowledge, obesity rates are increasing. Processed foods are becoming the norm. And going out to look for information on the internet can be completely chaotic.

I'm currently taking a phy sci class that's got me wanted to eat healthier, and reign in the amount of unhealthy foods I like to indulge in. Something I've constantly heard is how honey and agave are healthier alternatives to sugar. I use honey as a substitute in tea and smoothies, but have never really tried using agave.

I then decided to do a little research... which left me incredibly overwhelmed. On top of there being about 1,001 different conflicting opinions on agave, I'm left wondering if the writer's have alternative incentives to sharing their findings?

But here's the basics on what I found. In comparison to sugar, agave has less calories, has a lower glycemic index (meaning it will not cause your blood sugar to spike as fast), and is sweeter -- meaning you will have to use less to get the same amount of sweetness. On the other hand, agave is primarily composed of fructose, which in high doses has been linked to a multitude of diseases.

As my professor always reminds us, rather than avoiding anything remotely unhealthy, it's important to control what you intake. For instance, even though bananas are healthy, eating 4000 calories a day worth of them isn't. So small doses of agave once a week isn't going to kill me (I hope.)

P.S This isn't a proper recipe, but rather an excuse to try out food photography + introduce the idea of doing recipes on my blog.

The Drink

One of my favorite drinks to drink at Coffee Bean is their agave nectar sweet tea! Naturally, making it at home is immensely cheaper. Plus, it's incredibly easy to recreate. It has a distinct taste when compared to other sweet teas, and I must say I'm a fan.

Instructions: Instead of sweetening with sugar, sweeten your freshly brewed tea with about 1 + 1/2 tablespoons of dark agave per cup of water. You can add more or less depending on your tastes, but that's the sweet spot for me. Then refrigerate to let it cool down, and drink away!

I used the constant comment tea by Bigelow because it has a hint of orange rind along with some sweet spices, which I think works perfectly with the agave! Listening to the people of steepster, I steeped it for about 2 minutes before removing the tea bags.



20 comments

  1. I sometimes substitute agave for maple syrup or honey--but I never knew about the potential negative effects of the nectar. Either way, the sweet tea sounds great! I think I might try it sometime soon.

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  2. Love your post! I'm trying to eat healthier as well by using all natural sugars like honey or simply eating fruits to get my sugar! Thanks for your post and the positive thought!

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  3. Eat healthy food and drink is very important! I love this recipe <3

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  4. Ooooh, I just got blueberry agave syrup intended for my pancakes, but maybe I'll try a newly flavored tea as well...haha
    I know, it's tough in this world to monitor what you eat. I'm such an indulger and have difficulty reigning in what I intake. But I'm inspired by your post to be more conscious of what I put in my body!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  5. This looks delicious! I love the mason jar! xx

    wildflowerofprague.blogspot.cz

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  6. I definitely feel you on wanting to eat healthier! Sometimes it's hard but our bodies certainly appreciate it! I wanted to offer some advice on the whole honey vs agave situation. I study nutritional medicine so it's kind of my thing to know these things if that makes any sense, haha. Agave is 90% fructose which is the quickest digesting sugar out of all forms so not really something you would want to have all the time so in a strictly should I have this or that situation I suggest honey. However both honey and agave are the better option to sugar and then sugar is the better option to artificial or "natural" sweetener (sweetener tricks your body into thinking it is sugar so your body produces insulin to digest it but since sweetener just goes straight through you the excess insulin just turn into free radicals). Hope this gave you a bit more of a proper insight. Definitely going to be trying out the drink recipe for myself! :)

    Deb | Debra Bros Blog

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  7. It looks wonderful and very easy. I much prefer agave to sugar in everything, so much better for the body! x

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  8. I'm eating healthier myself these days, not to lose weight but just because i want to have a healthy body and a better skin. First i thought i would miss the cookies and chocolate, but the less you eat it the less you crave it. And after a few weeks i certainly started to feel better in my own skin (never thought that would happen actually)!
    I never tried agave because i read so many different stories about it, but i think i'll give it a try after reading your story. It makes it all a bit more clear!

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  9. Hi daer, Id love to see more recipes! This sounds so soothing and great. I don't know whether agave is widely available here as yet. I hope that it will be in a few months, I appreciate all the research that went into this post. Many thanks for stopping by, may your week start on a high note.

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  10. Sounds so tasty! And such great food photography, I love the mason jar.

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  11. I sometimes think I should not eat junkfood (you know, McDonald's for example) but when I'm under a lot of stress I just can't help myself. eating a decent McDonald's meal makes me happier then, boo :( at the same time healthy food means better mood as well so go figure what's actually going on in my head. at least I know I'm not going to torture myself and set those limits. if I want a burger I must get it. but it's not that great when I want it too often. yeah, human nature :) oh and I think honey is great! we rarely buy sugar and if we do I prefer the dark one, not the white one.

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  12. i always get overwhelmed when i start researching foods too. in the end i just decided that everything in moderation is the way to go - i enjoy burgers and fried chicken and pretty much all junk food but they're not things i consume daily. have heard good things about agave - also maple syrup seems to have similar properties but with a more complex flavour which i like.

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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  13. I try to eat as healthy as I possibly can! But of course there are a lot of times, I will choose to eat something that is unhealthy, which is not time consuming to make, because I just don't have the time to make a proper meal!
    Though, lately I have been trying to not eat in fast food chain restaurants & I am definitely trying to cut down on junk food as I am used to eating something all the time- especially if I am watching a tv show or movie. I have come to love dried fruits or berries, like cranberries, apples etc.

    www.callmemaddie.com

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  14. I really want to try subbing out normal sugar (or Splenda) for agave nectar- sounds yummy + healthier for you! :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  15. yum! I definitely want to try making this! I like that drink!
    xo,
    nancy

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  16. Great post and recipe! This seems good and really healthy! =)
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jess

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