One of my favorite teas is Chai Tea. Before Sonoran Blossom Tea Co, Chai Tea was the only thing I would order at Starbucks except when they had the seasonal sugary drinks with loads of caramel. I'm a sucker for caramel. Chai tea has a very unique flavor that is slightly sweet, extra savory, and in many ways tastes like a sweetened version of traditional coffee.
Now don't get me wrong. I love coffee too. But there isn't much complexity to coffee. It can be good or bad. Strong or weak. Dark roast or light roast. And then you can customize it with whatever creamer you want. But apart from available creamers, the depth to coffee just doesn't exist unless you're willing to spend beaucoup bucks for a pound.
Which is why I think Chai tea just gets me. I love when something has a lot of depth and complexity that produces a simple and savory flavor.
Our Chai tea is a traditional Chai blend of India. It contains two different black teas, one a Chinese black tea, the other an Assam black tea. The traditional Chai flavor is created by adding cardamom seed, cloves, ginger root, and black pepper. All organic of course.
The best part, this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian friendly, and supports anyone looking to eat either plant-based diets or to increase the amount of plant-based food and beverages consumed.
We have sampled this recipe at many of our farmer's markets and events with amazing feedback! Chai tea is already one of our most popular teas, but this recipe takes it to a whole new level!
Chai tea is not only delicious, but it's loaded with many amazing health benefits. Most of these benefits exist because of the extra ingredients used to produce the Chai. Whether its vitamin C found in cardamom, antioxidants from the black teas, or digestive qualities from the ginger, each ingredient brings significant health benefits to this tasty tea.
Turmeric on its own is an ingredient with many significant health benefits. Turmeric is known for being anti-inflammatory which helps fight heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's, and various degenerative conditions.
Turmeric also increases the body's antioxidant capacity, improves brain function while lowering the risk of brain diseases, lowers the risk of heart disease, can help prevent cancer, aids in Arthritis pain management, and can tackle depression and depressive symptoms.
Black tea is well known for its caffeine content. The rough comparison is one cup of black tea is equivalent to roughly 3/4 cup of coffee. Obviously there's some variance here depending on the strength of the tea or the strength of the coffee, but generally speaking, you can give yourself quite the energy boost by consuming black tea. While coffee does have some benefits that black tea does not, one of my favorite qualities you can get from tea is that the energy is much more sustainable. With coffee I often find myself hitting a wall sometime around noon. That doesn't happen with tea, which is why this delicious recipe is great for either replacing your morning coffee or to drink around brunch to sustain your energy through the day.
The organic ginger root in our Chai tea is scientifically proven to help improve digestion. Ginger improves blood circulation which improves oxygen delivery to our organs allowing them to function better, including the digestive organs.
Black pepper is also known for aiding digestion by helping the pancreas produce healthy digestive enzymes. These enzymes are used in the digestive system to speed up digestion, quickly breaking down fats and proteins. By allowing the digestive system to function more efficiently, you can avoid more severe digestive issues such as liver disease, iron deficiencies, and IBS while simultaneously boosting weight loss.
Ginger also plays a significant role in reducing nausea. In fact, ginger is so effective at reducing nausea, it is often recommended to help morning sickness while pregnant.
Aches & Pains
Ginger root and cloves are commonly prescribed and recommended for treating muscular pain, or topical pains. Their effectiveness is so significant Ginger is recommended by doctors for those suffering from arthritis, and cloves are recommended by dentists for dry socket and general tooth pains.
Drinking one cup of Chai tea every day can work wonder for your immune system. Cardamom is not only an ancient anecdotal ingredient used for fending off disease and viruses, but modern science has also discovered that cardamom is chock full of vitamin C and other nutrients known for boosting our immune systems.
Cell Health & Chronic Disease
Black tea is loaded with antioxidants known for eliminating free radicals in our bodies. We consume free radicals into our systems either through pollutants or chemicals in our food, or by the environments and air we live in. Free radicals are linked to chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as some cancers. By eliminating free radicals through consuming antioxidants we can improve our odds of fighting off these horrific diseases.
Cinnamon is commonly known for lowering bad cholesterols in our bodies, as well as lowering blood pressure. One of the cholesterols cinnamon effectively reduces is blood cholesterols which subsequently assist in improving heart health.
Chai Tea Moon Milk Demonstration
So now that we have mapped out the amazing and significant health benefits of Chai tea, let's get into making this delicious Chai Moon Milk recipe.
What you will need:
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 tsp Chai Tea
1/4 tsp Ashwagandha Root
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Agave for sweetening
8 oz of water
How to make this delicious Chai Moon Milk:
Boil your water
Add your Chai tea to your boiled water and allow to steep for no more than 5 minutes. Any longer and you could burn the Chai tea resulting in a bitter, burnt flavor.
While your tea is brewing, add Almond Milk, Ashwagandha root, Turmeric, Coconut Oil and Agave to a mason jar.
Stir your ingredients well
Add your brewed Chai Tea
Serve and Enjoy!
There are a lot of different ways you can customize this recipe. We use Almond milk, but you can replace with coconut milk, pea protein milk or another milk source. You can also use different sweeteners other than agave.
If you tried this recipe as-is, or made some customizations of your own, let us know in the comments! We would love to hear about your experience and maybe bounce some ideas around about ways to improve this recipe!
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