Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Recipe: Good for Digestion + Just Good.

I don't know about you this Thanksgiving, but this year, I'm cooking next to nothing! Bwahahaha! I've got multiple homes to visit! I have some light dishes and beverages planned to share with friends and family this year as opposed to the usual heavy holiday fare. I'll share these recipes on the blog as the holiday approaches. First I'm starting with something simple and delicious (that will make your home smell AMAZING while you make it) that's actually good for digestion!

Ingredients:

1/2 TSP All Spice
1/2 TSP Cardamom
1/2 TSP Dried Ginger
1/2 TSP Fenugreek (optional)
1/2 TSP Orange Peel Powder (DIY here)
1/2 TSP Ground Nutmeg
1 to 2 Cinnamon Sticks
Coconut Sugar, Brown Sugar or Stevia to Taste
6 to 8 Black Tea Bags or 1 to 3 Tablespoons Loose Black Tea to taste


Directions:

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add all of your ingredients save for your black tea, reduce to medium heat and boil for five minutes.

Add your black tea bags and cook on low for another 5 minutes, then remove from heat and let your black tea steep. The longer it steeps, the more caffeine your tea will have.

This makes the whole house smell amazing while it cooks!

Strain your tea with a fine mesh strainer, sweeten to taste. Add 1 to 3 cups of milk. (Read here for tips on making your own vegan nut milks.)

This tea tastes amazing served hot or cold. I like to refrigerate this the night before and have it in the morning with vegan creamer or milk. The high amount of black tea makes it a great coffee substitute!

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This tea is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, cold-fighting, slightly detoxing, anti-gas (add 1 tablespoon fennel to increase that potency) and all-around healthy and good for you, especially during the time of year where it's hard to resist that extra brownie or cookie. Sip because it's delicious, guilt-free, and good for you!

And if you want it to be bad for you, I think it would taste good with kahlua as the creamer. Juuust sayin'...


What are you making and/or doing for Thanksgiving? I'm formulating a light green bean casserole, perhaps a desert, hmm....
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