Happy Holidays Beauty! A good cup of tea is like an old friend, bringing comfort on even the rainiest (or snowiest), of days. I’m pretty obsessed with tea myself (in fact I’m drinking a cup as I write this), and when I’ve traveled to countries like Sri Lanka, Morocco, England and India, where drinking is a huge part of their culture, I’ve grown to appreciate it even more.
So I thought- with all the benefits such as antioxidants in tea, why not create a new smoothie recipe with tea actually in it. Interesting, right? :) My Chai Tea Warming Smoothie Recipe has the warming flavors of India, and acts as a natural digestive aid—giving you a wonderful sense of well being.
Quick Recap on Chai
Chai (which is pronounced so that it rhymes with pie), is from India and is a spiced milk tea that is generally made up of rich black tea (we’ll be brewing organic chai tea in this recipe though!), heavy milk (we’ll be using plant-based coconut milk instead), various combination of spices, and a sweetener (we’re using coconut nectar or raw honey but feel free to use other substitutes).
I drank tons of chai the first time I went to India, driving on trains through small villages. Men with thermoses would pour it into my cup right through the windows of the train. But then I noticed that some of the thermoses were getting filled with water that came from the communal bathing spots- I saw some people scooping the water right from the washing bins. And while the water was boiled to make it safe to drink…it was just too much for me, and that was the end of my chai drinking adventures. :( Which was good thing anyways, as I was past due on giving up dairy as well, at that point!!
The most common spices that are used in chai are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper—though the spices used, vary from region to region, and even among households in India. And what do these spices have in common? They provide anti-Inflammatory effects, antioxidants, and digestive support!
Now it’s time to see this smoothie come to life for you!
Indian chai produces such a warm, soothing effect, and by adding it to this smoothie, it makes it so fulfilling, it will be difficult to resist a second cup! ;)
Ready to get your brew on….
- 1½ cups hot brewed organic chai tea (Use organic tea)
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ¼ inch chunk ginger, grated or finely chopped
- ½ Tbs. coconut nectar or raw honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cloves
- Add all ingredients to blender. Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth. If needed gradually increase to higher speeds and blend until smooth.
Happy blending and don’t forget to add this to your Pinterest Smoothie board!
All my love,