I am a big time sharer, borderline over-sharer! If I love something, I want to tell the world about it. I don’t have secret recipes, and I would read you something out of my journal if I thought it would help you.
Today I want to share one of my favorite things with you…my tea recipe.
I am a full on tea junkie. I drink hot tea all day long, cup after cup. I stay away from cold drinks per my Ayurveda practitioner’s instructions, and it has done wonders for me. My fingertips and toes used to be cold all the time, but with my routine of three cups of hot tea a day, minimum, I have seen a huge improvement.
Once a day, when I am craving something extra special, I have the following recipe as a treat. It is amazing! I LOVE the flavor of chai tea but I don’t drink caffeine anymore. I taste tested every decaf chai out there, and the Celestial Seasonings one is the best, in my humble opinion 🙂
In as large a mug as I can get my hands on I combine (approximate) equal parts warm vanilla almond milk and boiling water. I throw in a tea bag, add a tablespoon of honey, and a nice dash of cinnamon. There is no way to mess this up, so a little more of something or a little less and you will still be great. This is all to taste.
As you can see from the picture, I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk now because I am staying away from sugar. I will allow myself to use natural sugar, such as honey in moderation. I have been using honey from a beekeeper in my neighborhood, as you can see, it is right out of the comb. It doesn’t get more raw or local than that 🙂
I know that microwaves are not PC these days, so no judgement, but for now I fill half my cup with almond milk, nuke it for about 1 minute 30 seconds, and use instant hot for the hot water. It is quick and easy. I am thinking that a milk steamer may be a lovely Valentine’s Day gift to myself this year, and that would eliminate the microwave from the process.
Now, if you like things on the sweeter side, this drink is delicious with sweetened vanilla almond milk too. And if you drink caffeine, the Tzao Chai is the best. It is important to use an almond milk without carragean so look at labels before you buy. Of course if almond milk isn’t your thing, you can substitute with cow’s milk, soy milk, or whatever you like.
I wanted to also show some of my other favorite kinds to sip on. I LOVE Yogi teas, not only because they taste amazing but they have affirmations attached to the bag so every time you drink their tea you are getting a dose of wisdom and inspiration. My vata tea comes from my Ayurveda practitioner, and I am basically addicted to it! I also love Sleepytime Vanilla and Tzao chamomile. I don’t add anything to these teas when I drink them, which is awesome for my sugar intake.
I have also started drinking warm water with lemon juice, a dash of cinnamon and a small bit of honey in the early morning. It is delish!
Let me know in the comments what your favorite tea or other hot beverage is. I am always looking for new ideas!! If you do try my recipe, I hope you love it as much as I do, and if so, let me know in the comments 🙂