When you think of something soothing to drink, do you think of a nice steaming, hot cup of your favorite brewed tea? Thoughts of chamomile comes to mind to help the body and mind relax. Besides being a comfort beverage, many teas have been used as a weight loss tea.
This delicious chai tea recipe contains various kinds of spices to give a wonderfully sweet-scented, spicy aroma and a flavor that will satisfy your taste buds. By themselves, these spices have powerful health benefits, and collectively they have a synergistic effect making them quite beneficial to the body.
When using herbs and spices more is not always better. For example, too much nutmeg (one to three nuts or less) can cause side effects, e.g., nausea, swelling, hallucinating and shock. Of course, when making a large batch of tea, which my recipe makes, the nutmeg chemical properties will not be in high concentrations.
To give a quick synopsis of chai; chai is really just a word used in other cultures for tea. In the west we consider chai tea to be a combination of black tea and spices, with milk, we call it a chai tea latte. However, the true terminology for a spiced tea/chai tea would be masala chai meaning spiced tea. By saying chai tea, you are actually saying tea tea, which is considered a tautology, for example, saying widow women. Incidentally, the term chai tea may be used to indicate a distinctive between other types of tea and spiced tea or spiced tea with milk.
As you will notice, the recipe calls for green tea instead of black tea. The reason for this is the tremendous medicinal properties it contains, especially polyphenols, a series of chemicals known as catechins. One in particular is Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is one of the most potent antioxidants. Other health promoting benefits, but not limited to, include:
- Support healthy digestion
- Aid weight loss
- Promote healthy function of your brain and liver
- Cardiovascular health
- Support your immune system
- Fight the signs of normal aging
You are not limited to using green tea; black tea can also be used. I have used both before.
- 1 small handful of fresh ginger sliced with skin
- 1 green tea bag or loose tea leaves or matcha green tea
- 1 nutmeg
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5-6 cloves
- 5-6 black peppercorns
- 5-6 cardamom seeds
- 1 star anise
- 4-5 allspice
- raw honey, stevia or luo han quo to sweeten (optional)
- milk (optional)
How To Prepare Chai Tea
Boil one large pot full, about six quarts, of boiling water. Add the ginger and allow to boil approximately 20 minutes. Then add the nutmeg cut in half, two cinnamon sticks broken into pieces, cloves, black peppercorns, cardamom seeds cut in half, star anise and the allspice. Allow this to simmer for one to two hours. The longer it simmers, the stronger the tea.
Let cool and then strain into a glass carafe for storage. When serving you can either reheat or serve over ice. Additionally, sweetener, such as raw honey, luo han quo or stevia can be added in addition to milk. If adding honey, add while it is still hot or warm, so it will dissolve easily especially if you will be serving the tea over ice. Another option is to leave unsweetened, and, when serving, the individual can add sweetener to their liking.
- anti-flatulent properties
- improve digestion
- rich in potassium, manganese, iron, copper, selenium, and magnesium
- contains vitamins A, B-6 (pyridoxine), C, riboflavin and niacin
- relieves gas pains and bloating
- help congestion
- relieves coughing
- may increase metabolism
- may help prevent fat accumulation
- improves digestion
- antibacterial and antioxidant support
- aid weight loss
- stimulates thermogenesis, which simply means the creation of heat. When we create heat, we burn calories
- increase metabolism
- burn body fat
- soothes the body’s digestive system
- helps body process food more efficiently
- good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium
- rich in vitamins C, niacin and riboflavin
- rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fiber.
- helps regulate blood sugar levels
- increase insulin levels
- increase metabolism of glucose
- helps prevent increased storage of fat and enables weight loss
- helps prevent the transformation of the metabolized sugar into fat
- delays stomach emptying thereby increasing satiety
- aids body in processing carbohydrates
- helps burn body fat.
- help in speeding up metabolism
- reduce the sugar levels in your body
- aid in eliminating intestinal parasites, fungi and bacteria
- antioxidant properties
- provide relief from asthma and bronchitis
- soothes nausea and motion sickness
- relieves morning sickness
- anti-inflammatory properties
- eliminates intestinal gas
- relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract
- antioxidant properties
- boosts the immune system
- encourages bile flow
- aid in weight loss by increasing metabolism
- known as a thermogenic food
- increase circulation
- cholesterol lowering
- improve concentration
- nutmeg oil may help toothaches
- improving concentration
- may cause drowsiness
It is well known that these numerous spices are helpful to digestion in many ways, and, as a result, they assist the body in weight loss. Of course, this does not substitute for lousy eating habits. Furthermore, these plant compounds are known to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. Whether you are drinking as a weight loss tea or not, this tea is a delightful beverage to enjoy. If you are not apt to go through all the trouble of making your own tea, try this exquisite vanilla chai tea. It is a USDA-certified organic, caffeine-free tea. It is a warm, sweet herb blend containing cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, licorice root and vanilla bean.
Cheers to you!