Ever since I spent the weekend at Salt Spring Centre of Yoga I have been hooked on the idea of fresh chai in the morning. There are so many benefits to the combination of spices used in chai and you can enhance the nutritional value by blending it with organic coconut oil and organic raw honey. Cardamom is great for enhancing digestion. Cinnamon helps to relieve morning congestion and increase circulation, Ginger and clove aid to reduce inflammation and ama (built up undigested food residue in your digestive system. No your body is not as efficient as you think!). You will need a blender to make the chai.
Ingredients: (Makes two generous glasses)
750mL of almond milk (either fresh or store bought)
One teaspoon of ginger powder
One teaspoon of cinnamon
Half teaspoon of nutmeg
Quarter teaspoon of allspice
Five to seven cardamom pods
Five to seven whole cloves
Two tablespoons of organic coconut oil
One tablespoon of organic raw honey
Add the almond milk, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and clove to a pot or pan. Turn the stove on to medium heat to slowly warm the milk. Stir often with a whisk to ensure that it does not burn or come to a boil. If it comes to a boil the almond milk may separate so watch it closely. Once the almond milke is to your desired temperature (I like mine pretty warm so usually once it starts to steam a bit), place the almond milk and spice mixture into a blender. Add the coconut oil and honey to the blender. Blend ingredients on High for about a minute to blend the spices and to make it frothy. Strain the mixture back into the pot or into a bowl to remove the larger spice chunks that the blender didn’t take care of. Pour into a glass and enjoy warm. You can always adjust the spices, honey, and coconut oil to make it suit your taste buds.