Yield: serves 2
- 1 cup water
- 1 blueberry tea bag
- 1 whole clove
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 whole allspice
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 cup non-dairy milk
- In a small saucepan, bring water, cloves, ¾ tsp cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice to a boil, whisking occasionally.
- Once boiling, turn off the heat and allow for the spices to steep for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, turn the heat back on and add the blueberry tea bag and 1 tsp honey. Return to a slight boil.
- Once slight boil has been reached, again turn off the heat and allow the tea bag to steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove tea bag and strain tea through a fine mesh strainer. Set aside. Pour milk into a microwave safe container with a cover; add the honey and remaining cinnamon. Cover and shake vigorously for 60 seconds. Place in microwave, uncovered, and heat for 45 seconds.
- Pour ½ cup of the chai tea into each mug and slowly add half the frothy milk to the tea in each mug.
- A systematic review completed in 2013 exemplified cinnamon to have a plethora of health benefits. Cinnamon was shown to have antimicrobial, antioxidant, blood sugar lowering, and anti-inflammatory activities. Further research is needed to explore the extent of healthful benefits in humans, but we don’t hesitate to add this spice to lattes, smoothies, and sweet potatoes!
Recipe created by Alexandra Regalado, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with El Camino Health's Lifestyle Medicine Program. Click here for more information on Lifestyle Medicine, including available classes, locations and program tracks.