I mentioned on Facebook that I was working on a recipe for a clean eating chia latte. The response I got surprised me. I had no idea this drink was so popular!
What I love about this recipe (and about all clean eating), is that I know exactly what ingredients are in my cup. And I know that each and every one of them has a wonderful nutritious benefit. Something about that knowledge makes this cup of tea taste even better. Plus, I never have to spend a small fortune at Starbucks again! (Scroll to the bottom to find the nutrition value of a Starbucks Chai Latte!)
And did I mention that Rooibos (pronounced “Roy-Boss”) tea is naturally caffeine free? In fact, here’s a little info on this fabulous little plant:
Rooibos Leaf (Redbush)
Rooibos Leaf is a shrubby African legume that is a bedtime favorite among South African herbalists, consumers and even physicians. South Africans also use it to improve appetite, calm the digestive tract and reduce nervous tension. They regard it as safe enough to give infants. This sweet, relaxing tea enhances immune response, balances seasonal respiratory changes, balances blood sugar and blood fats and helps with heartburn. (Source)
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Clean Eating Chai Latte
(Makes 2 servings)
Note: I make this entire recipe in my glass (pyrex) measuring cup (2 cup measure). It’s just easier that way.
- 1 3/4 cup boiling water
- 2 tea bags of Chai Rooibos tea
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 10 whole cloves
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup non-fat milk
- 2 teaspoons honey (optional)
- Place the tea bags, cinnamon stick, ginger and whole cloves in a glass measuring cup.
- Pour the boiling water into the same measuring cup.
- Allow to steep for at least 10-15 minutes. But for a truly strong and spicy flavor, you will want to let it steep much longer. Taste it every ten minutes to find out what strength you enjoy.
- If you want it sweet, add the sweetener and stir to dissolve.
- Add your milk.