Excerpted from Super Powders by Katrine van Wyk.
The spices found in traditional chai tea are warming, comforting, and exciting all at once. This version also includes some great skin-benefiting ingredients: pearl for that glowing-from-within skin, collagen to plump and increase elasticity, and maca for hormone balance and energy. The spices are anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-balancing, and the heat from the pepper and ginger are great for boosting your digestive fire.
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½ cup warm water
1 Tbs. sliced fresh ginger
1 tea bag (dandelion root, rooibos, or decaf chai blend)
1 cup almond milk
4 cardamom pods, smashed
1 cinnamon stick, or ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. pearl powder
1/4 tsp. maca
¼ tsp. rhodiola
1 Tbs. collagen peptides
1 tsp. raw honey
- Place warm water and ginger in small pot, and bring to a simmer. Turn down heat, add tea bag, and let steep 5 minutes. Remove ginger and tea bag.
- Add nut milk, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick, and gently warm, being careful not to simmer or boil the milk.
- Strain into a mug and add the adaptogen powders and collagen. Whisk well to combine.
- Add raw honey, and sip.
- Calories: 70
- Carbohydrate Content: 9 g
- Fat Content: 3 g
- Protein Content: 2 g
- Sodium Content: 190 mg
- Sugar Content: 6 g