- when I didn't drink my latte first thing in the morning I would have an excruciating headache by 10:00AM;
- around 2:00-3:00PM I would experience a rapid energy slump;
- I was visiting the ladies' room much more than usual; and
- perhaps most disturbing, I was dependent on my latte fix every day...sometimes more than once a day.
As of today, I haven't consciously had anything caffeinated in over a year (Wow...have I really made it that long?)! Believe it or not, I feel better and more confident in my decision than ever. There was a point in my life that I thought I simply couldn't live without my morning cup 'o Joe! Well, I'm living proof that "when there's a will there's a way"!
With that said, I still enjoy something warm and comforting first thing in the morning. When I'm craving something extra decadent, I might whip up one of my hot chocolate recipes (Cinnamon Double Hot Chocolate or Vanilla-Maple Hot Cocoa). But that's a rare occasion. On most morning I drink hot tea...or lately, homemade Indian Chai Tea!
Recently, while flipping through a magazine on the airplane to Emily and Henry's wedding, I stumbled upon Padma Lakshmi's recipe for chai. Since I don't like the sugared-up Starbucks version of the beverage, but I DO love ginger and some of the other spices in this traditional Indian drink, I figured I would give her recipe a shot. Besides, she's Indian-American, so I figured she must know what she's doing. Four batches and a few tweaks later (to make the recipe vegan-friendly) BINGO!
Now I can't get enough of the stuff!
It's in my mug almost every morning!
8 cups filtered water (or tap water)
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp ground cloves
4 Ty-phoo Decaf black tea bags
2 C Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2T brown sugar, lightly packed
- In a large saucepan, combine the water, ginger, cardamom, and cloves.
- Bring to a boil, and then immediately reduce heat to a simmer.
- Add the tea bags, milk, brown sugar, and honey.
- Simmer for an additional 4-5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags from the saucepan.
- Pour the mixture into a large pitcher.
- Serve hot, or cold over ice.
For a normal person, this recipe would make enough chai for approximately eight servings. However, I like BIG OL' MUGS of chai every morning. So, for me, this chai is gone in about five days!
All this talk of chai makes me feel like heating up a mug now!
(Yes, I know it's 12:39 in the afternoon.
It's always the right time for chai!)
Question of the Day:
I'd love to hear from you! What is your morning beverage of choice (i.e. coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, chai, latte, cappuccino, orange juice...the list could go on and on)?!
Ally and Bo