Best Grounding Chai Latte

IMG_5894The weather!!! hmmmm for the time being seems like fall…Vatas hate this time of season, Pittas love it and Kaphas are starting to go into a deep slumber..totally enjoying being wrapped up and snuggled in a heavy comforter at bed time.

So what to do for those Vata types?….and you know who you are especially now…crying for the summer heat that is leaving us.

Well tip number one for grounding and replenishing believe it or not is …milk.

Milk is best for Vata types!! I am personally not a fan of milk but it is good to ground our poor upset vatas. If you are feeling restless, anxious and cold most of the time have a hot spicy cup of warm milk. A chai latte is an excellent choice. It will help balance you.

*** the key to being able to digest milk is to heat it until it boils then quickly take it off the heat…plus the spices also help in digestion!

Recipe:
small/ med pot
4 C. Water
4 tablespoons Black Tea
6 cardamon pods split on the ends
1 x 1.5 ” piece of ginger
3 anise stars
5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
grated nutmeg
honey(vata and kapha) or maple syrup (pittas) to taste: After it has been strained (better for you- natural)
2 1/2 C. Milk

How to:
Throw your water, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, anise, cloves and black tea in a pot bring to a boil and simmer (cover) for your desired strength (you can also additionally leave it steep depending on how spicy you really want it!) then add the milk and bring it to boil – removing quickly at the first boil.

Strain into a tea cup

Add honey/ maple syrup to taste..let it cool a bit and enjoy!!

This will warm you up and is a great alternative to coffee (Vatas really do NOT need coffee!!! you’ll just become a bundle of nerves – more than you already are!)

Time saving tip:
take all the spices and make one big baggie mixed in with the black tea so all you have to do is take a scoop or two depending on how much tea you will be making or make the water based version and keep it in your fridge and heat up as necessary adding the milk as you go.

Enjoy the sunny day