One of the best ways to reap the benefits of clove and other medicinal spices is by consuming them through food, on a daily basis. Here at Body Ecology, we love to enjoy this spicy chai tea recipe on a crisp, cold day.
Have you tried BE Sweet? Enjoy our smooth-tasting, diabetic-safe sugar substitute in your next cup of chai tea.
- 1 1/2 cups cold, filtered water
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken
- 3 cardamom pods
- 3 whole cloves
- 2 black peppercorns
- 1 tbsp. rooibos tea
- Fresh ginger, 1/4″ thick
- 1-2 tsp. BE Sweet powder (or to taste)
- To make this chai tea recipe, steep cinnamon in boiling water for two minutes.
- Return pan to heat, and bring to a boil. Add tea, spices, and BE Sweet, and remove pan from heat. Allow to steep for three minutes.
- Strain and enjoy.
We get a lot of questions about beverages from those on the Body Ecology program. What, and how much, should you drink?
Drink water alone. Ideally, drink at least eight glasses per day (depending on your body weight), but not with meals since it dilutes your digestive enzymes. When you get up in the morning, drink two 12-ounce glasses of water almost immediately to hydrate your body — it’ll have become very dehydrated from a long night’s sleep.
At other times, drink no closer than 10 to 15 minutes before a meal, and then wait again an hour or longer after you eat. Drink water at room or body temperature. Ice-cold water shocks the body too much. Try to have at least half your daily water intake by mid-morning; it really revitalizes your system.
A cup of warm tea and/or a bowl of soup can be used to add liquid during a meal. This aids digestion, though soups and teas are foods. And even though they contain water, they’re not as hydrating as water and shouldn’t be counted as one of your eight glasses of water a day.