Morning Chai Light...
Tea is my morning ritual. I do love mornings, and once I've had that first sip of tea, the "fog" lifts and the day can really begin.
During the Christmas holidays I had a lot of whole, dried spices in the house for cooking & baking. I decided to play around with some for making up a chai mixture. Normally, I don't drink my tea with milk or any sweetener, but a homemade cup of chai once in a while brightens a cold, wintry day. A splash of cream, rather than milk, makes for extra indulgence.
I was inspired by this Chai Tea Mix and method of making chai on a blog, having found it via one of my favorite foodie sites, Tastespotting. I couldn't get all the ingredients listed in this recipe, but used it as a base to start with, and added a good spice blend to some Assam/Ceylon black tea blend I had. A bit of honey and a splash of cream, rather than milk, makes for extra indulgence, fragrant cup of morning cheer!
This will be my last cup of black tea for a bit though... Next week I'll be doing a detox/cleanse diet for at least one full week, possibly two. After holiday feasting & treats, and just the thrill of a new year--some internal exfoliating feels good about now! I will be doing a detox similar to one I did last spring. Eliminating sugar, refined carbohydrates, dairy/animal products, caffeine and alcohol. My only deviation from the rule is green tea. I'm allowing myself one or two cups of green tea per day--slowly having been reducing overall caffeine intake since Christmas. But I can drink lots of herbal teas, water, juices--as it's important to up the liquids while on a detox. The idea is to eliminate toxins from the body, jump-start metabolism and recharge the energy levels. I'll be adding yoga to the mix, and making it all a sort of at-home yoga/spa retreat. Good to chase any winter blues away! ;o)
What's in your morning cup? What's your morning ritual? Do you do/try detoxes or cleanses? What's your recipe for curing any winter blues?