Chaga Tea Latté

I have finally found a reasonable substitute for coffee!  When I gave up caffeine, what I missed most was my morning ritual of a steaming cup of joe with warm milk and a dash of raw sugar and cinnamon.   So I switched to decaf.  But then I started to reduce my dairy intake and almond milk in my coffee just wasn’t cutting it.  I tried herbal tea, but most kinds don’t pair well with non-dairy milk either (at least not for me).  I craved the creaminess of foamed milk and the nutty flavour of the coffee bean.  Enter chaga tea.

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Chaga is a mushroom that grows on living birch trees (yes, it’s Canadian!).  It is chalk full of antioxidants, and not just one antioxidant, a whole variety of them, making it an effective combatant to infection and disease.  It also contains vitamins D and A, nutrients we Canadians need in the winter.  On top of that, chaga is alkalizing.  Most of us eat foods that make our bodies too acidic and chaga counteracts that.  Lastly, it’s an adaptogen, meaning that it works with your unique chemical make-up to rebalance elements like blood pressure and hormones.

So instead of waking yourself up with caffeine, energize yourself with something that will strengthen your immune system instead of weaken it, balance your blood sugar instead of throwing it off, alkalize your body instead of acidify it and provide nutrients instead of depleting them.  Try chaga tea.

Here’s how to make a chaga tea latté:

Ingredients (makes 4 cups)

  • 2-3 Tbsps. chaga
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup almond milk (1/4 cup for each cup of tea)
  • honey to taste
  • dash each cinnamon and nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Place chaga in a litre of water in a pot on the stove
  2. Heat to boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes.  Discard cinnamon stick, but store the chaga pellets in the freezer to use again 2-3 more times (until the tea no longer turns dark reddish-brown when you simmer)
  3. Warm the almond milk in another small pot (or in the microwave) whisking with honey to form a froth (or put in a milk frother if you have one)
  4. Top each cup of tea with a 1/4 cup almond milk and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
  5. Save any leftover tea in the fridge to reheat or drink it iced

 



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