Wisconsin winter evenings are made for cuddling up with a good book and sipping hot chocolate! I have discovered an alternative beverage, chai tea latte. It is a sweet blend of black tea, spices, and milk. Yum!
I’ve talked about how important it is to get to know your own body. The reason is to learn what may cause an arthritic flare, what makes you feel good and what makes you feel lousy. I’ve learned my body doesn’t like preservatives or too much sugar. It makes me feel yucky and my joints become sore. I know some people react to dyes, dairy products, gluten or specific foods, but my thing is preservatives and sugar! Because I can tolerate some sugar, the chai tea latte is a great choice for me as a special treat!
I’ve also talked about keeping life simple. Once I was diagnosed with RA (rheumatoid arthritis), I knew my fatigue was always going to be a factor in my day-to-day lifestyle. I started purposing to have a great quality of life, only simplified. The chai tea latte is really simple if you use one of the prepared concentrates. Add 1/2 cup milk to 1/2 cup chai tea concentrate, then heat it on the stove or in the microwave. I also like to brew a spiced tea and add milk. Either way, it’s a fun way to warm up on these cold winter nights!
The chai tea latte often contains some spices known to have health benefits. Ginger is a spice used in chai teas. Ginger contains gingerols which are potent anti-inflammatory compounds. Another tasty spice in chai tea is cinnamon. Cinnamon is loaded with highly potent polyphenol antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects. For a person with RA, any time I can consume something anti-inflammatory, it is good!
Give chai tea latte a try and let me know what you think! Let me know of any interesting twists to your latte! Keep it simple and enjoy! XOXO Cathy