• Marisa Barsotti RD,LD, A.H.E., RYT

What's in YOUR Tea Cup?


Winter has washed over us, and what comes to mind is the opportunity to spice and warm up what's in my tea cup in a way that summer doesn't always allow with pitta being the other half of my personal predominant constitution.

The other half of my predominating constitution is Vata. Winter lends itself, personally, to dry, cracked skin, hair, nails, eyes, and weak digestive fire .

Enter ALL the spices. In moderate amounts, at least. TOO much spiciness can either aggrevate vata further, or pitta. So what type of teas are good to boost digestive fire without aggrevation? Here are a handful of my go to teas that keep me warm and digestion boosted throughout the winter months.

Warm Spiced Chai

*This can be tripled, and kept in a slow cooker on low for the day if you want more servings.*

3 cups water

4 cloves

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground black cardamom

1 tea bag of choice (I prefer Roobois, or 1 tbsp Dandy blend) *Keep in mind to limit caffeine if Vata is out of balance, as this can be aggrevating.*

1 cup milk of choice OR 1/4 cup heavy cream

1 tbsp natural sweetener of choice (Honey, succanut, jaggery, coconut sugar etc.

*Keep in mind to avoid sugar alcohols (cause gas and bloating) and sugar substitutes.*

Directions:

Boil the water and spices for 5 minutes. Add the tea and bring to a low simmer for another 5.

Add the milk and natural sweetener, turn off heat, and enjoy.

Vanilla Ginger Turmeric

3 cups water

1 tbsp fresh chopped ginger OR 1 tsp dry

1 tbsp fresh chopped turmeric OR 1 tsp dry

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup milk of choice OR 1/4 cup heavy cream

1 tbsp natural sweetener of choice (Honey, succanut, jaggery, coconut sugar etc.

*Keep in mind to avoid sugar alcohols (cause gas and bloating) and sugar substitutes.*

Directions:

Boil water, ginger, and turmeric for 10 minutes.

Strain into milk/cream of choice.

Add vanilla and sweetener.

Enjoy.

Golden Dandy Blend

3 cups water

2 tbsp Dandy Blend

2 tbsp Coconut/Turmeric Creamer

1 tbsp natural sweetener of choice (Date water, honey, succanut, jaggery, coconut sugar etc.

*Keep in mind to avoid sugar alcohols (cause gas and bloating) and sugar substitutes.*

*The two products above are personal kitchen staples. I have honestly used them for YEARS. I am not paid or an affiliate with either of these two companies in any way shape or form. I simply find them 2 of the most delicious products on the market when it comes to tea. If you ever come to one of my yoga classes, nutrition workshops, or have consultations with me; we will or have had these beverages.*

There are many other teas that I love to drink, and it's one of my peaceful habits to either sit down and enjoy a cup of tea or to wander about town on a day off and explore the multitude of tea options we are so blessed to have at our fingertips.

If you're interested in what I am drinking or what I do recommend; shoot me a message through my site and I'm happy to share what's in my cup to help you, too, digest peacefully!

#vata #winter #pitta #spicedtea #ayurvedicdietitian #peacefuldigestion

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R.D., L.D., R.Y.T., 

Ayurvedic Health Educator

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