Lately, I’ve been supercharging my mornings with a Chia “smoothie” every morning. I say smoothie where others say “pudding” because I try for a thinner consistency so that I can drink it rather than eating it with a spoon. I’ve been combining this with chai spices for an extra healthy boost of energy.
Here’s how to make your Super Chai:
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of articles talking about the health benefits of Chia. With concentrated amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and other minerals, Chia seed packs a powerful high-fiber nutritional punch. It is high in antioxidants and may improve certain blood markers, which could lower the risk of heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
A relative of ginger, turmeric is a perennial plant that grows 5 to 6 feet high in the tropical regions of Southern Asia, with trumpet-shaped, dull yellow flowers. Its roots are bulbs that also produce rhizomes, which then produce stems and roots for new plants.
My friends and family have been trying to get me to try this “Golden Tea” made of turmeric, which is also supposed to have fabulous properties. This is something else that is super popular right now, and something I’ve also been seeing a lot of articles written about.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used for 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems.
Turmeric is another antioxident anti-inflammatory ingrediant. There have been extensive studies on its beneficial effects, however; some of the results have been contradictory. However, in general, research suggests that turmeric may be helpful for the following conditions: stomach issues, osteoarthritis, heart disease, bacterial and viral infections, neurodegenerative conditions, and even cancer.
Like turmeric, cinnamon has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Cinnamon is high in a substance called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for most of the health benefits. Also like turmeric, cinnamon is anti-inflammatory antioxidant and anti-bacterial. According to research, it may cut the risk of heart disease, can improve type 2 diabetes, may have beneficial effects in neurodegenerative conditions, and be protective against cancer.
Once again, ginger has many of the same properties as other chai spices–anti inflammatory, antioxident, and etc. It has been used to treat many of the same ailments as well. *note: I am not a doctor. I am not telling you to use any of these as treatments. Just that historically these spices have been used for these purposes. Ginger root helps improve circulation, helps with stomach ailments and motion sickness, reduce pain and inflammation, fights respitory problems, strengthens immunity, and may even aid in preventing and treating some cancers.
While doing research for this article, I found that my chia smoothie tasted a whole lot like Chai, and for good reason. All of the spices listed in this recipie are spices commonly found in the Indian tea drink. While I don’t use tea in my smoothie, one alternative would be to add black tea or even macha powder to your brew. Another option is to add a bit of anise seed, another commonly found chai spice.
This is better than Chai — it’s Super Chai!
With this protin rich high nutrient high-fiber drink you get a double punch of anti-oxident anti-inflammatory goodness! Even if the benefits turn out to be neglible, it’s Super Tasty!