An herbal tea treat – Rooibos Tea Latte

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Good morning everyone and happy Friday!

Most days, there is nothing I enjoy more than a hot cup of tea–this even includes hot summer days–and the beauty of tea is, it’s really what you make it.  There are many varieties and variations and that’s part of what is so exciting to me; the diversity.  Much to my surprise, I found out that January is National Hot Tea Month, which is both frivolous and exciting at the same time.  A month entirely devoted, for those interested, to tea… how lovely!

Here is the tea latte I’ve been hooked on lately. This warm beverage will delight your palate for sure.

Rooibus Tea Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp loose-leaf rooibos tea/8 oz liquid or 1 tea bag  (if preparing for one person)
  • 2 or 3 drops liquid stevia or 1/2 bag of powdered stevia or another sweetener as you see fit
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Measure out loose-leaf tea into infusion ball or biodegradable tea bag and place at the bottom of your favorite mug
  2. Drip stevia over the top of bag or, if using powder, hold
  3. Heat up a kettle with hot water
  4. While water begins the boiling process, begin to heat almond milk in a small sauce pan over medium heat
  5. Add vanilla extract to milk
  6. Begin whisking milk constantly until a light foam has been created (whisk longer if you want a more airy drink– like a cappuccino)
  7. When the kettle whistles, pour a small amount of hot water over the rooibos tea, just enough to barely submerge tea bag and cover for 4 or 5 minutes
  8. Once milk is hot and tea has steeped, remove the tea bag and quickly pour steamy, foamy milk over tea
  9. At this point, stir in the powdered sweetener if this is the alternative you’re using
  10. Sip and enjoy!
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tea bag, spoon, tea

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Definition of Tea (Merriam-Webster)

tea

noun ˈtē

: a drink that is made by soaking the dried leaves of an Asian plant in hot water

: a similar drink that is made by using the dried leaves of another kind of plant

: the dried leaves that are used in making tea

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The scoop on Rooibos tea

  • Hails from a South African bush
  • Truly an herb, not ‘tea’
  • Low in ‘tanins’.  Tanins are the compounds in the plant that lend to the bitter or astringent taste that often is accompanied with tea and can negatively affect digestion.
  • Aids in headaches
  • Caffeine-free
  • Helps relieve stomach cramps
  • Boosts immune system
  • No oxalic acid, therefore suitable for those with kidney stone issues
  • Packed with minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid
  • Helps to quench sweet tooth as it is naturally very sweet
  • Many more qualities, see some of the sources below.

The tea I used:

Shaman’s Secret Organic Tea by Serengeti Teas And Spices – A shop in Harlem, New York

Ingredients:  rooibos, hibiscus, lemon peel, strawberry, almond, pineapple, rose petals, lotus flower petals, white peppercorns, lemon verbena, elderflower, milk thistle, nettle

Today, I wanted to engage you all and ask what are your favorite teas?  What could you not go a day or couple of days without?  Do you create your own tea blends?  Do you only use loose leaf or do you simplify with boxes of tea in an assortment of types?  Do you drink mainly decaf herbal or caffineated and herbal?  What’s your tea personality? I want to know!

And remember…bite responsibly!

Healthy Regards,

 

RAM

sources:  Cornell University

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