Chai Tea – A Low-Key Gut Health Hero
Chai tea – a low-key gut-health hero and that’s just one of its many health benefits. Way before matcha cemented its status as MVP (most valuable player) of the tea world, those in the know were sipping on Chai! As a result, they have long been reaping in the therapeutic benefits of Chai tea.
Therapeutic Benefits Of Chai
- Protect against free-radicals: For one thing, Chai’s black-tea base is rich in powerful antioxidants that protect cells from free-radical damage.
- Improves digestion: Black tea has been found to positively impact gut bacteria, help improve metabolism and prevent bloating.
- Can help keep hormones balanced and reduce inflammation.
- May strengthen the immune system with an array of antioxidant-rich spices, and having their own powerful, science-backed healing traits.
- Ginger is a stimulating tonic, and as a result, it is often known to have anti-nausea properties.
- Cardamom has digestive superpowers.
- Cinnamon acts systemically as a smooth muscle relaxant and has been found to balance blood sugar levels.
- Star anise is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A and C, which help fight free radicals that are responsible for early ageing and diabetes.
- Bay leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
- Nutmeg has been found to have health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body and boost skin health.
- Cloves have also been said to have several health benefits, including supporting liver health and helping stabilise blood sugar levels.
‘Real Chai’ with no added nasties – simple!
Chai means literally means “spiced tea”, and it was traditionally consumed to support the digestive system. Our Te Chai is a stunning aromatic blend of herbs, spices and premium Sri Lankan black tea. Put all this together, and you have got a lot of bang for an affordable wellness brew created to retain its restorative and therapeutic properties.
Available in loose leaf and leaf infusers
Cooking With Chai
If you are a chai lover, and you love cooking, you will already know how delicious and easy Chai is to incorporate into recipes. For something super easy try infusing pears with Chai and enjoy them on their own or with a dollop of creamy Greek yoghurt – yum! Not only are pears sweet and juicy, but they are also an unsung hero in the fruit world. Move over apple – a pear day might keep the doctor away too!
Did You Know That Pears Are
- Great for digestion: Consumption of dietary fibre is key for digestive health and preventing constipation. What’s more, a raw pear is 84% water, so if you struggle to stay hydrated throughout the day, this tasty snack can be a way of increasing your intake.
- May help with weight management: While the calorie content of some fruits – such as dates and avocados – can put some people off, there is no such issue with pears.
- A great source of antioxidants: Like the humble tea leaf, pears are a great source of antioxidants and polyphenols, including flavanols. Pears are also a source of the antioxidant nutrient vitamin C!
- They can help balance blood sugar: Pears provide a proportion of their sugar as fructose. Interestingly, fructose-rich foods do not raise blood sugar levels as rapidly as glucose – This means that pears are the perfect sweet snack for balancing blood sugar.
- Are said to provide key minerals: hidden in pears are traces of minerals you might not expect but are key for the body’s wellbeing, such as potassium, magnesium and iron.
Ready. Set. Bake.
For the exception of poaching the pears, this cake recipe literally takes a few minutes to put together, and before you know it this deliciously decadent cake will be in your oven in no time! After that, it’s just waiting patiently for it cool down!
Recipe: Poached Chai Pear and Chocolate Cake
For the poached pears
4 pears, peeled with stems left on
1 bottle (750ml) dry white wine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
4 Madura Te Chai infusers
For the chocolate cake
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a standard-size loaf pan and set it aside. Heat the peeled pears, white wine, sugar, water, and chai tea until boiling, then turn the heat down to simmer. Continue to cook for 45 minutes. Gently remove pears from poaching liquid and cool them slightly. In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and olive oil. Add to flour mixture and whisk everything together until smooth. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. In a small, shallow dish combine 1 tbsp flour, 1 tbsp cocoa powder and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Gently roll each pear in the flour mixture to lightly coat. Place pears, stem sides up, down into the batter evenly placed apart (pears will be exposed at the top, and that is ok as the mixture will rise around them during baking).
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean. Remove the cake and cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 min. Lastly, remove the cake from the pan and let it cool completely. Serve with lashings of dollop cream and cinnamon sugar if you feel in the mood.
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