Thirsty Thursday: Pumpkin Chai Latte

No, not the one from those coffee shops. A much more delicious – and healthy – version that you can make in the comfort of your own home. Really, who wants to leave the house on a brisk -40 day anyway, amiright?

I got this recipe from FoodieWithFamily and adapted it just a pinch (because I didn’t want all the brown sugar). It’s absolutely delicious!

ImagePumpkin Concoction:
1 cup pumpkin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch of salt

Mix these together in a bowl. You’ll only need about 2 tbsp of the mixture for the latte, so you can store the rest in the fridge until an hour later when you want another one ;)

Latte:
Prepare a very strong Chai tea using whatever Chai you have (I used Stash Christmas Chai – usually I would use a loose leaf variety). Use less water than you usually would to leave room for the pumpkin mixture.

Put two tablespoons (or more to taste) of the pumpkin mix in a saucepan with one cup of water. Add honey to taste (I used about a tablespoon for sweetness). Heat on medium heat until the the mixture is steaming. I stirred constantly with a whisk since I’m prone to burn things in saucepans.

Pour the hot pumpkin mixture into your steeped Chai tea. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top and enjoy!

Why This Latte?
Pumpkin is fabulous. Greatist.com describes it as “one of the most nutritious foods out there.” But why?
The answer is beta-carotene. This provitamin is valuable because your body converts it into vitamin A. That’s not all it’s good for; beta-carotene is an immune-boosting superstar and helps to keep your eyesight in prime condition.
Pumpkin is also full of antioxidants, which basically means you should incorporate it into your diet as often as possible (easy with this recipe, eh?). The high fiber content of the squash helps you to squash that weight you’ve been trying to lose (punny, I know) by keeping you full longer with a low caloric intake.

So you eat pumpkin. Or at the very least, make this latte. Do it.

Cheers,

Kathleen

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