Aromatic and comforting this Chai Thrive Smoothie has calming properties to soothe and ground you. Bergamot in earl grey tea (I prefer organic teabags) has been scientifically shown to have a calming effect on the central nervous system and it can help to boost your mood. The polyphenols present in black tea inhibit obesity by suppressing the digestion and absorption of lipid and complex sugar. Some studies suggest that black tea polyphenols are a lot more efficacious than green tea polyphenols and that regular consumption of black tea may even help prevent cancer tumor growth. You can use whatever black tea you prefer, but I prefer the aromatic calming effects of earl grey.
Feel free to experiment with your black tea brew using other teas commonly steeped to make masala chai such as, Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon, or Rooibos tea. If you prefer ‘sans-caffeine,’ you can use decaffeinated black tea, or simply leave it out and sub the one cup of tea for 1 cup of water, or plant-based milk – this smoothie will still have the masala chai herbs and spices that give you that soothing chai-charge. Chai, or ‘cha,’ means ‘tea,’ so calling chai ‘chai tea,’ is saying ‘tea tea,’ so we need to drop the ‘tea!’ 😉
The full cream canned (or tetra-packed) coconut milk in this recipe acts as the healthy fat, so we aren’t using any additional nut butter, or avocado. This is another fruit-free smoothie in addition to my Resort-Refresh Thrive Smoothie. In ancient Ayurvedic practice masala chai is believed to aid in digestion whereby the milk and spices reduce the effects of caffeine in the black tea. Fresh ginger used in this smoothie has been shown to have high anti-inflammatory effects and in Ayurvedic Medicine reduces ‘ama,’ or toxins.
Looking for other varieties that are Thrive Smoothie approved? I now have 10 VERY different and absolutely delicious Thrive Smoothies! Each of them has been formulated using the science to help balance your blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity, regulate your hunger hormone, feed your good gut-buddies in your microbiota, curb sugary cravings and keep you feeling full for hours. Here are the 10: Thrive Smoothie OG, Resort-Refresh Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Berry-Basil Thrive Smoothie, Mocha-Mousse Thrive Smoothie, Choc-PB-Nana Thrive Smoothie, Matcha-Mint Thrive Smoothie, (fruit-free) Golden-Creamsicle Thrive Smoothie, Piña Colada Thrive Smoothie, Snickerdoodle-Holiday Thrive Smoothie, (fruit-free) and this one! Don’t forget to tag me if you make this recipe on my Instagram at @thrivewithpriscilla – I love seeing your creations! Happy thriving.