Masala-Chai Thrive Smoothie

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.

Chai Thrive Smoothie mise en place / food prep

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.

Masala-Chai Thrive Smoothie

Looking for other varieties that are Thrive Smoothie approved? I have 7 VERY different and absolutely delicious Thrive Smoothies that have 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 7: Thrive Smoothie OG, Resort-Refresh Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Berry-Basil Thrive Smoothie, Choc-PB-Nana Thrive Smoothie, Mocha-Mousse Thrive Smoothie, Matcha-Mint 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.

Chai Thrive Smoothie

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Recipe by Priscilla Soligo Course: Snacks, Thrive Smoothies
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes

Ingredients

  • 45g 1½ Cups Dark Leafy Greens

  • 240g 1 Cup Earl Grey Tea, cooled, or chilled

  • 120g ½ Cup Canned Coconut Milk, full cream

  • 20g Protein powder ( is not the weighted measurement it is the amount of protein)

  • 10g Piece Piece of Fresh Ginger

  • 2 Tbsps Fibers to choose from: Chia (thicker smoothie), or ground flax, or acacia (thinner smoothie & most gentle), or psyllium husk or powder (no more than 1 Tbsp, as it’s super thick – mix with 1 Tbsp of another fiber here), or use a combination. Start with 2 Tbsps and if you’re still hungry add an extra Tbsp next time. Drink plenty of water when increasing fiber intake and go slow.

  • 1g ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon

  • Pinch Ground Cardamom

  • Pinch Ground Nutmeg

  • Pinch Ground Cloves

  • Pinch Black Pepper

  • ½ Cup Ice

Directions

  • In a high speed blender, add in the liquids.
  • Add in remaining ingredients.
  • Blend all ingredients until well integrated and creamy smooth.
  • Optional: Sprinkling of cinnamon on top

Notes

  • Storage: Smoothies are best consumed immediately after blending to prevent oxidation and for best taste, nutrient density and flavour. I recommend having your ingredients prepped ahead of time and quickly blending before you head out the door if you are taking this on your way to work, or out with you. Thrive smoothies are potable too!

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