Honey + Ginger + Black Pepper Spiced Rooibos Tea Latte // What I'm Reading

It is early this morning and I have just finished an essay that is due later today (thanks for all of the support friends!). I'll keep this short because I have to head to school soon and present this paper for my class. How are your weeks going? Anyone else struggling to complete end of semester essays and exams? Good luck <3 

The book Gut by Giulia Enders fell into my hands through kind of a funny story. Last summer I was experiencing some digestive problems/ just all around discomfort in the stomach area. So, I went to see a nutritionist (this is her website, she is really great) and after a few sessions I was like wow, this stuff is not only pain relieving, but super interesting and I want to know it all! Fast forward a few months and this book, Gut, started popping up in all of my favourite book stores. I usually don't buy new books (because $$$$$), but I was so tempted by this one and would spend a few minutes reading it every time I saw it on the shelf. Finally, during winter break on a cold day in January, Sebastian and were walking around Roncesvalles (in Toronto) and stepped into this bookshop. After debating for a few minutes, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and get the book. At that moment Sebastian burst out "Why do you always buy yourself the presents I planned on buying for you?" It turned out that every time I was debating whether or not to buy it he was secretly discouraging me so that he could get it himself. Clearly I have a problem with surprises. 

Anyways, it all worked out and now I have this amazing book. I really can't recommend it enough if you're interested in bodies/nutrition/health etc. I am still only half way through (because school readings) but I feel like I have learned so much about the way my gut functions. Enders writes in a way that is completely understandable to people who have no science background, and uses metaphors and cute (really super cute) illustrations done by her sister to help you through each section of the book. It is cleaver, funny, and super informative. Pick up a copy and let me know what you think! 

Just a few notes on the recipe. This has become my go to soothing drink. I haven't been drinking coffee for the last few weeks because it is not agreeing so well with my digestion/ lots of belly aches. This drink is spicy, sweet, creamy, smooth, and calming. I've been making these plant lattes for a while now and even though there are so many amazing combinations, this is the one that I keep coming back to. I hope you love it as much as I do :)

Honey + Ginger + Black Pepper Spiced Rooibos Tea Latte

Makes one mug full

Recipe inspired by The First Mess - This super awesome recipe :)

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plant milk (I like cashew or coconut)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp loose leaf rooibos tea (or a mix of rooibos and black tea)
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns 
  • 1 inch knob ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 tsp honey
  • sprinkle of chili powder for serving 

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Notes

Combine the plant milk, water, rooibos tea, peppercorns, and ginger in a small saucepan on medium heat. Bring mixture to an almost boil and then remove from heat, stirring regularly. Along the tea to steep for 2 more minutes and then strain the liquid into a blender, discarding the loose tea, ginger, and peppercorn remnants. 

Blend the steeped tea with the honey and coconut oil for 20 - 30 seconds, until smooth and frothy. Sprinkle with chili powder and enjoy hot! 

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