There are quite a few things that I am utterly obsessed with at the moment…
Homemade yerba mate chai.
Soba noodles with mung bean sprouts.
Kettlebells. (If you live in Seattle, Kettlebility‘s classes are awesome!)
Tim Ferris and The 4 Hour Workweek.
Chicago Fire on NBC. (a.k.a. A drama about beautiful people that rescue people. I’m in.)
Popcorn with a little coconut oil and sea salt. Pure bliss.
Kris Carr’s new cookbook.
Danielle LaPorte and The Desire Map.
Yoga pants. Always and forever.
And yerba mate tea. Ooh how I love mate tea.
I first began drinking mate tea in college and instantly fell in love. Later that year I completely gave up coffee for mate and have never looked back. Yerba mate tea is a South American tea that tastes sweet and grassy. To me, it has a milder taste compared to green tea. I prefer to drink mate because it gives me an energy boost without the side effects of caffeine (e.g. headache, jitters, etc) that I experience when I have black tea or coffee. You can find mate at any health food store or online.
I love drinking mate tea with just a little homemade vanilla almond milk, but I decided to change it up this week with a simple mate chai. If you don’t like the taste of mate tea or prefer to have a caffeine-free version, simply sub rooibus tea instead.
Yerba Mate Chai
Adapted from Simply Recipes
Recipe type: Drinks
- ½ of a star anise star
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole white peppercorns
- 1 cardamon pod opened to the seeds
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, mashed
- 3 cups water
- 2 heaping tablespoons of yerba mate tea (or another tea of your choice)
- 3 cups almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- Sweetener of choice, to taste
- In a small saucepan, add spices and water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 - 20 minutes, depending on how strong you want the spice flavor to be.
- Add almond milk to the water and spices. Bring the milk and spice mixture just to a boil and remove from heat. Add the tea and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Add sweetener to taste, if desired. Strain into a pot and serve warm.
Makes 1 large pot of tea (6 cups)