During the winter, I often enjoy a warm beverage after dinner. Usually I just pick a decaf tea bag out of my vast collection. When I saw this recipe in Prevention, I decided to give it a try.
Ginger has many positive effects on the body, especially when it comes to digestion. It helps break down proteins and fat in the stomach and intestines which alleviates gas and bloating. It stimulates the flow of blood throughout the body. Ginger can also help lessen feelings of stomach upset and nausea.
If you are having any digestive issues, try a cup of this tea after your evening meal.
Adapted from Prevention
4 cups water
15 whole cloves
15 white cardamom pods
15 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cinnamon sticks
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 4 slices
zest from half a large orange
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
honey or another sweetener (optional)
lemon slices or wedges (optional)
Combine water, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns, cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add orange zest and vanilla extract and simmer another 5 to 10 minutes. Strain, then add sweetener and garnish with lemon, if desired.
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: There aren’t any calories to speak of in this tea unless you add a sweetener.