Last week we had some unseasonably cold weather here in Salt Lake. If only it would’ve lasted a wee bit longer! Like maybe for the rest of the summer? I enjoy the activities summer brings, but could we turn down the heat a little? I don’t enjoy sweating unless I’m burning some serious calories. I don’t think loading the kids into the car technically counts as cardio, but on a hot day it sure feels like it. Louis CK has a bit about white people not being from Earth because we’re not comfortable here. He explains that if we really belonged here we would be comfortable with the temperatures we’re always complaining about. I totally agree and am simply waiting for my mothership to return me to my completely temperate planet.
Anyway. On those rare and lovely cool summer days, a hot beverage sounds so refreshing. That, and watching Harry Potter. There can be one itty bitty rain cloud in the sky and instantly my thoughts turn to horcruxes and Diagon Alley. Nerd alert! When it comes to hot drinks, I generally drink my coffee with butter and coconut oil. Have you tried this yet? It sounds wrong at first, I remember feeling that way too. But now that I’m used to it, it tastes so much better than creamer! And it’s better for you too, in my opinion. For more information about the health benefits of butter in your coffee, go here: https://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/
In this vein, I have created buttered Chai. It’s so heavenly I find myself craving it even on hot days. You still have the wonderful creamy taste of butter and coconut oil, all the healthy fat benefits, but with the sweet spiciness of Chai. If Chai isn’t your thing, Earl Grey makes a delicious substitute. Any tea you want, really. Get crazy.
I know the moderate temperatures won’t be back any time soon. I would have to live somewhere lovely and insanely expensive to expect that (sigh, San Diego). And now that the temps are in the high 90’s once again, I’m drinking this iced. Take that, sun!
- 1 Chai tea bag
- 1 c filtered water
- 1 Tbsp ghee or unsalted pasture butter
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp canned light coconut milk
Steep tea bag in the boiled filtered water for five minutes. Place tea in blender, or wide mouth mason jar if using an immersion blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for 1 minute. Allow to cool first if adding ice.