RECIPE: A hot drink to give your immune system a boost

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Golden Chai
Recipe Courtesy: Dietitian Lindsay Sparks
Serves 4


3 to 4 2-3" cinnamon sticks (2-3")
1-2 inches of fresh ginger (peeled and sliced)
10 whole cloves
Freshly cracked pepper
4 cups water
4 bags black tea
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp ground turmeric
1/4 cup honey
4 cups milk


1. Place the cinnamon sticks, sliced ginger, cloves, cracked pepper, and water in a medium sauce pot. Place a lid on the pot and bring it up to a boil over high heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for five minutes.

2. Turn off the heat, add the black tea bags, replace the lid and let the tea steep for 4-5 minutes. Pour the tea into a bowl or a pitcher through a fine mesh strainer or colander.

3. Whisk the vanilla, honey, and turmeric into the tea. Taste and adjust the sweetness or other spices, if desired. This Golden Chai tea mix can be refrigerated and saved in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

4. To make each drink, heat 8 oz. of milk (stove top, microwave, or steamer) and combine with 8 oz. of the hot golden chai tea mix. Make sure to stir the Golden Chai tea mix just before combining with the milk. Serve while hot.

Nutrition information, per 16 oz: Calories 225, Total Fat 8 gm, Sat. Fat. 5 gm, Total Carbohydrate 25 gm, Fiber 1 gm, Protein 13 gm, Sodium 126 mg

20% Vitamin A, 41% Calcium, 6% Iron, 13% Potassium

*Note: the nutrition content will vary depending on type of milk used. This nutrition info was calculated using "FairLife" brand whole milk.