Are you ready for a rich drink in your life? This is it. Peppermint mocha in June, because why not. Are you not ready to give up coffee? Swap out tea for coffee, and it’ll still come out perfect. I’ve been in a tea-making frenzy ever since I finally got a hold of an actual kettle. No more microwaving water or boiling water in a saucepan on the stove and trying to avoid steam-burn. I’ve got this great electric (and cordless) kettle, and I highly recommend it if you’re in the market for one.
Definitely do not skip the cardamom powder and the salt! If you’re not familiar with cardamom, it’s this wonderfully aromatic spice typically used in sweet preparations (think delicious Indian dessert). It’s also packed with good-for-you things like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It might be hard to find in your regular grocery store, but if you don’t live near an Indian grocer, you can pick it up online.
Adding salt to a drink sounds weird, right? You just need a tiny amount. It really rounds out the flavors and cuts through the sweetness. Throw away the refined table salt and pick up a high-quality pink salt. This salt is actually good for you and filled with essential minerals. It’s actually the only salt I use anymore, and it was one of the last pantry items that I replaced. It will be especially helpful if you’re recently transitioned to paleo/low-carb eating, as many people deal with leg cramping due to the diuretic effect of low-carb eating. This natural salt increases hydration, prevents muscle cramping, balances your electrolytes and pH–the list goes on and on.
A quick tip for any MCT newbies: make sure to introduce it in 1 tsp increments until you can handle up to 1-2 tbs at a time. Consuming too much initially can cause a bit of gastrointestinal distress. What I’m saying is, don’t take a shot of this stuff before a first date or a job interview.
What is MCT? MCT is an extremely healthy and easily-digestible form of saturated fat found in coconut. MCT (medium chain triglycerides) enhances ketone production. Ketones are an energy source for your body. When your body is running on ketones, it’s also known as ketosis, which is a healthy and natural state for your body to be in (and not be confused with ketoacidosis, a serious diabetic condition).
What else does MCT do?
- Regulates blood sugar
- Reduces appetite
- Boosts metabolism
- Makes you a nicer person
Okay, maybe the last point is up to debate. But MCT should definitely be on your shopping list and a daily staple in your diet! It is tasteless and odorless, so you can easily add it to your morning coffee or tea.
Want to learn more? Check out my recommended reading list for some great sources. Now, go try out this drink and let me know what you think!
- Brew Tea.
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high for 5-10 seconds until frothy.
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