Carrot Cake Spice Tea

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

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I love coffee.  I used to drink multiple cups per day.  Lately, though, my stomach has been rebelling against this practice, so I’ve turned to tea to fill my warm beverage needs.  Alex and Sophia also like tea, warm or chilled with sugar.  I typically purchase loose or bagged teas, but lately I’ve been experimenting with making my own.  Today’s recipe is a result of some of that experimenting.

The reason I started making my own is so I could try some custom blends that include key nutrients I wanted to get into my diet.  My first custom blend included Ginger and Turmeric.  This combination is great for reducing inflammation.  My shoulder bursitis was the target and I’ll say that my consumption of ibuprofen has been greatly reduced since I started having this tea on a regular basis.

My second custom blend is the one I’m sharing today.  This one includes carrots, which with their beta-carotene content are perfect for eye health (among other benefits). I’ve been trying to increase my carrot intake and thought this would be one way to get some of the nutrients.  Plus, the kids like this one when a little sugar or honey is added for sweetness; so they get some extra eye boosting power, too!

Even with the teas my kids are less likely to drink (like the ginger and turmeric), they enjoy making them with or for me.  This recipe is more fun because it involves more than just heating water and throwing in a tea bag.  It’s mostly counting whole spices and grating others, but even younger kids can help with the prep. After it’s brewed, it can also be chilled and served cold, which will be nice and refreshing once the warm summer returns.

Do you have any tea or other beverage recipes that you like to make with the kids?  Sophia, Alex and I love trying new ways to hydrate, so please let us know in the comments!

Happy Tea Making Everyone!

Kelly, Alex and Sophia

Carrot Cake Spice Tea

Carrot Cake Spice Tea

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  • The first step is to grate your carrots. For the carrots, use the big, 'real' carrots, not the little mini ones for snacking. The big ones are easier to grate. Any child that is comfortable grating (and who won't grate their fingers) can help with this step.
  • Next, prepare the ginger. First break off a piece that's the right size and then remove the skin. To get the skin of the ginger, just scrape it with a spoon. Once the skin is off, slice it into thin pieces. This skin removal can be done by even younger kids, but the slicing should be left to older kids with solid knife skills, or adults.
  • Once the grating and slicing are done, it's time for some counting. This is a perfect job for kids learning to count. Have them count out the appropriate number of cardamom pods and whole cloves, placing them in a small bowl until you're ready to add them.
  • Finally, cut or break a piece of a whole cinnamon stick to about 2 inches.
  • Now it's time to start the brewing. Pour the four cups of water into a pan and add all the rest of the ingredients you prepared. Kids of any age can help add the prepared ingredients into the water.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Reduce hit and let simmer for 15 minutes. This step is for older kids or adults only.
  • Before drinking your tea, pour it through a sieve to keep the carrot and spices out of the final product.
  • I prefer this one with a teaspoon or two of honey or sugar (per 8 oz) , but try it before you sweeten it.
  • You can serve it hot, or let it chill in the fridge before serving.
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