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This Anti-Inflammatory Drink Replaced My Afternoon Coffee Habit

How the mix tastes upon first sip.

Formulated by double board-certified doctor and integrative medicine expert, Amy Shah, M.D., the chai powder mix is packed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, and ginger root. These are the seasonal spices that many of us crave once fall rolls around. Warming, punchy, and earthy, they taste like a stroll through crispy leaves on a sunny day.

They also happen to be really good for us. Shah herself sips on these spices daily for their gut-healthy benefits1 and anti-inflammatory effects2. It’s no wonder that chai lattes have been a popular functional tonic in Ayurveda for thousands of years, Shah notes. While traditional chai gets its sweet and creamy flavor from milk and sugar, the integrative M.D.’s modern twist uses coconut oil powder, black tea powder, and a hint of stevia for a healthier indulgence that comes together in minutes.

When I plopped my first spoonful into a mug and added hot water (you guessed it, right around 3 pm), I was surprised by how deliciously flavorful it was all on its own. I didn’t need to supplement with any honey or milk to make a drink that was tasty enough to satisfy afternoon cravings. The mix was spicy, rich, and warming–like a nice hug to carry me through the rest of the afternoon sans sugar or caffeine.

How I plan to make it part of my routine.

Since that first mug, I’ve experimented with adding the chai mix to a few other drinks to up their health benefits in a tasty way. And here’s what I can report: It takes seasonal fall smoothies (like this pumpkin acai treat developed by mbg editor Hannah Frye) over the edge with spicy goodness. And on afternoons when a second coffee is non-negotiable, the mix makes for the most flavorful dirty chai you’ve ever tried. I appreciate that it also comes in an unsweetened version, sans stevia, that pairs really nicely with other drinks that already have enough natural sweetness.

I’m excited to keep adding the versatile mix to more drinks this fall and beyond. And I’m grateful to have found something that can fulfill the craving for a specialty coffee house beverage–for way less cash. “I think now, in the time of a recession, we must think deeper about what brings us joy,” Shah tells mbg. “You can still enjoy luxuries like a hot steaming chai–yet save so much money and your health by choosing a healthy alternative like this one.”

If you’re ready to sip yourself through 3 p.m. with a smile (and a happy gut), try the Chai Latte Powder Mix out for 15% off with the code MINDBODYGREEN15.

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