The fall season is here and with that comes hot drinks and comfort foods by design. Hot cinnamon and nutmeg green tea is not only really easy to make, but it reminds you of pumpkins, spice, and everything nice!
It’s a typical part of my daily routine to have green tea every morning. 99.9% of the time I have it plain with maybe a couple ice cubes to cool it down a little. This morning I decided I would try something different.
Since there’s just a hint of fall in the air and my house smells like hot cinnamon, that got me thinking. What would happen if I added a little something-something to my green tea? I was very happy with the results!
Adding cinnamon and nutmeg to my hot green tea, along with a secret ingredient which I’ll tell you about in a minute, made me feel all warm and cozy as I sat on the porch to watch the sunrise. It made me want to curl up with a good book by the fireplace.
Another thing I liked about it, was that it works well for those who hate the natural flavor of green tea. I personally love it, but I’m also the girl who likes her coffee black.
Let’s talk nutrition for a moment. Most people know that adding cinnamon and nutmeg to a drink will give it a bit of a spicy flavor. What they don’t know is that it’s good for them too.
Be sure to keep reading to reach your nutritional quotient. I’m always surprised by the little things we can add to a recipe to boost nutritional value, as well as flavor.
Green Tea – is known for its weight loss benefits. It also has 70% less caffeine than one cup of coffee, so if that’s a factor, green tea to the rescue!
Cinnamon – While cinnamon has many healing food properties, one that really sticks out to me is that it can be used to treat the common cold and to treat infections. It’s also been known to treat muscle spasms. Other values include lowering blood pressure with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon powder gets an A+ from me in the nutritional department and that’s without listing every little amazing thing it does!
Nutmeg – Nutmeg is a pain reliever, like Tylenol and aspirin. Like it’s friend cinnamon, it can be used to boost the entire immune system. It works to treat tummy troubles like indigestion and it even helps insomnia. Now, imagine combining the power of cinnamon and nutmeg together. That’s a powerful thought!
Almond Milk – is processed, though it is quite easy and possible to make your own, by soaking them overnight. Almond milk is fortified with rich vitamins and minerals, including lots of protein.
Almond milk is dairy and lactose-free, gluten free, cholesterol free, soy free, plus vitamin A, vitamin D, Vitamin E, and calcium, again, for strong bones and teeth!
I personally used to hate it, not really hate it, but I didn’t have a personal use for it. Almond milk makes a great base for converting to an all plant-based diet, eating healthy, and for cold cereals, vegan bowls, and smoothies. Love me some almond milk!
In case you haven’t figured it out, almond milk is the secret ingredient. It gives the green tea a sweet flavor, while the cinnamon and nutmeg work together to give it some spice.
Hot Cinnamon and Nutmeg Green Tea
- 1 cup Green Tea
- 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1 Splash Almond Milk
- (Optional) if allergic to nuts Rice Milk
Brew your tea by stovetop or in a coffee maker. I have a one cup tea/coffee maker that makes a thermos.
After brewing add a splash of almond milk to act as a creamer.
Then swirl in a tablespoon of ground cinnamon. Do a taste test, to see if less is more.
Last but not least, swirl in a tablespoon full of nutmeg and blend well.
(Optional) If too hot, add an ice cube or two for cooling effect.
Drink, curl up and read a good book, and enjoy! Best when used on cold days or when sick with a cold, infection, or stomach indigestion.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1