I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to tea, so when Sprouts Farmer’s Market invited me and other lifestyle bloggers in Denver to tour the Bhakti Chai facilities in Denver, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the famous tea.
Before I tell you about what I learned, and share my awesome recipe for a Refreshing Bhakti Chai Ginger-Infused Fruit Smoothie, I want to first disclose that Sprouts sponsored this event and provided me with a gift card, free samples of Bhakti Chai and other goodies from Sprouts. I also include affiliate links in this blog – these links help support my blog and keep it up and running.
I think I might be one of the few people in the world who has never tried Bhakti Chai. I hear people ordering “chai lattes” at coffee shops, but I really never knew what chai was. Sad, I know.
I learned on my tour that chai is a black tea brewed with a variety of aromatic spices. Bhakti Chai Concentrate, for example, is made of black tea, organic ginger juice, cardamom and spices. Black tea is a potent antioxidant and it has many antiviral and antibacterial properties.
I don’t drink a lot of tea (I’m more of a coffee drinker), but I have to say, I really enjoyed this tea. Bhakti Chai blends are loaded with ginger, and if you love ginger like me, you are going to be in heaven drinking Bhakti Chai! In fact, Bhakti Chai presses 288,000 lbs of fresh ginger each year! Ginger is a fantastic digestive aid – so drink up.
During the tour, I tried some raw pressed ginger juice. I could only manage a small sip as I could feel the raw ginger burning as it flowed down my throat. It was good though and it thoroughly cleaned out my sinuses!
During my tour, I got to see the bottling process:
The shipping warehouse:
And I got to sample some of Bhakti’s new Sparkling Teas, which come in four flavors: Mango Lime Matcha, Mint Mate, Lemon Ginger Black, and Tart Cherry Rooibos, which is the only one that is caffeine-free:
I also I got to meet Bhakti founder, Brook Eddy (she’s in the pink shirt with white pants) and some cool Denver bloggers too:
All Bhakti tea products are gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free too.
I came home with two big bottles of Bhakti Chai Concentrate. I opted for the decaf variety (because I quit caffeine last year) and I decided I would rather add my own sweetener than have a pre-sweetened variety.
When I tasted the chai concentrate straight up, I was taken aback. This stuff is strong and the ginger stays with you for awhile.
I decided instead of enjoying it as tea, I would add the Bhakti Chai to a delicious fruit smoothie. I love the taste of ginger in my green juices and smoothies, so I figured Bhakti Chai would add that flavor I already knew and loved.
While I was at Sprouts over the weekend, I purchased fresh organic strawberries (they looked amazing!) and some bananas. I froze one of the bananas in anticipation of making this beverage.
I added the fresh strawberries, half of the frozen banana and some Chai Concentrate to my Nutri Ninja and then blended it all together. The fruit tempers the strong Chai taste and the ginger pops in your mouth with every sip. It. Is. So. Good. It is cheesy to say this smoothie is gingeriffic!?!
I hope you experiment with Bhakti Chai in your fruit smoothies too. You are going to love the flavor it adds. Plus, you’ll be adding important antioxidants, which aids in our eternal quest for good health.
Cheers to good drinks and good health!
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 5-6 fresh strawberries, hulled
- 1/2 cup Bhakti Chai Concentrate (decaf, sugar-free)
Add all ingredients into your blender. Enjoy immediately.
Garnish with extra strawberry.
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