Sipping This Tea Might Be The Secret To Not Craving Dessert

Photo by Alita Ong / Stocksy

It's become common to reach for a piece of chocolate or a cookie after dinner—many people think of a meal as incomplete without some type of dessert to cap it off (raising my hand). While eating dessert regularly isn't bad unto itself, consuming extra sugar nightly isn't ideal, and, perhaps more importantly, neither is being a slave to a craving or habit.

Melanie St. Ours, a clinical herbalist, says there's an easy solution. She created this Cardamom After-Dinner Tea for her book, The Simple Guide to Natural Health, specifically for that post-meal period. "Cardamom's aromatic compounds are not only delicious: they're also one of the best ways to settle your stomach after a meal," she says. "This tea can also satisfy the urge for something sweet at the end of a meal if you feel the need for a treat." If you want a true dessert-like quality, she recommends adding a splash of almond milk and sweetening it with a tiny bit of maple syrup or honey.

Cardamom After-Dinner Tea

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 1 black tea bag of choice (decaf or regular)
  • ¾ cup hot water

Method

  1. Add cardamom pods and tea bag to a teacup and cover with hot water.
  2. Cover the cup with a saucer and steep at least 5 minutes.

Based on excerpts from The Simple Guide to Natural Health by Melanie St. Ours, with the permission of Adams Media. Copyright © 2018.

And are you feeling a little fatigued? Feel like something's just not right, but Western Medicine tells you, "you're fine"? Jason Wachob, founder & CEO of mindbodygreen, tells all in his health story. Sign up now for FREE!

Related Posts

Sites We Love

Functional Nutrition Webinar

Learn How To Eat Right For Your Brain

Sign up for mbg's FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar hosted by Dr. Mark Hyman

Get Free Access Now Loading next article...
Sign up for mbg's FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar

Your article and new folder have been saved!