This is for all the Trim Healthy Mama followers. When I first heard about the Shrinker last year and the huge benefits of it I hunted down the coveted oolong tea. I made my first drink and poured it down the drain.
It. Was. Awful. The Fat Stripping Frappe and Big Boy Smoothie were much more up my alley.
Fast forward to a few months ago. I was purging all the expired items from our pantry from the move. And there were boxes of unopened oolong teas. Boxes I was tempted to throw in the trash or plead for a friend to take them. Alas, I tried one last time to make the Shrinker in the hopes of a change in taste buds. And oh-my-gosh was it amazing! Here’s a heads up to those who don’t have cayenne pepper powder. Don’t use hot sauce!! That is why I didn’t like the first drink I had made. Yup, lesson learned. Just don’t substitute, ok?
While out shopping one day we came across a wonderful little tea store. And would you believe they had rows of oolong tea? My husband graciously picked me up some magnolia oolong tea.
When I opened the bag it smelled exactly of magnolias. Oh so beautiful.
I scooped out 4t of the tea leaves and put them into a 32oz mason jar. Then filled the mason jar with about 12oz of boiling water.
It was fascinating watching the leaves swell in the water.
To strain the hot tea I place a Flour/Sugar Shaker lid upside down into another large mason jar. It fits perfectly!
I put the leaves back into the empty mason jar and fill it, again, with 12oz of boiling water. You can steep oolong tea more than once. The tea shop I frequent encouraged me to steep it multiple times. And I have to say, I am not disappointed in the taste even after three steeps.
I then follow the directions from the Trim Healthy Mama recipe and enjoy a healthy and energizing chai-like tea. I’ve heard of fellow THMers drinking it hot but I haven’t tried that yet. Sounds divine though, especially given the record cold temperatures these days. By the way, I’ve grown to adding more cayenne than when I began. I highly recommend it.