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The Shrinker from Trim Healthy Mama

Serene I believe it was, one of the author’s of Trim Healthy Mama came up with this delicious chai tea which she named The Shrinker. It’s so good. She didn’t give exact measurements but this is how I make it.
The Shrinker
Boil about 2 cups water and steep 4 tea bags of Oolong Tea and let cool
Get your blender and add:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper  (I use an 1/8 tsp. but that might be too much for some so go with a pinch at first)
  • 1/2-1tsp. Cinnamon (add more or less depending on how much you like cinnamon, I add 1tsp+)
  • 1-2tsp. Vanilla (again to your taste. The first time I added 1tsp but now add 2)
  • Pinch of Himalayan Salt (or any salt you prefer but the better the salt the more nutritious it will be)
  • Sweeten to taste (I use Stevia)
  • Add the Oolong tea and blend
  • Put into a two quart jar, fill with ice, add more water to fill up the jar, shake well and enjoy!
It is very tasty and I have made it almost daily this week.

The first time I made The Shrinker 1/8 tsp. of Cayenne was a bit much but I took small sips (don’t gulp). I continued making it with 1/8 tsp. and I am now use to it. So just experiment with the Cayenne Pepper.

I steep my tea bags for as long as it takes for the water to cool. Sometimes I’m in a hurry though and just add ice to cool it down.

I also use and steep the same tea bags again and add this water to my original mix to add more flavor because sometimes the ice will water my tea down. Just experiment and see what works for you.

I found the higher quality cinnamon works best like Ceylon. The Wal-mart brand is not good quality and that is when you get the slimy sludge stuff at the bottom of your drink. Although Costco's cinnamon is not true cinnamon it doesn't get as slimy. I have switched to the Ceylon cinnamon. It's a bit more expensive but worth not having the sludgy - slimy stuff at the bottom of my Shrinker.

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  1. thanks for sharing this.
    Is the cayenne necessary?

  2. Monique, Ceyenne does have many health benefits like aiding in digestion and getting that metabolism going. If Ceyenne is too spicy you can add regular pepper or omit it but it might take some of the 'shrinker' benefits too ;)
    Here is an article about the benefits of Ceyenne: https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-cayenne-pepper/

  3. I don't like cayenne in my drinks but I take it as a supplement :)

  4. I'm the opposite. I love it in my Shrinker. Either way it's all good ;)
    Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks for sharing this recipe with your recommendations they help with these strange new recipes...I did not like it at all with just stevia..I used 4 donks of Kal stevia though then just added 1 tsp of powdered trivia to each 16 oz glass and it is really good!

    2. Oh my!! I just made the shrinker tea for the first time with Cayenne pepper.(we were out!) AND 1 drop of YL's cinnamon bark!! Super yummo! Where has this drink been all my life!!??

  5. You are welcome Teresia, I don't like when recipes say a splash of this or swirl of that. A splash or swirl is not very accurate we all splash differently =)

    I use a lot of stevia too.

  6. Have you lost weight drinking this?

  7. Hi, Danielle, I think it's more of a combination of eating low carb and drinking things like shrinker helps.

    If your a soda pop drinker then switching to drinking something like the shrinker will definitely help.

  8. Where can I find Real Cinnamon (the good stuff)? I homeschooled my sons they are now 21 and 26, I miss it now, I'm an empty nester and miss all the time we shared together. Would never change a thing if I had it so over....good luck and God be with all you do.

  9. You can purchase at Amazon. Here is another site that sells it to http://www.cinnamonvogue.com/index.html

  10. Dee thank you for your kind words. I accidentally hit submit before finishing the above post.

    I can't believe my oldest is already 16! Time goes by way too fast.

    God bless,

  11. It wasn't smooth snd creamy...fail for us. Stinking with singing canary and frappe

    1. Sometimes it takes a few tries. I know when making the Singing Canary my first few tries it was not good. I drank them anyway though. Didn't want to waste my ingredients :) I eventually figured out how to make a really smooth Singing Canary.

      Sorry it wasn't what your were expecting.