Something to take the chill off … Photograph: Claire Thomson/Guardian
The odd cuppa won’t hurt the kids – and a sweet, spicy chai is as warming and tasty as hot chocolate.
After a whole winter of hot chocolate requests, I thought I’d road-test an alternative hot drink on the children as they came running home from school, feeling the chill.
I remember the frequency with which we drank masala chai on trips to India – nursing earthenware cups of sweetly spiced tea while sitting on our rucksacks, waiting for buses. But for children, moderation is key – I see no harm in my kids having the odd cup of tea. It hasn’t toppled hot chocolate from its No 1 spot, but has provided a welcome change.