HEALTHY CHAI TEA LATTE RECIPE (protein packed!)

lauren gleisberg with latte in black lululemon leggings and abercrombie sweatshirt

Enjoy all the fall vibes and flavors with this healthy chai tea latte. Bonus points – it’s high in protein! You know I have a healthier Starbucks chai tea latte order, but I’ve been trying to come up with one I can make at my house (time + money saver!). This is actually a creamier, more traditional latte version, so you may even enjoy it more! 

There are 2 problems with a typical chai tea latte that my homemade version can solve.

PROBLEM #1: excess sugar + carbohydrates

Have you ever checked out the nutrition facts on a grande Starbucks chai tea latte (my order hehe) 45 grams of carbohydrates and 43 grams of those are SUGAR! Just to put it into perspective… a bag of skittles has 46 grams of sugar, so that latte is like a bag of liquid skittles. 

 

SOLUTION: instead of using a chai tea concentrate and sugar, my healthier version uses a classic chai tea bag and I personally use stevia, which is a zero-calorie, sugar free sweetener

 

PROBLEM #2: lack of protein

This is what sets this recipe apart from the rest of the pack. We talk a lot about hitting our daily protein goals. This is particularly important for those of us working to achieve greater muscle and get fit and it requires a significant amount of protein. I look for all sorts of ways to include protein into what I eat and drink! Protein is also the macronutrient most responsible for satiety (the state of feeling full).

especially because most of us consume a latte in the AM, we are beginning our day without a powerful protein punch

SOLUTION: they key player is… COLLAGEN! I add a serving of Vital Proteins collagen (this one). it’s unflavored and it offers a ridiculously amazing 18 grams of protein in this drink! After this drink, I feel full, satisfied and I’m a huge step closer to my daily protein goal.

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High Protein Chai Tea Latte
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Instructions
  1. Microwave the water until boiling (~1 min in my micro); you can also boil on the stove
  2. Add the chai bag and let steep for 5-10 mins (10min is a strong chai flavor; my preference)
  3. Microwave or warm on the stove the almond milk in a large cup or saucepan until hot but NOT boiling (~30-45 sec in my micro)
  4. Add collagen into almond milk + use a handheld milk frother (be sure you have a large cup bc frothing will make foam
  5. Remove the chai from the water and combine milk and tea
  6. Add in sweetener and froth again

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