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.
High Protein Chai Tea Latte
- 1 chai tea bag
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 serving collagen
- 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Liquid stevia to taste
- Microwave the water until boiling (~1 min in my micro); you can also boil on the stove
- Add the chai bag and let steep for 5-10 mins (10min is a strong chai flavor; my preference)
- 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)
- Add collagen into almond milk + use a handheld milk frother (be sure you have a large cup bc frothing will make foam
- Remove the chai from the water and combine milk and tea
- Add in sweetener and froth again