Last night I skipped posting. I chose to work out and go to my Memaw’s birthday party instead!
I made a good choice for once. 😉 Seriously, I don’t make many of them. One of my previous bad decisions? Buying ridiculously overpriced smoothies.
Okay, let’s back up a bit…
During the beginning of my pregnancy, I lived off of carbs. French fries and crackers kept me alive. Unfortunately, those things don’t pack much of a nutritional punch. I had to find something else that I could handle. Smoothies to the rescue!
I had Ryne buy a specific brand of pre-made smoothies way too often. At 3.50 a pop for a single serving, we were going to go broke by the time I had the baby. My sweet husband continued to buy them, though. My flavors of choice? Mocha and Vanilla Chai. They were freaking delicious. At one point, I took a picture of half of our refrigerator full of them. It was a problem.
Finally, when I starting feeling better, I made them for myself. I’m sure Ryne breathed a heavy sigh of relief. We would no longer have to give up everything to support my smoothie addiction.
My favorite is still the Vanilla Chai. I made the easiest, most basic recipe I could think of because I wanted to be able to have it all the time. I change it up from time to time, but it’s always a winner.
Vanilla Chai Smoothie
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 2 cups Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla
- 2 chai tea bags
- ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice (optional)
- 1 or 2 ice cubes (optional)
- Bring two cups Silk to a simmer in a small pot. (It is very important not to get to a rapid boil. Almondmilk is a bit of a diva and doesn’t like getting too hot.)
- Place two chai tea bags in the pot and continue simmering for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Chill chai almondmilk.
- Once your almondmilk is very cold, pour it into a blender along with Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and honey. Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Optional topping: whipped cream and cinnamon. I say optional, but really, I live on whipped cream. I didn’t include that in the nutritional stats, because I figured I’m probably the only person who actually thinks spray whipped cream is a sound nutritional choice.
Vegan? Swap the honey for a sweetener of your choice, or omit it altogether. Ditch the yogurt and throw in a frozen banana instead. I sometimes use a banana in the place of the yogurt and it is JUST as good.
Lazy? Buy the premade chai mix! Just pour it in. You wouldn’t have to boil or chill anything. Easy peasy. I usually just boil it in the AM if I know I’m going to want it later. Let’s face it, though, when you want a smoothie, sometimes you just want it now.
I love that this makes a decent sized smoothie for less than 150 calories. 8 grams of protein isn’t anything to laugh at either. That’s pretty solid for a smoothie with no protein powder. The sugars are a bit high, but you can blame the yogurt and honey for that. At any rate, it’s still a better choice than the bottled variety.
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories- 149, Fat– 5 g, Saturated Fat- 0 g, Cholesterol- 2.5 mg Sodium- 323 mg, Carbs- 21 g, Fiber- 2.5 g, Protein- 8g
Additionally, using Silk in the place of skim milk in this smoothie saves you 100 calories right off the bat. One cup of Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla has 30 calories, absolutely no GMOs, 50 percent more calcium than dairy milk, and no saturated fat or cholesterol. I can definitely get behind that!