I occasionally enjoy a cup of coffee or a latte, but my hot beverage of choice tends to be green tea. When the weather turns crisp and other folks start drinking peppermint cocoa and hot buttered rum, I want something special too.
This quick and easy version of Creamy Chai Tea will toast your toes before you can say “Grandma got run over by a reindeer.”
I made two versions of the tea: one with vanilla almond milk and one with nonfat milk. While the number of calories was about the same, the nonfat milk version had more protein, a touch of cholesterol and fat and less sodium. The almond milk version was fat- and cholesterol-free, but had a bit more carbs and sugar.
The vanilla almond milk produced a richer, more decadent beverage although it did mute the cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and clove flavors typically associated with chai. The nonfat milk yielded a thinner drink, but the chai taste shone brightly.
Try both and let me know which you prefer.
8 oz. vanilla almond milk or nonfat milk
chai tea bag
freshly grated nutmeg
Heat milk until hot, but not boiling. (I used the “Beverage” button on my microwave.) Pour into cup over chai tea bag. Steep 3 to 5 minutes and remove bag. Add cinnamon stick and dust with nutmeg.
Makes 1 serving
Per serving (with vanilla almond milk): 92 calories, 0g fat (0g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 16g carb, 1g fiber, 15g sugar, 1g protein
Per serving (with nonfat milk): 88 calories, 1g fat (0g sat), 5mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 13g carb, 0g fiber, 13g sugar, 8g protein