Ever since my first job as a barista at a canal side coffee shop, I’ve been kind of obsessed with chai tea lattes.  I made them with various mixes and eventually graduated to buying bags of chai tea and just mixing it with hot milk.  Last year a friend of mine brought me back real Chai from India and I was smitten.  It was a whole new flavor experience…. Kind of like going from Boone’s Farm to a Cakebread Chardonnay.  (Sorry, any Boone’s fans out there…)

A few months ago, I posted a blog about my chai tea recipe and I was pretty psyched when I got a follow up comment from Ricardo from Yogic Chai.  He offered to send me some tea samples, and I said sure, cos who doesn’t love free things right?  I wouldn’t say I was skeptical, but I wasn’t expecting much more beyond my already delicious chai.

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Ya’ll.  There are different kinds of chai tea.  Did you know this?  I did not know this!

I took my first sip of coconut chai tea and thought …wow.  No bitter after taste.  Silky smooth.  I didn’t even need to add honey… (Which was good, because apparently my Southern to the bone hubby had used it up on biscuits the night before. )

The next one I tried was coconut chai.  COCONUT.  I’d be stretching a little bit to say that I felt like putting a tiny umbrella in my cup and kickin’ back on a beach… but it was pretty darn delicious and lovely.  (It ended up being my fave, in fact.)

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BUT ANYWAYS… the rest were all delicious too.  I even got to the point where I was just having the tea sans latte part.  I know that’s going to sound crazy to you veteran tea drinkers out there, but i really have never just liked straight up tea.  But, I’m a convert.  It can be done.

So now that I’m done gushing, go ahead and check out his site.  If you break each order down by the cup, you’ll be amazed at how affordable it is.  (Especially when I think about what I pay to go through a certain drive-through once a week and get my tea of the week latte.)

(And for the record and doing right by the FTC, Yogic Chai did not pay me any moola to promote their products.  Just tea.  And since it was delicious, I am passing the rec on to you.  Go, go get it.)

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Self-Portrait of Tea Time

Save 15% on your order at Yogic Chai using the code “meghan” if you shop by Wednesday, March 31st!

Chai Tea Latte

December 3, 2009

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that coffee drinks are one of my all time favorite treats.  Chai lattes are right up there in my top five fave list.  I’ve been making this version at home for about a year now, saving me a little bit in both the waistline and the wallet!

I used to make this with just regular bag Chai tea (my favorite brand is Revolution tea or Tazo tea), but a friend mine came back with a bag of loose leaf chai on a recent trip to India and I’ve been totally spoiled ever since.

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If you live in Winston-Salem (like me!), you can get delicious loose leaf tea from local Chad’s Chai and Tea.  (You can also order his stuff on Foodzie.)

Whether or you do tea bag or loose leaf, the first step is the same: make tea and steep.

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While it’s steeping, boil 8 oz of milk.  I do mine for 1:30 in the microwave, but you can do it on the stove top if you want it to get really delicious and sugary.

Remove tea bag and pour about 3-4 oz of tea into bottom of coffee cop.  Add 1 Tbsp of honey, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and, optional, 1 packet of sweetener.

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If you have a hand frother, you can make the milk all foamy.  (If you don’t, here’s a link for Santa.  It’ll change your mornings, I promise.)  Pour the steamed milk into the tea-honey-vanilla combo.  Add a few shakes of cinnamon on top.

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Sit down and enjoy somewhere quiet with a nice view, preferably with a sunrise and a good read.  (Mine happened to be the Pottery Barn Christmas edition.  Eye candy galore.)   Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Latte

October 11, 2009

To me, nothing says fall like that moment when my favorite coffee drink – the pumpkin spice latte – arrives in the store. However, I’ve got a version you can make at home that’s going to save you at least 80 calories and definitely some spare change.

A tall, nonfat version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte is 260 calories at Starbucks. Skipping the whip cream saves about 60 calories, but I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve to make this at home. Watch and learn!

Pair one with my yummy pumpkin cookies for a sweet treat!

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July 4, 2009

While this is a blog about eating healthy, I also promised to show you what I eat day in and day out. And one of my very favorite treats is a delicious, crisp glass of white wine. Every month, Consumer Reports publishes their best pick ones and last month they happened to have a BOX of wine as their best pick! I could hardly believe it, but since CR sent me in the right direction on my car and my fridge, I figured I had a good shot at enjoying the wine.

Not only was this pick, Fish Eye Pinot Grigio, dee-lish, it was also $19.99 (here in North Carolina) for a 3L box. Unbelievable.

Box wines go classy?!

Box wines go classy?!

Just in time for some holiday celebrating! Have a safe & happy 4th, ya’ll!