Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2 Seconds To Chai Heaven

Anyone trying to get in shape knows that protein shakes are a MUST, especially if you're trying to get 5-6 meals in each day! And finding one that is quick and actually tastes good seemed like an impossible combination for me to find. Well, as I mentioned in a previous post, sugar free flavored syrups worked very well for me and got me experimenting with other "additives" that would make ANY protein shake mix taste great. I think I'm getting this down to a science and the treat in today's post is super simple and super delicious (see my side note for how I make it super quick too)!
2 Seconds To Chai Heaven
2 teabags of your favorite chai flavored black tea
8 oz. water
1 serving of your favorite vanilla flavored protein powder
Steep teabags in 8 oz of boiling water (approximately 5 - 10 minutes until tea is very dark.... not exactly 2 seconds, but I had to get you to read this somehow! LOL). In a blender or shaker, mix tea with ice and protein powder. Enjoy a seriously yummy protein shake that will make you feel guilty because it tastes so good... gourmet even!
Just a little side note here: that is a Magic Bullet mug in the photo. I now use the Magic Bullet for all of my shakes because I only have to dirty one mug and I save so much time. The Magic Bullet mug goes from my microwave, to the blender base, to my table. The easier something is for me, the more I am guaranteed to easily incorporate it into my day to day routine and the more that routine will stick! So in one (Magic Bullet) mug I add the water and teabags and pop them into the microwave for 2.5 minutes for a really good boil. I use the Good Earth Brand Chai Teabags because they have the very best flavor for me and also because the bags are not assembled using a staple (staples are NOT microwave friendly and should NEVER go into the microwave!!!). Once I pull the water and teabags out of the microwave after 2.5 minutes, the tea is usually pretty black already. I add my protein powder (I use vanilla flavored Myoplex Lite) and fill the mug the rest of the way with ice. I attach the blade, blend, remove blade and add the colored rim attachment with straw and enjoy! Just slightly more than 2 seconds but this treat is so yummy that if it took an hour, it would be soooo worth it!!!
***I am currently working on a raw, organic version of the above recipe and will post as soon as I have it! Just for you Sista!***

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