Dirty Chai Protein Shake Recipe
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I am not a coffee drinker. Tea is my hot beverage of choice. Therefore, when I go to Starbucks I am a venti Zen kind of gal.

However, not too long ago someone introduced me to a Dirty Chai. A dirty chai is a chai latte with a shot of espresso. A chai latte is truly a treat for me because I prefer to eat, not drink, my calories. However, this caffeine concoction sounded like the perfect way to kick off my birthday celebration/road trip last July.

Well, maybe that much caffeine wasn’t such a good idea for 3 hours in car because I did get a big boost of energy. Without any place physically to burn it off I had plenty of power to sing along with the tunes on the radio and brainstorm business ideas with Brian while he drove.

I thought, to myself, this could be a dangerous find. There’s no sugar free version (like some of the other tea lattes) and this much caffeine on a regular basis might cut into my beauty sleep. I also said to myself this might be a good idea before a workout.

Let me introduce you to the Dirty Chai protein shake. My version has less sugar, more protein and doesn’t require any special equipment – not even a blender. Any shaker or a BlenderBottle will do.

Dirty Chai Protein Shake

  • 1 scoop Designer Whey Vanilla Praline Protein Powder
  • ½ cup prepared chai
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ packet Starbucks Via Italian Roast Extra Bold
  • Sweetener to taste, if desired

Add all ingredients plus 3-4 ice cubes to shaker. Shake till blended and enjoy!

Yield: 1 Shake
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: NA

Per Serving: Calories 142; Total Fat 5.5g; (Sat Fat 1g, Poly Fat 0g, Mono Fat 0g); Protein 19g; Carb 4g; Fiber 1g; Sugars 2g; Cholesterol 60mg; Sodium 180mg

If that doesn’t get you moving nothing will!

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