Who loves Chai? I still remember the first time I enjoyed masala chai while I was in high school and was amazed at the spicy-sweet creamy beverage. It has been a love affair ever since and I'm happy to share this easy Spicy Chai Protein Smoothie with you all.
I'm a huge sucker for a soy chai latte from Starbucks but I also can appreciate that it is made with syrup and packs about 300 calories because, well, I can't exactly settle for a tall. I must have the largest one possible due to a lack of self-control. This wouldn't be so bad if it actually did something to curb my appetite 🙂
I'm also a huge fan of Vega Protein* and recently discovered the Vanilla Chai All-in-One Nutritional Shake which delivers 20g of protein, 6 servings of greens with no added sugar. Bonus: it is gluten-free.
You can simply add your favorite milk beverage to the protein powder and have a delicious shake. I like to add the protein powder, almond milk to the blender with half a frozen banana, a handful of ice cubes, and blend it into a super creamy smoothie. You can add some additional spice like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom if you want to up the spicy factor or add a whole banana to increase the creaminess.
This smoothie clocks in at just under 300 calories while delivering a nutritional punch that is satisfying and keeps you feeling full. I often have one of these smoothies in the morning and it keeps me going all morning long.