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Today: Triple vanilla chai latte.

Drive-thrus are dangerous places.  

A few years ago, I swore off coffee. Or rather, I tried to swear off coffee, but the siren’s donut’s call lured me back.  One morning, I planned to go directly to the office, but decided to sneak a coffee for my commute instead.

Just as soon as I had an iced coffee in hand,  I pulled forward, hit a pole alongside the drive-thru window and knocked my side view mirror clear off.  No one was hurt, but needless to say, I was– and still am– mortified.  Also, why am I telling you this story?

I panicked and called Nick, who was still at home and met me in the driveway a few minutes later.  I didn’t have time to hide my coffee.  My shame kept me away from the drive-thru for quite some time.  

If you’re avoiding the drive-thru (no need to share your reasons… unless you want to…), I’ve got the recipe for you. This triple vanilla chai latte is so good (and easy to make!), you won’t miss your usual morning cup.

Triple vanilla Almond Breeze chai latte

Triple Vanilla Chai Latte

Dairy free, serves one

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 scoop of David’s Tea organic vanilla chai (you can use your favorite loose or bagged chai tea)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp organic pure maple syrup (feel free to replace with your preferred sweetener)
  • 1 dash each of ground cinnamon and ground cloves

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat water and almondmilk until simmering.  Stir often.
  2. Add your tea (if you’re using a tea bag, open the bag and pour the tea leaves directly into the pan) and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Continue to stir.
  3. Remove pan from heat, add vanilla extract, maple syrup and spices.  Let the pan sit for another 5 minutes.
  4. Pour latte through a tea strainer to remove tea leaves.
  5. Serve hot or over ice (my favorite).
  6. Do not hit anything with your car.

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s your current vice?

Today: The non-dairy queen.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Weather like this has me craving a Blizzard.  The ice cream treat, not the weather event.  There is only so much Lactaid a girl can take, though.  Fortunately, there are all kinds of frozen non-dairy “ice cream” available these days.

All it takes is three simple ingredients (four if you include the punchy straw): almond milk, mint chip non-dairy frozen dessert (also made with almond milk) and ice.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s your favorite summer treat?

Today: Like the hippies do.

I am not especially pleasant when I am hungry.  It’s been a challenge to fill up while on an elimination diet, especially when some of my favorite sources of protein and fiber are off limits.

While whey protein isolate is on the okay, if you must list, the artificial sweeteners and other chemical brothers found in my protein powder of choice are very much on the don’t even think about it list.  My RD recommended hemp or rice protein, but I had no clue where to start.  Thanks to the magic of Twitter, I found myself on Hippie Butter‘s website.  And placed an order.  On 4/20.  (Sheer coincidence.)

After starting the morning like hippies do, I am feeling satisfied, energized, and not the least bit cranky.  Those happy people are on to something.

Vanilla, hemp and cinnamon protein shake

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp hemp seed protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp organic cinnamon

(Extremely obvious and likely unnecessary) Directions:

  1. In a large glass or shaker cup, combine hemp protein and almond milk.
  2. Stir until liquid and powder are incorporated.
  3. Add cinnamon, and stir.
  4. Shake can also be served over ice, and makes a great post-workout drink.

While the hemp seed protein powder is dense, it is not at all chalky.  I imagine it would mix well with frozen berries, citrus, and any number of smoothie or shake add-ins, as the powder itself has a very mild taste.  I much prefer it to other flavored powders.

I am looking forward to continuing to experiment with my happy little hemp seeds (I bet Bob Ross would have loved this stuff).  Hippy Butter has a number of other interesting products, too, including hemp coffee and skin care.  Like everything else that is good in this world (namely sparkling wine and stinky cheese), hemp powder should be kept refrigerated.

[Yoga Journal, June 2012]

With a few minutes to spare before the morning craze set in, I continued to embrace my inner hippy with a quick meditation.  One of my favorite aspects of yoga is the emphasis on setting your intention for your practice, or your day.  There’s nothing like a healthy dose of perspective, gratitude, and hope to keep you on track.

Now, if only my peace moccasins matched today’s outfit.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s your favorite way to start the day off right?