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Skinny Chai Latte…The Best #TB Ever Right

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MMMMMmmmm who doesn’t love chia tea?

I was obsessed circa 2001— you could always find me with my Starbucks hot chai tea rocking a white Abercrombie peasant skirt, Roxy sunglasses, & French manicure gels. For some reason there was something so cool about showing up to high school with this entire get-up…chai tea latte included.

And then I found out the Starbucks version had like six million grams of sugar ( according to my friend “more than like, 20 mini Snicker’s bars, Lauryn. EW!” ). So I banned chai tea & stuck to boring, plain coffee.


Because I found a way, guys, to whip up an easy, low sugar, skinny chai tea using a new favorite from Celestial Seasonings.

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This recipe will take you like one second to make, you’ll get an awesome coffee buzz, & it’s full of super foods! YES.

Basically all you do is this, mix:

1 cup of ‘The Godfather’ Celestial Seasonings Chai Tea concentrate
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 sprinkles of cinnamon
2 sprinkles of cardamom
2 dashes of turmeric
Garnish with: a few sprinkles of raw cacao nibs

Directions: I like to shake the above in a martini shaker, pour over ice, & garnish with extra cinnamon and raw cacao.

Cheers to a damn good buzz!

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The breakdown goes a little something like this:

I used the Celestial latte concentrate ‘The Godfather’ flavor ( which allows you to add the milk or non-dairy alternative of your choice ). It’s an authentic masala chai with a bold espresso & rich cocoa flavor. It gives the mixture a coffee, chai tea, espresso taste. AND provides the buzz. You can find this at Target ( favorite store ever ). I’m obsessed— [perfect for someone who’s constantly on the go. Also, Celestial Seasonings ( #TB, THEY CREATED SLEEPYTIME TEA!! ) just launched a new line of ready-to-drink chai tea lattes. So not only do they have this “Godfather” version, they also have a Mountain Chai, Dirty Chai, & Matcha Green. Oh &, if you’re into bagged teas instead of pre-made, they also have a dirty, coconut Thai, & mountain chai. MMMmmm. I’ll do a post on my favorite bedtime chai tea later this month ( I love to drink it in bed with 3 ingredient almond milk cookies…YUM ).

Can you tell I’m having a chai tea moment? LOL.

On to the next ingredient: the unsweetened coconut milk gives the skinny chai tea some healthy fat. Plus it thickens the mixture making it taste AMAZING.

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Vanilla extract enhances the taste. Don’t over-do it. A little goes a long way. Plus it’s full of benefits: “natural vanilla extract contains numerous antioxidants, including vanillic acid and vanillin. Antioxidants protect your body from damage from harmful components, such as free radicals and toxins.” ( source )

Cinnamon is the perfect compliment to coffee ( especially since coffee can screw with blood sugar levels ). I know I talk about this every second but for those of you who haven’t heard me say this: cinnamon can slow the speed at which the stomach empties following a meal, which can help control sharp rises and falls in blood sugar levels. Softening these sugar spikes can theoretically reduce cravings.

Cardamom…this is a WHOLE, gnarly blog post but basically this spice kicks ASS. Some benefits: it detoxifies, contains antioxidants, & lowers blood pressure. LOVE it.

Turmeric should be a mandatory spice. Lately (especially since I had surgery & I’m so damn swollen) I’ve been using in it in my fresh juices, smoothies, soups, & in my coffee. It’s a total anti-inflammatory.

Lastly, cacao nibs…these add a kick to the chai tea & cacao is a total super food ( << it’s delicious on steel cut oatmeal too! ). The chocolatey flavored nibs help to destroy free radicals in your cells & tissue.

SO BASICALLY YOU’RE DRINKING A CHAI TEA WITH a million benefits. Forget those high school Starbucks runs, try this baby & enjoy every sip, guilt-free!

Also, if you want to get crazy, add some coconut or almond milk ice cubes.

Cheers! X

+ more recipes like this can be found in TSC Bombshell Body Guide.

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  1. Surprisingly, this looks really good! Haha 🙂 I said “surprisingly” just cause I’m really picky when it comes to food and drinks… Haha
    Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

    Xoxo Jessy

  2. I have always been a fan of the Oregon Chai brand concentrates at home… I usually get their “slightly sweet” which only has 7grams of sugar… still a lot but it’s not something I drink all the itme. They used to make an unsweetened version but it looks like they discontinued it in favor of a “sugar free” version instead..

  3. I love that you always provide so many facts about all the ingredients you add to your drinks/recipes. So helpful and informative.

    You are a ROCKSTAR girl. <3

    Joss | The Blushing Bella

  4. So excited to try your skinny chai recipe! Do you know if the Celestial concentrate contains anise? (I ask because I am pregnant).


    1. Hi Nicole,

      I don’t think so! I don’t see it on the labels. However definitely double check before drinking it! You might want to ask your doctor if it’s safe for consumption while pregnant too :))

      Congrats on the baby!

  5. I drink PG Tips tea, it is STRONG! I use one tea bag to make a little pot and then drink the first cup hot and refrigerate the second. I also like Republic of Tea Earl Grey.

  6. Sounds delicious, but do be careful with the coconut milk and it’s fat content. Just sayin’.

  7. Oh I will definitely be giving this a try. I’m absolutely obsessed with chai. I have a box of chai tea bags at work at all times and everytime I made one, someone mentions how delicious it smells. I can even remember the first time i had chai. It was at a dinner party in 9th grade and I was offered chai tea with a bit of soy milk. I ended up having my mom stop at the grocery store on the way home so I could buy a box of chai tea bags.

    1. Sara, you have to let me know what you think when you try it! Will you take a pic and tag me on Instagram? I can’t wait to hear what an avid chai drinker thinks 🙂

      Thank you fro reading and commenting

  8. LOVE Chai tea but never break down anymore sticking to mostly lattes with almond milk. Thanks, Lauryn for this fab food hack! xx

  9. at the abercrombie skirt/gen manicure/roxy dropppppppppp.

    that plus my tanning bed tan, streaky highlights, super straight hair, looking so FINE!

    I love too that you added tumeric here, I need to consume it more but just do it now in apple cider vinegar shots at night to just get it over with, so it’s good to see it being put in something that’s delishhhhhhhhhhh.

    as always you da best.


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