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Jun 1, 2017

Dirty Chai Protein Shake (dairy + gluten free)

At the start of 2017, I set a goal to be healthier. This included exercising more, drinking more water each day, and eating healthier. Of course, I set a weight loss goal too because I really hadn't made my diet a priority in awhile. If I'm being totally honest, since my pregnancy with my littlest bug.

Setting a tangible goal, like drinking 100 ounces of water per day, made things easier for me. I went back to tracking everything I ate and working out multiple times per week. In the first six weeks of the year, I lost 12 pounds! While I pride myself on NOT basing my health on the numbers on the scale, it's really hard to stay motivated if you're tracking measurable goals. So this was big for me. 

The hubby and I went on a trip to Mexico and I fully planned to indulge while we were there and buckle down again when we returned. That proved to be even more difficult than the first six weeks had been and I quickly got discouraged again. So I went back to setting goals that I knew I could reach to help jumpstart my motivation.

I started drinking protein shakes every morning, and found some delicious and simple combinations that really helped keep me full all morning. I've tried shakes and smoothies before but they never kept me full until lunch time. I always felt like I needed to eat actual food too, which really just meant I was consuming more calories than necessary.

I'm a devout coffee drinker too, so I was thrilled to find a way to include my coffee along with my protein shake so I wasn't carrying 2-3 cups around with me. Latte shakes are super simple and quick to make. They're so versatile too, with many flavor options. I love to keep them simple and really feel like I'm drinking a frappe or iced coffee! While my go-to is vanilla, this chai version is a favorite too. 

Dirty Chai Protein Shake {dairy + gluten free)

  • 1 cup cold brew coffee* (or brewed coffee that's been refrigerated overnight)
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk of choice
  • 1/2 of a banana** 
  • 1 scoop Chai flavored protein powder (in this case, Bob's Red Mill Chai Protein Powder)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • about 5-8 ice cubes***
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. This is enough for one serving. 

*I have this cold brew pitcher which I LOVE. I can make my coffee at night and have it ready for the mornings. Plus, the pitcher holds enough coffee to make a week's worth of shakes. 

**If you don't like bananas, you can omit it, but I think it lends to a creamier texture. 

***You could also freeze leftover coffee in an ice cube tray and use those instead of plain ice cubes. 

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I received Bob's Red Mill Protein Powder to try. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are mine alone.

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