Your favorite chai spices in a healthy protein shake! This vanilla chai protein shake recipe is perfect for on-the-go energy.
We’re quickly spiraling into that back-to-school season. Back-to-school…back to kids and their busy sports schedules. This year our evenings will be filled with running kids to soccer and cross-country. Throw a few dance classes in there for Kinslee and my evenings fly out the window.
I keep telling myself that I really do love seeing my kids active. It’s a blessing, and one that I won’t have for that many more years.
These days I have a hard time keeping healthy food on the table. With the kids as active and as hungry as they are, I’ve really encouraged them to start drinking smoothies and protein shakes to get more veggies, fruits and proteins in their diets.
I’m always trying to come up with new combinations for smoothies and shakes. One of my favorite flavor combinations is chai spice, so I knew I needed to create a chai protein shake using vanilla protein powder and those savory chai spices!
What does this chai protein shake have in it? Milk, strongly brewed tea, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and then protein powder. You can even add a tablespoon of chia seeds for extra nutritional value.
When you are adding all of the ingredients to the shaker bottle, be sure to add the protein powder last. This ensures that the integrated mixer will blend it all in smoothly.
Vanilla Chai Protein Shake
- 8 ounces milk
- 1/3 cup strong brewed tea chilled
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch cardamom
- pinch cloves
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- Pour the milk into the Thermos brand shaker bottle.
- Add the tea to the milk.
- Add the vanilla and spices.
- Add the protein powder and chia seeds (if desired).
- Place the mixer in the shaker bottle and screw on the cap.
- Shake for 30 seconds or until the drink is smooth.
- Add ice if desired.