Chai Tea Latte Oatmeal

Warm, Sweet and Spicy Chai tea latte Oatmeal is a delicious breakfast that keeps sugar in check.

Enjoy warm,  sweet and spicy Chai Tea Latte Oatmeal today, without regrets tomorrow; thanks to Truvia® Natural Sweetener, keeping sugar and calories in check. 
Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #TasteTruvia campaign as a member the Healthy Aperture Network. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own

Another year has past. As I turn the pages of the calendar, I like to focus on the positive aspects of growing older; life has less drama, and I’ve had a great deal of  practice trying to live in the moment. However, I must consider ALL aspects of aging if I am to stand any chance of doing  it gracefully. Spoiler Alert: My calories needs are decreasing.   Yes, it is true; it comes with maturity. I know,  BUMMER. But it’s not so bad. Believe it or not, I’ve found a simple way to maintain a healthy weight by exercising daily, eating  nutrient rich foods and using  less sugar. If you’re thinking ,

Cutting back on sugar is rotten!

please  hear me out before you click out …

Life with less sugar can be just as sweet. .

 ..with Truvia® Natural Sweetener. This  natural, great tasting, zero-calorie sweetener is made with stevia leaf extract, the sweetest part of the stevia leaf. It sprinkles just like sugar, and  one packet provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar.

I ‘ve been enjoying  it in coffee, tea, yogurt  and most recently in this Chai Tea Latte Oatmeal. A typical Chai Tea Latte  (made by your favorite barista) is loaded with added sugar; as much as 32 grams. Not mine.. Enter #TasteTruvia. I steeped my very own Chai Tea and sweetened it with Truvia® Natural Sweetener.  Then I used the strained tea as  liquid to cook old fashioned oatmeal, and topped off the cereal  with frothed milk and grated nutmeg. YUM! I like the convenience of  making Chai Tea ahead of time and storing it in the refrigerator so it’s ready to go when I am. The entire  satsifying bowl is under 150 calories. For breakfast it offers me an opportunity to improve my intake of whole grains, still keeping my sugar and calorie intake in check, even when I team it with a couple of hard boiled eggs or an egg white omelet.   In the afternoon it’s a gratifying snack, holding me over until dinner.

Maybe now you’re wondering,

Who can benefit from  Truvia® Natural Sweetener?

It is great for diabetics or anyone trying to reduce sugar in their diets. Using Truvia® natural sweetener as part of a routine that incorporates multiple lifestyle changes can help you realize the benefits of weight loss and/or weight maintenance by improving your ability to manage sugar intake and reduce calories as part of a balanced diet. 

Let #TasteTruvia help you succeed in your efforts for a  New Year, New You by  adopting a lifestyle that manages sugar and calories  yet allows the you the  pleasure of sweetness in coffee, tea, yogurt and cereal.

Chai Tea Latte Oatmeal

by Diane Boyd

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients (serves 1)

    for the Chai Tea

    • 10 whole cloves
    • 10 cardamon seeds
    • 4 black peppercorns
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped
    • 4 cups water
    • 4 black tea bags
    • 4 individual packet Trivia® Natural Sweetener

    For a single serving of Chai Tea Latte Oatmeal

    • 1 cup chai tea
    • 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
    • dash of salt
    • 1/2 cups milk, frothed
    • grated nutmeg (optional)

    Instructions

    For the Chai Tea

    1. Combine first 5 ingredients to a medium saucepan. Using a mallet or wooden spoon, lightly crush and bruise the spices.

    2. Add 4 cups of water; bring to boil over medium-high heat.

    3. Reduce heat to medium-low ; partially cover pan and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

    4. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags

    5. Strain chai tea through a sieve lined with cheese cloth or a paper filter. Add Truvia® natural sweetener to strained tea. Stir to combine .

    For a Single Serving of Chai Tea Latte Oatmeal

    1. Combine 1 cup of chai tea and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.

    7. Stir in 1 cup of old-fashioned oats; reduce heat and cook 5 minutes.

    8. Cover; remove from heat and allow to sit 2-3 minutes.

    9. Pour oatmeal into cereal bowl and top with frothed milk, and grated nutmeg as desired.

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    Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts | #PastaFits

    Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts is just one example of the myriad of ways pasta fits into a busy lifestyle by providing a means to quick, wholesome and affordable  meals that are pleasing to the palate.Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts, #pastafits
    Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the  Pasta Fits campaign as a member of Healthy Aperture Blogger Network.  I was compensated for my time. 

    Aah, summer. It’s hard to say goodbye to the beach, pool parties and lazy days.. The school year is a slew of schedules and the best way to navigate the hectic  mornings, homework assignments, activities and rounds of sports is organization. Preparing for back to school  should include a plan for meals and snacks. Easing  back into a routine of healthy eating after  the summer doesn’t have to be difficult. Keep it simple by focusing on  foods that:

    • provide sustained energy

    • are quick and wholesome

    • are  affordable

    • please every palate on every occasion

    Pasta  fits the above criteria making it a smart choice for meals during the school year! One serving of pasta of provides 7 grams of protein and about 200 calories of sustainable engery.  The start of a new school year is no time to be sluggish, tired and unable to concentrate. Complex carbohydrates, like a pasta, provide the optimum type of fuel to power your muscles and brain. A slower release of energy keeps both you and your kids going throughtout the day .

    Pasta  can be the start of  wholesome meals  that can be assembled  in minutes. It pairs well with   protein rich foods ( like lean meat, seafood, nuts and legumes),  nutrient dense vegetables and heart healthy fats.

    Pasta is one of the most affordable meals. Keeping pasta on hand  elimates the need for pricey takeout.

    Pasta is versatile; it can be eaten at any time of the day, and there infinite ways to add your own special culinary twitst. Today I combined it with broccoli, peanuts and a lemon honey dressing for a  terrific side or vegetarian meal ..Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts

    and the leftovers are perfect to tote school or work.

     

    Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts

    This school year, make the grade with  pasta  for  quick, affordable,  nutritious and satifying meals!

    Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts

    serves 6

    total prep/cooking time: 20 minutes

    by Diane Boyd

    Ingredients

    • 7 oz. dry fusilli
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 2 cups broccoli flowerets
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup roasted peanuts

    Instructions

    1. Cook  pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Toss with canola oil.

    2. Blanch broccoli for one minute in boiling salted water. Refresh under cold running water and drain well.

    3. Blend lemon juice, honey and seasonings (onion powder through salt). Combine pasta with the broccoli , lemon-honey mixture and seasonings. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Stir in peanuts just before serving. Serve cold or reheat in microwave.

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