Chai Tea Latte Oatmeal

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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    Winter Greek Yogurt Bowl

    Keep  healthy  eating  simple; this  Greek Yogurt Bowl  has only 4 ingredients  and makes a great breakfast, lunch or recovery snack.
    It  takes  time and effort to be the healthiest version of yourself. But I hope to make  it a bit  easier for you this year. Remember, the prize could be shaving years off of your age, because there is a strong relationship between lifestyle and biological age.

    Today I have a delicious recipe  for a recovery snack.. I call it Winter Greek Yogurt Bowl because I’m using seasonal citrus, frozen wildblueberries and a teaspoon of maple syrup.  After 40 minutes of resistance training, this recovery snack   provides the  protein necessary for muscle protein synthesis ( 30 grams of protein). Not only is it  high in protein, it’s also great source of fiber and  provides  60% of the daily value for vitamin C and 30% of the daily value for calcium (based on a 2000 calorie diet).

    This winter, don’t hibernate from a healthy lifestyle and remember,  small changes made consistently will ultimately lead to more positive days and less frustration than  multiple changes made all at once.

    Winter Greek Yogurt Bowl

    by Diane Boyd

    Ingredients (makes one serving)

    • 1 cup frozen Wild blueberries
    • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    • 1 fresh mandarin orange

    Instructions

    1. Remove 1 cup frozen Wild blueberries from freezer and place in a small bowl to defrost for about 30 minutes (or use defrost setting on microwave oven for several minutes until thawed.)

    2. Scoop Greek yogurt into a cereal bowl.

    3. Dizzle with maple syrup.

    4. Top with thawed Wild blueberries and sectioned mandarin orange.

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