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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    Cranberry Roasted Breakfast Bowl

    Roast cranberries  to add color and health benefits to a variety of good for you foods including Greek  yogurt and oatmeal.
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    Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the Cranberry Marketing Committee‘s  #CookwithCranberries campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Network. I received fresh cranberry samples and I was compensated for my time.

    Timing is everything! Like my trip to Boston to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo that allowed me to experience the  cranberry harvest in nearby Carver, Massachusetts. Here I am, posing as a cranberry farmer between dietitian colleagues Kristina LaRue, RDN, CSSD of Love & Zest and Kylie Mitchell, MPH, RDN, LD of immaeatthat.8pm-%2f-macenzie-hotel-%2f-47-park-avenue
    Lucky me! Lucky you!  Because cranberries are harvested just in time for Friendsgiving and the holidays making it the perfect time to entertain with fresh cranberries in delicious dishes and drinks! You can even surprise your friends by decorating with them.  For a chance to win one of eight $500 prizes, feature cranberries at your Friendsgiving celebration! Just snap a picture of your Friendsgiving cranberry creations, post it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest, with the hashtag  #FriendsgivingCranberryContest,  and upload it at CranberyFriendsgiving.com For more information and contest rules, visit CranberryFriendsgiving.com.

    As a registered dietitian, I must tell you, fresh cranberries are a versatile fruit that offer BIG health benefits in a little package, including unique polyphenols not commonly found in other fruit. These  nutrients, called PACs (proaythocyanidins), play a role in helping to maintain urinary tract health. In addition to antioxidant polyphenols, a serving of fresh cranberries is a good source of vitamin C, fiber and contains only 1 mg of sodium.  They ‘re  in season in the fall, but you can  enjoy fresh cranberries like this all year long
    img_4964 if you buy one bag for now and freeze two for later. Note: freeze them in their original packaging for up to one year!

    I am building on my cranberry traditions with a novel twist: roasting.  It’s simple to do and roasted cranberries are  the perfect way to add color and health benefits to some of your  favorite good for you foods.  I like to combine  them with  brown and wild rice,  toss into salads,  spread onto sandwiches, and  use as a topping for my Greek yogurt and oatmeal bowls.

    This  eye-catching   breakfast is  brimming with protein, whole grains, calcium and polyphenols in a delicious, satisfying warm meal.  Roast cranberries  to add color and health benefits to a variety of good for you foods including Greek  yogurt and oatmeal.Please join me in taking advantage of the many  reasons to love cranberries!

    Cranberry Roasted Breakfast Bowl (serves 4)

    by Diane Boyd

    Ingredients

      for the roasted cranberries

      • 2 cups cranberries
      • 2 teaspoons olive oil
      • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar

      to assemble breakfast bowl

      • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
      • 2 cups cooked oatmal
      • 1/2 cups pecans
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

      Instructions

      for the roasted cranberries

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

      2. Toss fresh cranberries with oil, and brown sugar.

      3. Roast in oven until softened and slightly caramelized 15- 20 minutes. Use immediately or refrigerate and reheat in microwave oven until warm.

      to assemble breakfast bowl

      1.In each of four cereal bowls, divide Greek yogurt, cooked oatmeal and pecans.

      2.Top each bowl with warm roasted cranberries. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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