Many of us resolve in the new year to invest more time in our health and wellness, whether that’s eating nutritious foods, moving our bodies on a daily basis or just taking extra care of ourselves all around. We believe that making positive change in your life doesn’t need to be drastic in order to be effective. Eating and drinking more healthfully doesn’t mean giving up the things you love, but rather finding a new way to enjoy them in a better way. To use your favorite Oregon Chai® flavors in a more mindful and nutritious way, just make one of these healthy chai recipes.
Start your day with a nutritious smoothie made with bananas, yogurt and the milk of your choice. This chai smoothie is easily customizable with the milk and yogurt products that work for you – whether that’s nondairy or low-fat dairy. Switch things up by trying this recipe out with a flavored chai concentrate like Spiced or Vanilla. Or blend it up as an after dinner treat by using Caffeine Free chai concentrate.
Nuts are a great source of protein, vitamins, good fats and fiber! This chai nut mix is a little salty – which makes it a perfect snack to grab instead of chips. And it has that perfect chai sweetness that satisfies sweet snack cravings too. Be adventurous by using any blend of your favorite nut varieties.
This simple chai smoothie base is the perfect option for hectic mornings when you just need to throw ingredients in the blender, blend them together and hit the road. For mornings when you’ve got more time, it’s the perfect jumping off point for your own chai smoothie creation. Add in frozen fruit, like peach slices, for a chai smoothie that tastes like peach cobbler. Or toss in a little coffee and Greek yogurt for a dirty chai that fortifies you all morning.
Homemade chai granola bars are a great way to customize a snack that works best for you and your body. Experiment with different or less sweetener, and pack in the dried fruits that you love best. There’s no limit to the different combinations of grains, seeds, nuts and fruits you can coat with chai goodness and make into your own special granola bar creation.
Eating more fruit is easy when you’re enjoying them with this Chai Snack Dip! Slice up apples, pears, plums, peaches or bananas to dip right in. Or cut up a variety of fruits and stir in a spoonful of chai dip to make a delectable chai fruit salad.
Oatmeal has often gotten a bad rap for being a boring breakfast food, but this isn’t your grandma’s oatmeal! A splash of chai goes a long way in this filling whole grain breakfast. We recommend using old fashioned oats since they have a good amount of protein, fiber and iron.
Chai can be a wonderful part of your well-being story in more ways than just these recipes. Shake off the day by taking a tumbler of chai with you on a long walk or refreshing hike. Or invest in your mental well-being by savoring a mug of chai in a quiet moment that’s just for you. For more chai recipe and lifestyle inspiration, join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.