Comforting Tea Latte

Well my lack of posts this month has been embarrassing, but please allow me to warm and comfort your soul (and earn your forgiveness) with a delicious drink.

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I recently tried the Earl Grey tea latte at Starbucks for the first time and in addition to being delicious, it gave me some much-needed calcium! If there is something I have learned the last couple of weeks (from battling a never-ending winter and taking a biochemistry course all about vitamins and minerals) it’s that I am lacking in certain essential nutrients, namely calcium and vitamin D. And while both could be easily supplemented, I like to get most of my vitamins and minerals from whole foods. For my nutrition needs, this tea latte fits the bill.

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Now I don’t know about you, but I cannot afford to spend $4 on a daily latte. So I knew I had to figure out a way to make some variation of this drink at home. And I think I got pretty darn close. I managed to make a “latte” without the use of a fancy espresso machine! I don’t think Starbucks will be stealing my recipe anytime soon, but I do think this is a delicious way to add some nutrition to your day and warm your insides. Enjoy!

Comforting Tea Latte (Makes 1 mug)

Ingredients:IMG_4081

  • 1 tea bag of choice (I used Trader Joe’s Cinnamon & Vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk for some extra sweetness)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sugar (optional and amount is up to your discretion; the vanilla soy milk was sweet enough on its own)

Directions:

  • Place your tea bag in a mug and pour boiling water in. Allow tea to seep and create a very strong concentrate.
  • In a saucepan, warm milk to just under boiling. Add vanilla extract and sugar (optional). Pour tea concentrate into saucepan. Make sure you remove the tea bag.
  • Pour contents from the saucepan into a blender. Cover blender with lid and set up to a high setting to “froth” the milk. Turn blender off when you think you’ve whipped it all up sufficiently.
  • Pour latte into a mug. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional). Enjoy your calcium.