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Chai Tea Lattes: An Easy Substitution

Last Friday I had a morning doctor appointment.  You know what that means ... this gal is treating herself afterwards!  

I guess it started at an early age with our local pediatrician.  I remember walking out of the exam room, puffy-eyed and still sniffling from having to get a shot (hate 'em!) but really excited to be sporting a sticker and pushing up a red ice pop.  The art of positive connotation, ya'll.

My treat of choice on Friday was a soy chai tea from Panera.  Which was incredible.  Except for the 200 calorie count it carries.  I will give props to Panera -- their nutritional information is extremely visible on the menu (and also on this easy-to-use site) so I knew exactly what I was ordering.  But still.  I may have had a little bit of order remorse afterwards.


Enter ... my favorite new substitution!  I found these Cafe Escapes Chai Latte K-Cups at Bed Bath & Beyond and I am here to tell you that they are AWESOME.  Each K-Cup already has the sweetener and cream added, so all you do is brew it in your Keurig and start sipping.

Nutritional Info: Cafe Escapes Chai Latte
Calories: 60
Fat: 2.5g (saturated fat)
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 170mg
Carbohydrates: 9g
Sugar: 7g
Protein: 1g

Nutritional Info: Panera Chai Tea
Calories: 200
Fat: 4g (2.5g saturated fat)
Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 90mg
Carbohydrates: 33g
Sugar: 32g
Protein: 7g

Nutritional Info: Starbucks Chai Tea Latte (tall with skim)
Calories: 160
Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 80mg
Carbohydrates: 34g
Sugar: 32g
Protein: 6g

You can see that the Panera and Starbucks options do have more protein and less sodium, but they are significantly higher in calories, carbohydrates, and sugar.  For me, I am good about getting my protein through food sources and I am not (on most days) a big consumer of sodium, so overall the K-Cups are a better option for me.  And they are SO tasty!  

Cost-wise, you can get 16 K-Cups for $9.59 if you use your 20% off coupon at BB&B.  That comes out to $0.60/cup.  Do we even need to compare this to the other options?

I just couldn't wait to share this great find with you!

13 comments:

  1. ooh I will have to try these!

    BTW I love your mug!

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  2. Starbucks chai tea lattes are totally my vice. I started ordering them with Soy milk which saves a few calories - but I'll have to pick these bad boys up.

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  3. YES YES YES!

    chia lattes are a favorite of mine as well! i scored a pack of these at target not too long ago (can't remember if it's the same brand, though) and can't get enough!

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  4. I'm totally getting these.... I've snubbed Starbucks in the past few years after falling in love w/ my Keurig and realizing how much money I was spending!!! YIKES!

    Love that these are only 60 calories. I need all the help I can get.

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  5. Delish! I love a good chai. Invest in some chai tea bags and you get all the flavor without *any* of the crazy calorie counts.

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  6. Another option for those of us without fancy machines ;): I buy boxes of Tazo Chai tea bags, brew them at double-strength (half the water), then mix in vanilla soy milk. Then you're looking at just the calories in 1/2 c of so of the soy milk instead of all the extra sugar in the SB/Panera versions. It makes an especially good iced chai latte.

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  7. That's such a great alternative! We have these at work sometimes, so maybe I'll have to splurge, especially come winter!

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  8. I was in love with chai lattes before children. Now all I have is coffee with skim-milk. But now I am so in the mood for some chai!

    If I may ask, where did you get that super cute travel mug? I just love it!

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  9. 60 Calories AND only 60 Cents!

    Wow going to get these asap!

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  10. Great find!! I LOVE Chai Lattes from SBucks. Will have to add these K-Cups to my stash!

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  11. Okay, this is a REALLY dumb question, but... is there any coffee/espresso in this? I want to try it but really don't like either of those!

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  12. One of my favorite treats in my keurig!!

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  13. This is awesome, thanks for sharing. I love a good Chai in the morning, great to see the comparison to really know what you are drinking. www.hopepostkids.com

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