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
Fat: 2.5g (saturated fat)
Nutritional Info: Panera Chai Tea
Fat: 4g (2.5g saturated fat)
Nutritional Info: Starbucks Chai Tea Latte (tall with skim)
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!