Iced Vanilla Chai Tea (with Protein)

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

July 18, 2016

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Iced Vanilla Chai Tea (with Protein)


Iced Vanilla Chai Tea with Protein Powder


*Spoiler alert! You are looking at a recipe in my next cookbook! Best Fork Forward: Drinks and Desserts! 

I am a really big fan of chai tea. It’s a weakness! Especially when the Fall comes around, one of the most tempting orders I could make at Starbucks is an Iced Chai Tea Latte. BUT even if I was really “good” and ordered a SMALL with NONFAT MILK (I mean…how healthy is that?!?!) it would cost me 33 grams of carbohydrates. Between the milk and the concentrate mix they use…that’s a lot of sugar to put in my body.

Good news here? I can save money and maaaajor sugar/carbs/calories but making my at home version with vanilla protein powder and a touch of sweetener. Use this as an evening treat if you need or even as a protein shake if you are on a pre-op diet.

A note to postop patients on protein shakes: use them wisely. The majority of the time, protein shakes really aren’t the best choice after Gastric Sleeve, Bypass or Duodenal Switch. I know you’re thinking “WHAT? But how would I get my protein in??” I have videos all about these sorts of questions but in general a protein shake will not fill you up and keep you full as long as a food protein would.

But. A “wise” use of a protein shake would be for a treat like this. If it gives you the satisfaction you’ve been desiring without breaking down and going for the Starbucks big dog.

Here is a video (reserved for members) about shakes and when to use them after surgery.


Iced Vanilla Chai Tea with Protein Powder

Iced Vanilla Chai Tea

Cuisine: No Cook
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
If you like iced chai tea or chai tea lattes, you will love this version of a protein drink! Simple to put together and a wonderful change of pace with flavor!
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  • 1 bag decaf chai tea example brands "Stash" or "Twinnings"
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder example brands "Unjury" or "Powercrunch"
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1-3 tsp sweetener of choice and if desired


  • Steep tea in water for 4 minutes per package instructions. Set aside to let cool to room temperature.
  • Pour tea in a shaker cup with vanilla protein powder and shake well. Pour over ice. Taste and add sweetener if desired.


Serving: 1recipe | Calories: 110kcal | Protein: 25g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 90mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Iced Vanilla Chai Tea
Amount Per Serving (1 recipe)
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 90mg3%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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