Foodie Friday: ‘Bikini Body’ Iced Vanilla Oolong Chai

You know how there’s a whole category of blogs devoted to Pinterest projects gone awry? I think a real Pinterest fail is when a totally legit-sounding pin doesn’t link up to the right thing. Or anything, even. This was the case with this week’s Foodie Friday–Vanilla Oolong Chai–that I pinned over a year ago. The pin, an image of a piece of fresh ginger, a galon of milk, and some random tea bags, sat on my Projects! pin board, untouched by me until earlier this week when I decided I wanted to feature the recipe in this post. When I went to click on it though, there was nada. Actually, that’s a lie–there was this:

Womp womp.

Womp womp.

Weak. After googling “Vanilla Oolong Chai Bikini-Body Drink”, I found more pins…which were also incorrectly linked. Of course, all this did was make me even more determined to find the source of the pin, which I eventually DID…Though that’s probably pretty obvious since this Foodie Friday post exists. Coming in at only 46 calories and packed with a “healthy dose of vitamins”, this vanilla chai wonder is super bikini-friendly. Plus, it has cinnamon that may help to control blood sugar levels and anti-inflammatory ginger to help reduce muscle pain and swelling post-workout. Is that considered a Pin Win? HA. Sorry, sorry. ANYWAY, here’s how to make Oxygen Magazine’s “Bikini Body Drink”!

Foodie Friday: Iced Vanilla Oolong Chai

Skinny chai so good you may never have to order one from 'bucks again. Image Credit

Skinny chai so good you may never have to order one from ‘bucks again. Image Credit

Adapted from a recipe from Oxygen Magazine.

46 Calories Per Serving, Makes 4 Servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2″ piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 8 Oolong tea bags
  • Sweetener of your choice to taste (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add water, milk, vanilla, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat so that liquid maintains a very slow simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Increase heat to medium. When liquid is bubbling, turn off heat and add tea bags. Cover pan and steep 4 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and pour tea through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher. Stir in sweetener if using. Serve immediately over ice (may be refrigerated up to 1 day).
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…And that’s it! Image Credit

Are you into chai? Will you be trying this bikini bod drink? Have any recipes of your own to share? Sound off in the comments below!

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

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