I always crave the flavors of chai tea in the fall. Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg. Put those seasonings in anything and I will eat it (or drink it).
This is a fantastic use for those bushels of apples that accumulate this time of year! Smoothies are a wonderful quick meal, and the protein can be really satisfying. Watch out for high calorie additives like peanut butter, unless of course that weight gain is your goal!
Apple Chai Smoothie
2 cups chopped apples (~2 small-medium apples)
1 1/2 cup lowfat plain yogurt (you may use Greek yogurt of you desire)
2 Tbsp orange juice
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Nutrition Info per 1 smoothie: 204 calories, 3 g fat, 10 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 133 mg sodium