Saturday, May 31, 2014

Oprah Chai Latte

I am one of those people who have been working to make like an "Automatic Millionaire" and reduce my Latte Factor.

A Latte Factor is the amount of money we spend (or waste) on little things every day like a coffee or water bottle when in reality we could have easily made that coffee or filled at bottle at home or work.
If you are also trying to reduce the amount you spend I highly recommend the book "Automatic Millionaire" by David Bach.

But while you might be trying to reduce the latte factor, sometimes, on somedays, you might just want to indulge. At least I know I do at times (hey, we are only human).
Sounds silly but I make myself "earn" a specialty beverage at Starbucks and I really do enjoy every sip of my favourite coffee cocktails. Why? Because it's usually pretty pricey for a coffee and I prefer to eat vs drink my calories.

But...there is some good news! With the launch of Oprah's new Chai Latte I'm finding new reasons to get back in line at Starbucks. I still think it's important to be aware of what you are spending and consuming but I wanted to give the new Oprah drink a try.

The pros: a tall Oprah Chai is $3.75, it has more spice (cinnamon, nutmeg etc) than the regular tazo chai, comes in iced or hot variations, has a beautiful quote from Oprah on the sleeve.
Mine said: "You are not here to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more of who you really are."

The cons: Research has shown a tall Oprah Chai has 40 mg of caffeine in it. There are 34 mg in a 12 oz  can of Coke. But if caffeine is not a concern for you then I'd be hard pressed to find something wrong with this beverage, although it will take a little time to adjust to the "less sweet" part, if like me you are accustomed to the Tazo Chai Latte. But...less sweet is not really a bad thing.

Overall, I think the pros outweigh the cons, so I'd encourage you to give the Oprah Chai a try, if nothing else, your Latte money will be going to help empower children with leadership training and educational programs and that for me is the best reason to indulge.

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