The perfect summer beverage
It was late. It was hot. I didn't feel like cooking. So last night, I stopped by bigg's to pick up some sushi and stumbled upon a treat I hadn't had since last summer: Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein Vanilla Chai Tea with Soy Protein. This stuff is quite possibly my favorite beverage of the moment: It's refreshing and just about as tasty as a vanilla milkshake or egg nog, only a lot more nutritious. One 8-ounce serving has 160 calories, 3 grams of fat, 530 mg of potassium (15 percent of what you need in a day) and 10 grams of protein, plus lots of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. And it's "all natural" (although who knows where the "natural flavors" listed in the ingredients come from). The only problem is, it's so good that you could easily drink most of the 1-liter bottle in one sitting. The high school-aged guy who rang me up says he buys exactly what I bought last night almost every day. Yikes. Anyway, there are lots of other Bolthouse flavors that I haven't tried, but for now I'm kind of stuck on the vanilla chai. Darn it, why didn't I bring some into work today?