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My favorite winter treat is a chai tea latte from a coffeehouse. I love the perfect combo of spicy and sweet, and that the black tea is energy-infusing without making me feel over-wired.

But a barista-made grande/medium chai tea latte, even with skim milk, has 210 calories and 6 Weight Watchers Points. Nothing crazy, but as this is only a drink and not a filling hunk of protein and veggies, those calories do add up.

During the depressive, cold winter months I may be able to justify the splurge and cover up its aftermath with jeans and sweaters. But come the daily trips to the pool with the kids this summer, I will be able to see the effects of those sweet drinks on my bod.

In honor of the dawn of spring, I have been making my own chai tea latte at home with SPLENDA®. (You can visit SPLENDA’s SweetSwaps.com for more inventive ways to lower the calories in your favorite sweet recipes.)

I bought a bunch of cool spices I do not normally stock and I can taste the difference. I am saving money and saving myself future shame in my tankini.

I love the richer, spicier taste of my home brewed version. And I love that the only calories I am drinking are in the milk!

Swimsuit Season Chai Tea Latte

2 cups water
2 Tb. loose leaf black tea or 3 black tea bags
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 cardamom pods (cracked) or 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 whole star anise or 1/2 tsp. ground anise seed
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 whole cloves
4 whole peppercorns
4 tsp. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated  
1/2 cup non-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk

Bring the water, tea, and spices to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. The liquid will reduce a bit. 

Strain the mixture (squeezing out tea bags if using) and stir in SPLENDA.

Steam your milk if you are into foam. I am usually too lazy and simply add the milk, as the tea mixture is boiling. 

Confession: I usually double and never share. 

Do you make your own chai at home? Do you do it differently?

When I am out of my American grocery store versions of these spices I am planning a trip to the authentic Indian grocery store in my area for the real deal!

Want to learn more ways to celebrate spring and lighten up your recipes? Join the  SPLENDA® Brand Sweet Life Spring #SweetSwaps Twitter Party 

Tuesday, March 31 at 1 p.m. ET

Follow the #SweetSwaps hashtag to track the conversation.

Get the details and RSVP here.

5 prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card, an assortment of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and a SPLENDA® branded apron and bag. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. Official rules here.

Follow hosts @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

This post is part of the SPLENDA® Brand Sweet Life blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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