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Apple Chai Latte

Apple Chai Latte | Well and Full

You know, being a food blogger is weird. I say this with perspective as someone who worked in the corporate world before starting my own online brand. In a corporate job you’ll have projects and deliverables, but outside of that your progress (especially day-to-day) is slightly objective. For example, when I worked in insurance, I would go in and do my job to the best of my ability, but it’s not like I got instantaneous feedback at the end of the day. I don’t know, maybe that was just a thing at my company. But I have heard similar stories from other friends working in other large corporations.

But when you have a food blog (or ANY type of online presence), you can measure your daily progress by the minute. You can see how many pageviews you get in real time, how many Instagram followers you have, how many “likes” you have on Facebook. And sometimes that’s awesome, but it can get hard too. Especially when it comes to measuring your self-worth outside of these metrics.

This isn’t just a blogging problem though – I know I’ve gotten caught in the cycle of measuring how many people like my personal Instagram and Facebook posts. Maybe you have too. And I could offer some sort of statement like, “Your worth is so much more than how many likes you get!!” (which is true), but I do worry about the prevalence of social media in our lives. (Who here has seen that Black Mirror episode where people get “likes” for every interaction they have??)

Without being so bold as to advise a break from social media, I’d like to invite us all to maybe take some time to think about how we can affect someone’s life in real life. Whether it’s writing a handwritten note, or sending your mom some flowers, or going outside for a walk with a friend – there are so many ways we can savor and treasure real life experiences. :)


P.S. Did you see Monday’s interview with Ashley of Blissful Basil? It’s part of a new series where I discuss the topic of mental health and wellness with other bloggers. We’ve got some amazing bloggers lined up – including Haley of Brewing Happiness, Dana of Minimalist Baker, and Sophie of The Green Life! You won’t want to miss this series!

Apple Chai Latte | Well and Full

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Apple Chai Latte

This apple chai latte is the perfect autumn drink - with warming chai tea, tart apple cider, and sweet maple syrup.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Large Latte

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
  • 2 Chai Tea Bags
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider
  • Maple Syrup to taste
  • Almond Milk to taste
  • Cinnamon to top
  • Apple Slices to top

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil. Right before the water boils (i.e. once bubbles form), turn the heat to low and add the chai tea bags. Steep for 2 minutes, then remove the tea bags.

  2. While the saucepan is still on the heat, add in the cup of apple cider. Stir well. 

  3. Add in the maple syrup - start with 1-2 tbsp, then taste. Add more if you like. 

  4. Then, add in as much almond (or any plant) milk that you like. 

  5. Serve the apple chai latte in one big mug, or two smaller mugs. Top with apple slices and cinnamon.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Apple Chai Latte | Well and Full

Apple Chai Latte | Well and Full

I know this is a little funny coming after a post talking about the drawbacks of social media, but if you DO make this apple chai latte and happen to snap a photo, tag me on Instagram #wellandfull so I can see your creation :) I love seeing my readers’ takes on my recipes!

Cheers!

8 Comments

  • Reply
    thefolia
    October 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I dont want to do anything but eat my apples from the apple orchard we just picked, they are that delicious. But this sure does look pretty, happy harvesting and cheers!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      October 20, 2017 at 11:55 am

      I hear you… I do the same thing with my freshly picked apples :D Cheers, friend!

  • Reply
    Maria
    October 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    This looks like soul warming heaven!!! I’m in full apple mode right now. Can’t get enough. Sipping chai with almond milk right now and wishing I was drinking this instead!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      October 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Aww thanks Maria!! I do love a nice simple chai with almond milk though ;) Bring on all the cozy fall beverages!!

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    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    October 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    i spent this past summer as a digital marketing intern in a very data-driven role, so the feedback was instantaneous! my team wasn’t as volatile, but there was another team that would have to monitor ads super closely to make sure they were staying in their allotted spend and cost per sale. but content marketing (aka blogs!) is considered digital marketing (at that company anyways), so i guess it’s not too surprising that there would be such instantaneous feedback in both settings (: anyways, i love the sound of this! sometimes i get a bit bored by chai, and this sounds even more fall-ish with the apple.

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      Sarah
      October 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      That’s a really good point… the rate of feedback definitely depends on what field you’re in. And honestly, if I was still working in a corporation, I really don’t know which one I would prefer. I like to know how I’m doing, but too much feedback can make me overthink things. Pros and cons to both I guess :) And thank you!! I love chai too but love the complexity of the flavors together as well ;) Cheers!

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    Sabrina Stavenjord
    October 31, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Oh my goodness, apple season is one of my favourites! Theres so many things you can make and bake with apples. This apple chai latte sounds absolutely delicious, I cant wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing :)

    x Sabrina
    http://mymiaou.com

    • Reply
      Sarah
      November 1, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Apple season is my favorite season of all!! I’m a New Englander true and true :) Thanks, Sabrina!

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