November 1, 2013
One of my most favorite YOLO drinks in the world is bubble milk tea. If you’re Asian or live in an area with a lot of Asian people, you’ve probably heard of bubble milk tea. It’s traditionally a Taiwanese dessert drink. With chewy tapioca pearls swimming in a blend of sweet milky goodness and an oversized straw to top of off – ah – it is incredibly addictive!!
Unfortunately though, a drink like this has 400 calories and over 54g of sugar! About $4 a drink. This was definitely a case that I needed to investigate for Cheap Clean Eats. Heathy Bubble Milk Tea. Was it possible?
Turns out it was! Here’s what you’ll need to make a serving of Matcha Bubble Milk Tea (my favorite flavor) for 150 calories and it only costs $1.67! That’s 60% off the regular price at the boba store!
TOTAL: $1.67 and 150 cals VERSUS $4.00 and 400 cals at the store!
All you need to do is blend the first 4 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then for the perfect al dente boba balls, just boil for 3 min. Make sure the water (about 1/2 cup) is sweetened with 10 drops of liquid stevia. Then drain the balls, add to a cup, then pour the milk tea on top!
BOBA TEA DISCUSSION:
It was absolutely delicious!!! You know what though? The reason why I have been delaying this video was because I literally have been FAILING at making the perfect tapioca pearl substitute. (I’ve been trying since like February!!) I tried rolling prunes into balls and boiling them. FAIL. I tried making coconut flour/tapioca flour balls. FAIL. I tried cutting up shirataki noodles into ball form. FAIL. Then I finally realized…okay…if I can at least cut down the sugar and the cals in the liquid part of the drink, I will be ok with the original tapioca balls. And that’s what I did here! Honestly, I can’t think of a way to replicate that chewy texture with any other ingredients! And that chewiness is something that MAKES BOBA, well BOBA!!
The boba balls are made from the starch of the cassava root and contain a lot of carbs. A serving, 1/4 cup has about 110-130 cals and 34g of carbs. Each ball has anywhere between 7-14 calories and a typical drink has 25-75 balls (depending on how generous your boba drink maker is :))
But you know what, once in a while – it is ok! (Like once a week.) But if you just like the milk tea or are training hard for an event, have the drink without the balls.
Now tell me guys, if there were a Boba Tea Shop in your city and they sold healthy boba for 60% off the regular price, would you go?
And now we both can!!! You can go to your own boba tea shop at home, save money, and save your health!
I got the matcha powder at vitacost.com which was A LOT cheaper than at Whole Foods or specialty tea shops. It’s $7.19 for 25 servings. I’ve seen this sold for over $20. Ridic! As for the balls, these were a lot harder to find. I had to go out of the LA city area and into the suburbs to a 99 Ranch to get the balls. I went to like 5-6 different Korean and Japanese supermarkets in the city with no luck. I think you need to find one that is Chinese-run since this is a Taiwanese drink. The package of balls is anywhere between $1.99 to $2.99.
The ones in the video are white but boba balls come in a variety of colors! Pink, green, purple. Traditionally they are black like the ones above.
And while you’re at it, add some large boba straws too! You have to have big straws to suck up the balls or it doesn’t count. Don’t even think about using a spoon. These are $3.04 for 40.
Or…if you wanna be clever…the next time you go to a boba tea shop and get a drink, grab an extra couple straws.
Well I hope you enjoyed my Healthy Boba Drink video!! I also have a question for you – can you answer this in the comments for me?
1. Do you prefer shorter music video style food videos for Cheap Clean Eats or the original talking ones? (Or some hybrid?)
2. Does it confuse you when I tell you how much the recipe costs per serving vs. how much it costs for all ingredients? How can I make it easier to understand?
I’ve seen a lot of complaints about how the recipes actually “aren’t cheap” because you need to, for example, buy a whole pack of whole wheat flour for $6.99 but can only use 1 cup of it to make muffins. Therefore, some people are saying that it’s cheaper to buy a muffin outside for $2. I didn’t think I’d need to say this but I’m gonna say it…you need to invest in ingredients to save $ in the long run!!! Of course I can’t buy 1 TBS of chia seed at the store for 8 cents, but I’m not going to tell you that this bowl of chia pudding will cost you $20 bucks just because I have leftover ingredients! That’s silly. I calculate the recipes by serving because you need to think like that. If all the ingredients in the chia seed pudding can make 20 servings, then it’s $1 a serving! You must buy in bulk to save $. Think Costco.
Ok that is it with my rant! I was getting a bit irked at all of the accusations of Cheap Clean Eats not being affordable because really, it is. In fact, any time you’re making your own food at home, I guarantee that it is cheaper (and sometimes healthier) than going to a restaurant.
Alrighty guys, hope you are having a FANTASTIC START to #Novemburn! Did you figure out what all of the moves were for the 100 Challenge today? Here were the moves in case you didn’t do it yet:
1. 100 jumping jacks
2. 100 sit ups (NOT CRUNCHES)
3. 100 squats (go all the way down and all the way up…these are NOT pulses)
4. 100 criss crosses (make sure to pronate your opposite shoulder to opposite knee)
5. 100 bridge pulses (to make it harder, add a barbell, books, or weights on your pelvic area. Cushion with towels and hold with your hands)
6. 100 chest press pulses (keep those elbows together and make sure you’re going from shoulder height to nose height will pulsing)
How long did this take you? Make sure you execute each move with precision.