Who doesn’t love bubble tea?
Those little tapioca bubbles in this Taiwanese drink burst in your mouth and are perfectly chewy, just like spherical jujubes. Typically, bubble teas are composed of tapioca pearls, full-fat milk and tea, with or without syrup. There was a period of time where I got majorly hooked on these drinks, obtaining extreme pleasure out of biting into these tapioca bubbles. It’s fair to say I had a major case of bubble tea fever (I’m cured now, in case you’re wondering 😉 ). And while I loved these dearly, I had a feeling they were probably quite high in carbohydrates and sugar. Right I was.
Tapioca pearls themselves may not be made of sugar necessarily, but they are a dense source of carbohydrates, with half a cup (1/2 cup/125 ml) providing 68 grams of carbohydrate (roughly the carbohydrate content of 3-4 slices of bread) and providing very few nutrients. 88 grams out of 100 grams of tapioca pearls come from carbohydrates, with under 1 gram coming from beloved dietary fiber and protein. Not the best stats. To make matters worse, some bubble tea makers will dip the gelatinous balls in brown sugar or syrup once they are cooked and ready, and add them into a beverage made with sweetened tea, further adding to the sugar/carbohydrate content.
Bubble teas are fine as an occasional treat but if you crave or enjoy their texture, you may want to try enjoying chia bubble tea. The texture is similar, plus you get to control the amount of added sugar. You’re the boss of that bubble tea.
Pictured above: Cooled lychee and ginger white tea, juice of 1/4 lemon, 1 tsp. honey and 2 tbsp. chia seeds. Such a summery and vitalizing drink.
You may wish to just make “bubble water”. For this, combine 1 cup of cold water, 2 tbsp. black chia seeds, juice of 1/4 lemon and strawberry chunks and let sit until it turns into a “bubble tea” version of strawberry lemonade. Quench that thirst of yours with this invigorating beverage.
You can keep yourself on your toes by playing around with the types of teas and different fruit combinations.
Let me know how you enjoy yours. I sincerely hope you love it!