Bubble Tea

Posted by Maria Emmerich in athletes, chia seeds, diabetes, drink, PURE PROTEIN/FAT DAY, vegetarian, Weight Loss 08 Apr 2011

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I love this little tea shop called The Tea Garden. They serve something called “Bubble Tea.” The unique ingredient of Bubble Tea is tapioca pearls, but in this case I used Miracle Rice.

Tapioca pearls are about the size of pearls and they have a consistency like gummy candy; but Miracle Rice creates the same gummy texture. The big difference is in the nutritional value. The carbohydrates in tapioca pearls are starch where Miracle Rice is made from a fiber.

A typical “Bubble Tea” drink at The Tea Garden uses between 25 and 75 of these tapioca pearls, and each pearl contains 14 calories of pure starch. So that means that just the tapioca in the drink is hundreds of calories. And that’s without the sugar! Most “Bubble Teas” range from 400 – 1000 calories, depending on the size and the ingredients.


1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup Miracle Rice
1 cup brewed  tea (blueberry, strawberry, coconut chai)
1 tsp stevia glycerite
1/2 tsp flavor extract of your choice (blueberry, pineapple, strawberry)
1 cup crushed ice cubes

In a large bowl, add almond milk, Miracle Rice, tea, natural sweeteners and extract. Stir until the mixture is well combined. Add the ice cubes, and shake so the whole drink can get cold. Pour into a glass. Makes 1 serving.

Traditional Bubble Tea = 280 calories, 67.9 carbs, 0.5g fiber
“Healthified” Bubble Tea = 30 calories, 3 carbs, 1g fiber

  • Diary of a Scatterbrain April 14, 2011 at 1:42 am / Reply

    This is great! I love bubble tea but I got a really bad stomach ache after the first time I tried it because it was SOO sweet. I am defintely going to try this!

  • Maria Emmerich April 14, 2011 at 11:12 am / Reply

    Thanks! I hope you like it!;)

  • Anonymous June 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm / Reply

    Hey – sorry to say, because I love the concept of chia seeds, but I too got a real bad stomach ache after consuming chia seeds. any thoughts on this? i know most people do fine with them, wondering if my digestion tract is faulty.

  • Maria Emmerich June 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm / Reply

    The amount of fiber may have been too high from your typical diet. I would try slowly increasing fiber into your diet AND make sure you drink extra water as you increase fiber or you will get bound up.

    Happy eating!

  • Mary July 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm / Reply

    It’s actually really important to soak the chia seeds for a few hours before you consume them, because they are highly absorbant and will absorb all of the liquid in your stomach if you don’t. This can give people stomach cramps.

  • Maria Emmerich July 24, 2011 at 12:30 am / Reply

    Thanks Mary! I’m new to chia seeds;)

  • Linda January 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm / Reply

    I read the recipe and the comments. I noticed people talking about Chia seeds in the comments and I don’t see them in the recipe. Am I missing something here?

    • Debbie January 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm / Reply

      I am wondering the same thing too Linda 🙂

  • Patricia Menville January 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm / Reply

    What is miracle rice?

  • Claudette Melanson March 13, 2014 at 2:25 am / Reply

    You’re amazing! I was missing bubble tea 🙂

    • cemmerich March 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm / Reply


  • Valerie Pergolizzi May 14, 2014 at 2:22 am / Reply

    Are chia seeds interchangeable with Miracle Rice in this recipe? I’m confused about where chia seeds come into this recipe.

    • cemmerich May 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm / Reply

      You probably could use them, but they will add to the carbs. 🙂

      • Sara May 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm / Reply

        But chia seed carbs would be mostly fiber and net out, right?

        • cemmerich May 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm / Reply

          When I talk about keto and macros (5% or less carbs) it is always total carbs. Even fiber carbs can add up and kick you out of ketosis. 🙂

          • Sara June 1, 2014 at 4:31 am /

            That’s really interesting!! I don’t eat keto, but…if fiber is really indigestible and doesn’t affect blood sugar, how could it affect you in ketosis?

          • cemmerich June 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm /

            I know that is the conventional wisdom with fiber, but I have seen many clients get kicked out of ketosis with too much fiber. Also, too much fiber elongates and irritates the bowels.

          • cemmerich June 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm /

            Also, causes water retention. When you have water retention you don’t digest fats as efficiently.

          • Sara June 2, 2014 at 5:28 am /

            Wow…who knew? Really helpful stuff Maria, thanks for taking the time to answer my question!!

  • Amy October 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm / Reply

    I have yet to be inspired to buy any of the miracle noodles as pasta isn’t something I really miss. But this did it. I have always wanted to try the bubble tea – and I love rice pudding too, so I ordered some miracle rice. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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