When you are dieting, nothing ever seems to sound tastier than a good dessert. But who said milkshakes couldn’t be good for you? With milk and ice as your base, a healthy shake makes for a tasty treat without ruining your careful calorie counting. It will also provide you a substantial amount of protein and calcium. Though adding ice is generally something that you’d do with a smoothie, it will also help thicken the shake and stretch the size of your frosty snack–so your waistline doesn’t!
1. Not Just for Breakfast: Instant Breakfast Shake
This delicious shake is a bit more frappe than shake, but packs in tons of protein, vitamins and minerals for only 150 calories, even making it the perfect post-workout snack. In your blender, pour 1 cup skim milk, 1 cup ice cubes and one packet of no sugar added Carnation Instant Breakfast mix. Blend until combined.
2. Old-School Milkshake Makeover
There’s nothing like a classic milkshake, straight from the soda fountain. So why not make it over so it’s healthier than those old-school shakes? This lightened up version tastes just as delicious as the original. Put 1/4 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1/4 packet of Stevia (or to taste) in a blender. Pulse a few times to combine. Add 1/2 cup milk and 1 cup vanilla or chocolate frozen yogurt or double churned (light) ice cream. Blend briefly to mix, then serve and enjoy!
3. Strawberry Shake
Swap ice cream for yogurt in this healthy but tasty shake and save yourself some calories while you chalk up one of your fruit servings for the day. Blend 1 container plain yogurt, 1 cup chopped strawberries, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon no sugar added strawberry preserves and 1 cup milk. Serve up a creamy shake with 1/2 a vertically cut fresh strawberry on top.
4. Banana Split Shake
Down 30% of your daily dose of calcium and nearly 1/4 of your daily potassium needs in this tasty shake. Break 1 banana apart and freeze in a sandwich bag. To make the shake, blend the frozen banana chunks with1 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup ice, and 1-2 tablespoons Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. Choose one of the new light or sugar free syrups for an extra calorie savings.
This creamy orange shake requires a little planning, but it is definitely worth it. Fill an ice tray with light vanilla flavored soy milk and freeze the cubes a day ahead. Crack 1/2 of the tray into the blender. Add enough orange juice to reach the top of the cubes. For a little extra texture, peel a small orange or clementine and add that to the blender as well. Blend until desired thickness.
6. Classic Vanilla Shake
Trade ice cream for fat free pudding, and enjoy a lightened version of this soda fountain favorite without packing on the pounds. Some of the puddings contain only 80 calories, so you can enjoy this treat for about 125 calories! Empty a snack size container of pudding into the blender and add 1/2 cup ice cubes and 1/2 cup milk or vanilla flavored milk before blending into a deliciously frosty masterpiece!