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Makes 1 serving: 1 cup each
I’m firmly in support of food enjoyment. And that means sometimes you just gotta have dessert! So here’s a shake to make when in need of a chocolate fix (or a chocolate-mint fix!)—any time of the year. It seems super decadent, but it’s actually about half the calories of a traditional shake … and 100% tasty. When whirling it up, be patient with it rather than adding more milk for the thickest, richest-tasting result. It’s a real treat. Kids will love it, too!
Calories Saved: 220
1 tablespoon organic, fair-trade, unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup (170g) fat-free vanilla organic frozen yogurt (100 calories per ½ cup serving)
1/4 cup organic fat-free milk (choose lactose-free, if need)
Few drops pure peppermint extract (optional)
Add the cocoa powder, frozen yogurt, milk, and extract (if using) to a blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and serve
Per serving: 240 calories, 1g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 47g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 41g sugars, 12g protein
The “Before” Recipe
This is the oh-so-chocolaty rich milkshake I enjoyed as a child … before I had to worry about watching my weight!
Makes 1 serving
1 cup classic vanilla ice cream
2 tablespoons chocolate flavor syrup
1/2 cup whole milk, well chilled
Add the ice cream, chocolate syrup, and milk to a blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into a cup and serve.
Per serving: 460 calories, 19g total fat, 11g saturated fat, 70mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 62g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 53g sugars, 9g protein
- Choose quality over quantity
- When there is already plenty of sweetness in a recipe from other ingredients, use cocoa instead of chocolate syrup
- Stick to “real” ingredients … read the labels! For instance, chocolate flavor syrup often contains significantly more corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup than cocoa, plus usually contains artificial flavors, like vanillin, and preservatives, like potassium sorbate. (Yuck!)