Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cooking My Way: A Sweet Treat

It's Recipe Wednesday again and I realize that I missed last weeks post. get two this week to make up for it.

I've been posting recipes that are more for main meals but what I haven't discussed is sweets and snacks. I tend to stay away from the sweets because for one, they are usually loaded down with fat, calories, and sugar and two, most of the ones that are supposedly healthy use artificial sweeteners that are harmful to you. My strategy for curbing my sweet tooth is a trick that I borrowed from Clara. I keep a bag of dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses in the freezer and most nights I take out three (nine are a serving) and eat those before bed. But every once in a while you just want a dessert after a meal or something sweet as a snack. I usually do smoothies or Greek yogurt for a sweet snack but today my little girl asked for a milkshake.


You've got it...a milkshake! Lucky for me, my dad had left a half carton of Blue Bell's Homemade Vanilla No Sugar Added ice cream in our freezer. While it still has calories, fat, and sugar it's no where near the amount in regular ice cream and is still in my calorie range as long as I haven't splurged at any other time during the day. I hadn't really planned on drinking this milkshake today. I had only planned on tasting it and making a smoothie for me. But after it was all said and done, the little stinker didn't want it.

Well what kind of milkshake was this? Just vanilla? Chocolate? Nope. It was strawberry and I made it with fresh strawberries and some vanilla almond milk. It turned out great. Definitely not as sweet as something you'd get at an ice cream shop or Sonic but still tasty and better for you.

I wish I had thought to take a picture of it but I hadn't really planned on doing a dessert for one of my recipes. It's very simple.

Strawberry Milkshake

Fresh cut strawberries
Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla No Sugar Added Ice cream
Vanilla almond milk

Here's the deal. When I make things in the blender like this milkshake or smoothies, I don't really measure. I put a good bit of strawberries in the bottom, topped it with a couple scoops of ice cream, and then poured the almond milk on top and blended until strawberries were finely chopped. I also use one of those individual serving blenders so you can't put a ton of stuff in there anyway. If I had of been making this for myself to begin with, I probably would have measured out the ice cream so I knew exactly how many calories were in there. But all in all, it was a very refreshing sweet treat!


Peace, Love, and Healthy Living,


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