Shake Up Your Summer

Aug 3, 2014

Raise your hand if you don’t like a real homemade milkshake—nobody’s hand should be up!

090913-0010ASASNBVXI love cold delicious shakes, but am always looking for recipe alternatives that cut the calories without cutting the flavor. I like to add fresh fruit because it’s healthy, available, and can “bulk up” the drink in a nutritious snap. Wah-lah!

Michelle’ Favorite Summertime Shake


Two ripe bananas
1-2 small scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk
I cup ice
Dash vanilla
1-2 teaspoons sugar

1-3 chopped peaches, nectarines, or a handful of strawberries

Directions: Throw it all in a blender and hit purée, baby! Serve immediately. Don’t wait! Makes 4-6 small servings or a couple’a whoppers.

Unsolicited tips: Not only does using the ice and milk cut the calories (as opposed to simply adding more ice cream,) it also serves to create more of an “iced milk” type shake which my family prefers. It’s still creamy and dreamy, but not so thick and heavy. Also let’s the fruit flavors come alive.

The shake in the photo was made with fresh white peaches and it was soooooo goooood. Happy summer!

Michelle Milk Shake_July 2014


Michelle can be found at her blog Kickin’ It in the Kitchen. Besides recipes and a good sense of humor, she offers workshops on meal planning, as well as ones titled “Welcome to the Table, Little One,” “Thinking Outside of the Lunch Box,” “Homemade Baby Food,” and the tantalizing “Scrounge.”

THE-Michelle-photo-300x200Try Michell’s other recipes:
Citrus Roasted Chicken
Greek Avgolemeno Soup
Chicken Fajitas
Garbanzo-Bulgar Wheat-Lemon-Herb Salad
Piña Colada Pancakes
Homemade Bruschetta
Simply Delicious Summer Fruit Crisp
Mediterranean Layer Dip
Buttermilk French Toast
Balsamic Glazed Beets
Michelle’s Tortilla Soup
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Simply Delicious Baked Apples
Michelle’s Cole Slaw

Tumeric Rice with Vegetables (& Chicken if You Like)
Pasta with Broccolini & Chicken
Michelle’s Hearty Summer Salad


Photo, top right: Peaches, “090913-0010ASASNBVX” by General Sisi – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.




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