This recipe for a blueberry milkshake is a cool treat that’s on the lighter side – this milkshake has 70% less calories than the original version!
What happened to this school year? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was dropping my older girls off for their very first day of preschool and now it’s almost summer break. You know what they say about time flying! Anyways, we all need some cool treats to beat the summer heat and this might be my new favorite. It’s a blueberry milkshake with 70% less calories than the original version.
Milkshakes taste amazing, but they’re definitely one of the highest calorie frozen treats. A milkshake from an ice cream parlor can set you back over 700 calories and 18 grams of fat with all of the whole milk and premium ice cream. In comparison, this blueberry milkshake clocks in at 220 calories and 5 grams of fat, a huge improvement. So how did I do it?
The first step was to cut some calories and fat by using light ice cream and 1% milk. I didn’t use skim milk because it makes the milkshake a little icy. The next step was to swap out some the ice cream for frozen berries – with less ice cream and more fruit the calories drop dramatically. I used blueberries but you could really use any frozen berry you have on hand. A little honey cuts the tartness from the frozen berries because hey, this is still a dessert right?
I topped the shakes with some whipped cream, mint and a blueberry. The whipped cream is optional but it only adds a few calories per serving so go ahead and splurge a little. My girls LOVED these blueberry milkshakes and I felt good about giving them a treat that wasn’t loaded with calories and fat. I have a feeling we’ll be making our fair share of milkshakes this summer, and I’m already planning other flavor combinations in my head!
- 2 cups light vanilla ice cream
- 2 cups 1% milk
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Whipped cream , fresh berries and sprigs of mint for garnish (optional)
- In a blender, puree all of the ingredients until thick and smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. Garnish with whipped cream, sprinkles and fresh berries.