The heat of summer has arrived ! In winter I wish for the warmth of summer, and in summer I’m looking for some relief from the heat. One day last week when I was out doing a few errands I noted on the time and temperature clock at the bank that the temperature was 106. Yikes!!! What am I doing out in this heat? Let me get home quickly to some air-conditioning and a cold drink.
There is nothing so satisfying as unwinding with a frosty cold milkshake. However most of the milk shakes I’ve ever known carry a lot of calories–hidden way down there at the bottom of the glass. So, I decided to put my milkshake on a diet by seeing if I could cut some of the calories and still maintain its cold, satisfying goodness. Here’s what I did: for half of the ice-cream I substituted vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt, which still made it creamy and thick. For the milk I used non-fat milk and added 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, and then I also added 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. All the flavors of a peanut-butter cup candy. HMmmm! How about if I add one or two. My first instinct was to throw them in the blender with the other ingredients, but I restrained myself and settled for garnishing the glass with one candy and biting off little pieces in between refreshing sips. Pretty darn good if I do say so.
1/2 cup cold non-fat milk (plain or chocolate)
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla or chocolate ice-cream
1 6oz. cup vanilla fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1-2 mini peanut butter cups
Chill a tall glass. Place milk, ice-cream, yogurt, chocolate syrup, and peanut butter in a blender container. Process until its thick and creamy. Pour into chilled glass and sprinkle with crushed candy or slide one over the edge of the glass to garnish.