So we set out to make one that would not be quite so bad for you, but still satisfying, a real shake, not the obvious smoothie.
For the frosty part, we went with sorbet, a frozen blend of fruit and sugar. Though high in sugar, sorbets generally have no fat. Plus, they pack an intensely fruity flavor. You could substitute a low-fat sherbet, sorbet's milkier cousin, but the flavor would not be as strong.
For creaminess, we went with cottage cheese. It may sound unusual, but the curds blend smooth with a rich and creamy texture.
Add in a bit of fat-free half-and-half, and you have a seriously good milkshake.
For a chocolate version, blend 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the mix until smooth.
Orange dreamsicle milkshake
1 cup orange sorbet (mango also is good)
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth. If you prefer a thinner consistency, drizzle in additional half-and-half while the blender is running until you get the desired consistency.
Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 200 calories; 10 calories from fat (5 percent of total calories); 1.5 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrate; 8 g protein; 0 g fiber; 320 mg sodium.
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