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Must-Make Milkshakes That Won't Destroy Your Diet

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    Drinkable Desserts

    Milkshakes are the perfect portable treat during when it's warm outside. But typically they're filled to the brim with calories and fat. Rest easy knowing that a few simple swaps can turn these drinkable desserts into healthy, nutrient-packed, and totally satisfying beverages. This dietitian is calling milkshakes a totally realistic way to get solid nutrition in your body! Here, you'll find milkshakes filled with calcium, protein, and vitamin D—as well as other essential vitamins and minerals. The secret is all about using whole foods, like sweet potatoes and good old-fashioned cow's milk. Plus you'll see some vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-friendly options.

  • Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T., Shaw's Simple Swaps

    Toasted S'mores Milkshake

    Who doesn't love a good s'more? This recipe satisfies your craving for the campfire snack in thick, milkshake form. The best part? It's totally lactose-friendly. So if you have an intolerance to dairy and thought you'd never enjoy a milkshake again, your troubles are over. a2 Milk® contains only the A2 milk protein, which makes it safe for diary-free eaters. It's thought that the A1 protein in milk is what causes digestive discomfort, so without the A1 you won't feel bloated after gulping down this dessert. Frozen a2 Milk® ice cubes not only amp up the creamy texture but also lower the total calories.

    Get the recipe: Toasted S'mores Milkshake

  • Abbey Sharp, R.D., Abbey's Kitchen

    Dairy-Free Red Velvet Frappuccino

    Need your summer frappé fix? These three healthy frappuccinos are guilt-free alternatives to whatever you'd order at any chain café. They're dairy-free, low in sugar and fat—and they offer a necessary kick of caffeine. Win!

    Get the recipe: Dairy-Free Red Velvet Frappuccino

  • Jamie Vespa, R.D., Dishing Out Health

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Milkshake

    This shake is made with protein powder, oats, dates, and unsweetened almond milk for a high-protein, high-fiber treat that mimics the taste of an oatmeal raisin cookie. Top it with low-fat whipped cream for extra decadence without losing the nutritious appeal.

    Get the recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Milkshake

  • Dena Norton, M.S., R.D., L.D., Back to the Book Nutrition

    Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Probiotic Milkshake

    Finally, a strawberry milkshake that uses actual strawberries. It's naturally sweetened with berries and raw honey. Yogurt adds a healthy probiotic punch.

    Get the recipe: Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Probiotic Milkshake

  • Dianna Sinni, R.D., L.D., Chard in Charge

    Matcha Chocolate Mint Shake

    If you love mint chocolate chip—and who doesn't—this is the recipe for you. This nourishing green smoothie (with real ingredients!) tastes like melted mint chocolate chip ice cream in your mouth. Uhm, yep.

    Get the recipe: Matcha Chocolate Mint Shake

  • Sharon Palmer, R.D.N., The Plant-Powered Blog

    Wild Blueberry Purple Powered Shake

    This shake is packed with purple plant-powered antioxidant compounds by way of wild blueberries, purple potatoes, red chard, beet juice, and flaxseed. Wild blueberries and purple potatoes are particularly potent in anthocyanins, compounds linked with disease protection. Slow-digesting carbs, plant proteins, and healthy fats make this drink a filling meal, a powerful snack, or a smart recovery drink.

    Get the recipe: Wild Blueberry Purple Powered Shake

  • Shelly Marie Redmond, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., of Skinny Louisiana

    Skinny CopyCat Wendy's Frosty

    A goal in the Skinny Louisiana kitchen is to keep classic recipes as close to the original taste as possible. This milkshake trims the calories and fat without losing the flavor, calcium, or protein thanks to 1 percent milk.

    Get the recipe: Skinny CopyCat Wendy's Frosty


Elizabeth Shaw MS, RDN, CLT

Elizabeth is a San Diego based nutrition communications consultant who works with local and national brands to help encourage healthy living behaviors. You can find her on social media @shawsimpleswaps.
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