That’s right…I ate a milkshake for dinner! No, I don’t feel bad about it….thanks to my Slimmed Down version…a protein shake disguised as a milkshake!
Sometimes I crave ice cream…Cold Stone Creamery…McDonald’s Milkshakes or Wendy’s Frosty or Dairy Queen Blizzard….mmmmm.
Unfortunately I have to face the fact that I am no long 19 years old and giving in to these cravings is a really bad idea. Especially eating these things as a meal (which in my younger years I’ve been known to do…Ben & Jerry’s for lunch anyone?). When I get these cravings, though, I just really don’t want anything else to eat. A friend of mine who is also a dietician told me once that these are called “food jags” and that this behavior starts in childhood…it is quite common for toddlers…but I guess there are those of us out there that never outgrow it. She blamed it on my parents for giving in to these jags…sorry mom & dad…but hey as long as it’s not my fault and it’s not totally abnormal! I mean, it’s not like I sit around 365 days a year eating ice cream products (wow, I’d probably weigh 700 lbs!!) for every meal. Don’t worry I go through all kinds of jags (it was Lucky Charms a few months back) and I don’t eat the same thing for every meal, even though sometimes I might want to.
Protein shakes are a good meal replacement so by adding a little candy and blending it with ice, I feel like I’m drinking a milkshake. I usually use regular Whoppers, but since it’s Easter I grabbed a bag of seasonal malted milk balls.
If you want to eat it as just a snack you can always omit the protein powder. The cottage cheese and milk makes a great base so the sky’s the limit when it comes to different flavors.
So how about you? Do you still have food jags? What is your biggest weakness when it comes to food?
“Whopper” (Malted Milk Ball) Protein Shake (WW Points Plus = 8)
1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp. malted milk powder
1 cup ice
1/4 tsp. Xanthan Gum
3-4 malted milk balls candy, crushed (or 6 “Whoppers Mini Robbin Eggs”)
1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp. Splenda
- Place the candy in a small ziploc bag and seal. Gently crush the candy with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Set aside.
- Add all other ingredients to a blender and blend until ice is crushed and desired consistency is reached.
- Stir in the crushed candy.
- Serve and enjoy.