Tomorrow is the first day of May, and I can’t believe how fast the year is flying by. We had another chilly spell this week after all those tornadoes we had on Sunday evening. In fact, Sunday was spent huddled in the hallway with pillows over our heads and tornado sirens blaring in our ears. My poor car had hail damage twice in one weekend…Spring is beautiful, but spring storms are not!
So, I am ready for some warm summer weather and glorious sunshine! Nothing says summer like a cool, refreshing drink. Sipping a fruity drink, reading a book on a porch swing is the epitome of a summer afternoon for me. I’ve rounded up my top five summer drinks, that are also healthy too!
1. Pink Grapefruit Soda Pop
2. Vanilla Milkshake
3. White Tea Fruit Slush
4. Berry Chia Fresca
5. Skinny Kiwi Lemonade
The upcoming sultry summer days call for a refreshing, cold drink to enjoy on the patio watching the birds and soaking up the sun! One of my favorite drinks to enjoy is a vanilla milkshake, but not so much with all the fat and calories…
This vanilla “milkshake” is a great breakfast, snack, or even a night time treat. I read in a magazine years ago that adding some cottage cheese to smoothies was a great way to get more protein in, and I was surprised how THICK they were! Almost too thick to drink…so I decided maybe having cottage cheese as a base with some other flavoring would create more of a dessert. Many flavors are good, but I really love vanilla! And I promise, you won’t actually taste the cottage cheese once it is blended 🙂
Low Calorie Vanilla “Milkshake”
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese ( I like 2% with a brand that only has a few simple ingredients)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2-3 tsp vanilla extract (depending on how strong you want the flavor)
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 2 packets truvia
- 1-2 cups of ice
- Optional: 1 tbsp sugar-free dry vanilla pudding mix or your choice of sugar-free dry cake batter mix, or any other kind if you really want to make this rich (although this choices aren’t as healthy :))
Directions: Blend everything until smooth! I add the chia seeds last, then just pulse them in.
I love chia seeds as an added boost of nutrition to snacks like this. Chia seeds are full of protein and fiber. Chemistry fact → they contain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which is a plant based omega 3 fatty acid. There are numerous health benefits to ALA’s, but I love chia seeds in particular because they are filling and low in calories! They also help thicken the shake a little bit 🙂
Hope you enjoy!