I am a sucka for seasonal food. I LOVE all things pumpkin and gingerbread and eggnog-y!
I justify it because it’s ‘for a limited time’! But that limited time is still about 6 weeks long and a certain redhead can consume a lot of pumpkin scones in those days!
Recently I hit up Chick-fil-A for their delicious Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shake and it was delicious! I knew what I had to do:
A.) Go there everyday except Sunday
B.) Make my own version
I checked the nutrition information and realized a small Chick-fil-A shake has 660 calories. Not the end of the world, but definitely a ‘sometimes food’!
Long story long, I made a healthy version of this holiday delight. This version has half the calories plus protein. And I used frozen cherries to color and flavor it in a two-for-one sweet red combo.
Bonus: Candy canes always come broken, am I right? Well this works perfectly for this recipe! Score.
Skinny Peppermint Shake Recipe
(serves 1 ~ 250 calories)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 5 frozen dark cherries
- 5 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 4 drops peppermint extract
- Topping: whipped cream and 1/2 crushed candy cane
Directions: Blend up all ingredients except whipped cream and candy cane. Top. Drink. Tell Santa you were extra good.
TIP: Peppermint extract is really strong so only use a tiny bit. I poured 1/2 tsp measure spoon half way and then only dropped in 4 drops from that.