Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Frosty - esque Milkshake with Dark Chocolate Pudding Packet

I've been experimenting a bit with my daily carb counts. The original impetus was that I had a number of weeks with ~1 pound losses, and for me that really wasn't cutting it. This diet is just too intense for one little pound! In any case, I have been playing with making chocolate shakes using the dark chocolate pudding packet (4 carbs) instead of the chocolate drink mix packet (7 carbs).

Does it matter?? I truly have no idea, and I haven't been able to tell one way or the other if counting carbs to this level has any impact on my week. That said, the shake I came up with using the pudding is super creamy and delicious. It reminds me of a Frosty from Wendy's (not that I've had one in years, so if you have had one recently I could be way off here!). The texture is thick and delicious, and I eat it with a spoon. It makes enough for a few small cups, so I really feel like I'm getting a big treat.

Experiment with your favorite flavor add-ins: peppermint, almond extract, cinnamon, chili pepper -- any of these would be fun!
Frosty Milkshake Using Ideal Protein Dark Chocolate Pudding  -- it made 4 cups like this one!

Frosty - esque Milkshake with Dark Chocolate Pudding Packet
1 cup water
Dash of stevia to taste
Dash of salt
Flavor add ins (try a variety): Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup, Walden Farms Marshmallow Fluff, Almond Extract, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Peppermint Extract, Chili Pepper or Cayanne (goes good with the almond and/or cinnamon.
1 Ideal Protein Dark Chocolate Pudding Packet
10 ice cubes (adjust amount for taste and consistency)

Put the water, stevia, salt and flavor add ins into a blender pitcher. Add in the pudding packet. Blend on low to combine all ingredients well. Scrape down any powder from the sides to be sure everything is well incorporated.

Add in the ice. Start blender on low (I use level 3 on my Vitamix) to break up the cubes, and work up to high (level 8 or so). Blend until all of the ice is incorporated and the mixture is very creamy. It will have expanded by more than double, and the color will change from dark brown (color of the pudding) to a very light creamy brown.


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