07 Mar A (Better) Vanilla Caramel Ice Cream Shake
Thick, creamy ice cream milkshakes are a staple at many fast food restaurants and ice cream shops. Ever wonder what’s in there — and what they offer you nutritionally? And could you do better? We’ve wondered, too.
In those fast food shakes, you’re likely to encounter ingredients like these: Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Artificial Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Artificial Flavor (Vanillin), Red 40, Polysorbate 80 — and even Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide).
And check out these numbers: A small 12 oz. McCafe Shake packs 560 calories, 16g fat, 240 mg sodium and 77g of sugar. Ouch!
Do better for your body by whipping up your own irresistible Brio shake at home.
One whole frozen banana, peeled
3.6 oz. serving of Brio Vanilla Caramel ice cream
1/4 cup of your favorite milk (dairy, soy, almond, etc.)
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour it into a tall glass, add a colorful straw and enjoy! You’ll be amazed at how rich, creamy and satisfying it is.
The entire Brio shake has 302 calories, 6g fat, 45 mg sodium and 19g of sugar. It also has 7g of protein, balanced omega 3-6-9s and 24 essential micronutrients, but no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners. Bonus! The banana adds 422 milligrams of potassium.