5 Healthy Versions Of Famous Ice Cream Treats!

If you're the type who has to struggle not to steer into the drive-thru for a shake, hurry home and make these copies instead. They've got all the taste, none of the junk, and protein to spare!

Who doesn't love a Dairy Queen Blizzard or Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream? There may be someone, but I haven't met them yet. These treats aren't just popular because they taste good; it's because they're good in so many ways. They're cold, sweet, creamy, and crunchy all at the same time—not fair!—and they the classic texture of frozen dairy with whatever else you're craving at the moment.

What could possibly be wrong with this scenario? Well, I think we can all agree that these delicious treats are far too high in calories, fat, carbs and sugar. So is the answer to live wanting them but not having them? Not a chance. The answer is to fake them!

You can make these healthy versions of my favorite ice cream concoctions in less than 20 minutes apiece. Each one is big on taste but low in calories, fat, carbs, sugar, and guilt! Don't believe me? Just check the stats! I use a few ingredients you might expect, like protein powders, and a few that might just blow your mind, like ... well, read on!

How to Make Soft Serve Ice Cream

If you're serious about your frozen treats—healthy or otherwise—an ice cream maker is well worth investing in. You can find a decent one for about $50 online, which may sound like a lot, but costs just the same as a dozen Blizzards or pints of Ben & Jerry's. Once you get the hang of making these healthy substitutes, you'll be eating profits in no time. But until then, I've also included the tried-and-true DIY plastic bag method.

Method 1 Ice Cream Maker Method

  1. Remove your ice cream maker's bowl from the freezer. (You're supposed to keep it in the freezer all the time, and at least for 24 hours before the first time you use it. Yeah, I was pretty angry about waiting 24 hours the first time, too). Set the bowl onto your ice cream stand according to the directions.
  2. Pour the ice cream mixture into your ice cream machine for 10-15 minutes, or according to the machine's directions. Keep an eye on it. If you're going for a Blizzard, you want the ice cream to have a soft-serve consistency, not a hard ice cream consistency, so don't leave it in the machine for too long.

Method 2 Ziploc Method

This may seem too simple to work, but trust me, it does—as long as you do it right. When you add salt to the ice, it lowers the freezing point, so more energy has to be absorbed from the environment for the ice to melt. This makes the ice colder than it was before, which is how your ice cream freezes.

Be sure to use kosher or rock salt rather than table salt, because their larger crystals are key to ending up with true soft serve texture. Larger crystals take longer to dissolve in water around the ice, which allows for consistent cooling of the ice cream.

  1. Stuff a huge Ziploc bag half-full with ice. Add 6 tbsp of kosher salt or rock salt and mix.
  2. Add all the ingredients in the desired recipe into a small Ziploc bag and seal it.
  3. Bury the small Ziploc bag inside the salty ice in the large Ziploc bag. Seal the large bag.
  4. Shake the bags vigorously for 5-15 minutes until ice cream forms. Hold with a towel to prevent frostbite!
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Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake

This shake takes Dairy Queen's Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard as its flavor inspiration, but strips away the sugar and calories. Quest Nutrition's Strawberry Cheesecake Quest Bar gives you that crucial crust texture, along with GG Bran Sprinkles, which are a flaked form of GG Bran crispbread. Both are low in net carbs and diabetic-friendly.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Blend all of the ingredients except the Quest bar in a blender, Magic Bullet, or other mixer.
  2. Pour this mixture into your ice cream machine for 10-15 minutes.
  3. While you are waiting, cut 1/3 of a Strawberry Cheesecake Quest Bar into small pieces using scissors.
  4. Once the soft serve is ready, serve in a cup and add your Quest Bar pieces to the top.
Nutrition Facts:
Dr. Sara Solomon's Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake
Amount per serving
Calories 275
Total Fat 8.3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 51.7 mg
Sodium 425.3 mg
Total Carb 22.8 g
Fiber 10.7 g
Net Carbs 12.1 g
Sugar 3.4 g
Protein 33.6 g
Nutrition Facts:
Dairy Queen Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard
Amount per serving
Calories 600
Total Fat 21 g
Saturated Fat 14 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 70 mg
Sodium 280 mg
Total Carb 92 g
Fiber 0 g
Net Carbs 92 g
Sugar 76 g
Protein 12 g

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Shake PDF (64.6 KB)

2

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Shake

Just say the title of this shake three or four times out loud and try not to start jumping around like a little kid. My healthy chocolate treat is topped with Quest Cravings Protein Peanut Butter Cups and nuggets of Quest's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars. These gems raise this creamy treat to a whole new level of guilt-free decadence. The peanut butter cups taste just like candy, but because they're not made with sugar and are high in protein, you can have one without compromising your healthy lifestyle.

If you look at the ingredient list, you'll probably notice that my chocolate protein soft serve has another secret ingredient: zucchini! This requires a couple of disclaimers:

  • I swear you cannot taste the zucchini
  • The zucchini is the reason why the soft serve is so creamy, so use it!
Ingredients
Directions
  1. Blend the protein, almond milk, and zucchini together in a blender, Magic Bullet, or other mixer. Ensure the zucchini is completely pureed.
  2. Pour this mixture into your ice cream machine for 10-15 minutes.
  3. While you are waiting, cut peanut butter cup and Quest bar into tiny pieces with scissors.
  4. Serve in a cup and drizzle with 2 tbsp Walden Farms Sugar Free, Calorie Free Pancake Syrup (this is optional, but delicious) and add your Quest pieces.
Nutrition Facts:
Dr. Sara Solomon's Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
Amount per serving
Calories 308
Total Fat 12.4 g
Saturated Fat 3.8 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 52.3 mg
Sodium 544.1 mg
Total Carb 17.9 g
Fiber 7.9 g
Net Carbs 10 g
Sugar 5.5 g
Protein 37.5 g
Nutrition Facts:
Dairy Queen's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard
Amount per serving
Calories 580
Total Fat 24 g
Saturated Fat 13 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 300 mg
Total Carb 80 g
Fiber 1 g
Net Carbs 79 g
Sugar 68 g
Protein 15 g

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Shake PDF (59.2 KB)

3

Muscle Monkey Shake

Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream is one of their oldest and best-selling flavors. Why? Because, for those of us who have a palate for banana ice cream, nothing but banana will do. This recipe is simplicity itself, so you'll come back to it again and again.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Mix the first three ingredients in a blender, Magic Bullet, or other mixer.
  2. Pour this mixture into your ice cream machine for 10-15 minutes. Add chopped walnuts in the final minute.
  3. While you are waiting, cut 1/3 of a Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar into small pieces with scissors.
  4. Once the soft serve is ready, serve in a cup and add your Quest Bar pieces to the top.
Nutrition Facts:
Dr. Sara Solomon's Muscle Monkey Shake
Amount per serving
Calories 332
Total Fat 10.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 51.3 mg
Sodium 513.9 mg
Total Carb 33.1 g
Fiber 10.2 g
Net Carbs 10.7 g
Sugar 10.7 g
Protein 33 g
Nutrition Facts:
Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream
Amount per serving
Calories 580
Total Fat 34 g
Saturated Fat 20 g
Cholesterol 110 mg
Sodium 90 mg
Total Carb 60 mg
Fiber 2 g
Net Carbs 58 g
Sugar 54 g
Protein 8 g

Muscle Monkey Shake PDF (55.8 KB)

4

Pumpkin Pie Shake

Pumpkin scares some people off because it has a high glycemic index of 75. Your immediate reaction may be to boycott it because it could cause a marked increase in your blood sugar, ultimately leading to fat storage. However, pumpkin has a low glycemic load of 3 because of its low carbohydrate content. This means pumpkin has a smaller impact on your blood sugar levels than its GI suggests, so don't hesitate to include this nutrient-dense vegetable into your diet.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender, Magic Bullet, or other mixer.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine for 10-15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts:
Dr. Sara Solomon's Pumpkin Pie Shake
Amount per serving
Calories 232
Total Fat 5.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 470.2 mg
Total Carb 20.4 g
Fiber 7.9 g
Net Carbs 12.5 g
Sugar 5.1 g
Protein 26.7 g
Nutrition Facts:
Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard
Amount per serving
Calories 540
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 9 g
Cholesterol 45 mg
Sodium 350 mg
Total Carb 85 g
Fiber 2 g
Net Carbs 83 g
Sugar 66 g
Protein 10 g

Pumpkin Pie Shake PDF (57.5 KB)

5

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Shake

Here's that zucchini again! You'll believe me after you try it, I swear! And because we're including the healthy peel this time, it'll also make your mint shake green.

This decadent shake also uses erythritol, is a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol that is naturally found in trace amounts in various plants, fruits and mushrooms. It's virtually calorie-free, has a low glycemic impact, doesn't contribute to tooth decay, and it tastes just like sugar. What's not to like?

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Blend all ingredients except for the Quest Bar in a blender, Magic Bullet, or other mixer. Make sure that the zucchini is completely pureed.
  2. Pour this mixture into your ice cream machine for 10-15 minute
  3. While you are waiting, cut Quest Nutrition Chocolate Brownie Bar into tiny pieces with scissors.
  4. Serve in a cup and add your Quest pieces to the top.
Nutrition Facts:
Dr. Sara Solomon's Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Shake
Amount per serving
Calories 315
Total Fat 10.6 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 11.3 mg
Sodium 454.1 mg
Total Carb 23.3 g
Fiber 10.7 g
Net Carbs 12.6 g
Sugar 8.2 g
Protein 39.9 g
Nutrition Facts:
Dairy Queen Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Blizzard
Amount per serving
Calories 680
Total Fat 25 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 65 mg
Sodium 330 mg
Total Carb 102 g
Fiber 19 g
Net Carbs 83 g
Sugar 82 g
Protein 14 g

Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Shake PDF (99.8 KB))


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