Light Milkshake Recipe

light milkshake recipe


So its the new year and you just made your resolution. Its about the end of week two and the cravings are really starting to kick in. Especially those late night sweets cravings…those are the worst!

If ice cream or a milkshake is on your craving list, you might want to give this a shake. Try this homemade light milkshake recipe, and within in seconds you will have a yummy beverage on your hands. In fact you can have this faster than it would take you to hop in your car and go get it from Wendy’s.  This skinny milkshake recipe is around 150 calories, has the added benefit of  protein naturally found in milk.

Prep time: 1 minute

Serving Size: 1

3/4 cup of low fat or fat free milk
about 14 ice cubes (1 tray or 3 cups of crushed ice)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tbsp  Cocoa powder
1/3 of a Banana

Optional: 1 packet of stevia, splenda, or other sweetener of your choice.

Serve. Enjoy!

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Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans Copy Cat Recipe

Hello all,

As a busy PA student I’m constantly thinking about how to eat right and save money, which is almost an oxymoron these days. Every time I go down the freezer isle, i fork over decent chunks of money for frozen meals from Smart Ones and Healthy Choice because of the time constraints I have in such an intense program. Every time I look at their meals however, I just get flustered and think…I could make this myself for soooo much cheaper!

Well I finally did just that, and I’d like to pass it on to you! This recipe makes about 8 servings so it is great for dinner with leftovers or to make your own freezer meals to take to lunch. Just portion it out into little zip locks baggies, defrost and throw it on a paper plate for a quick lunch.

**This recipe is vegetarian and gluten free if you use zatarains spanish rice mix**

I’m excited to tell you about my new copycat recipe for the Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans!  Great source of protein, low fat, and keeps you full! This one is super easy, and QUICK. You can make this in 10 minutes flat!  I guarantee it!


What You Will Need:

2 packets of Spanish rice mix
1 frozen package of corn 12 oz
2 cans red kidney beans 15.5 oz
1 Can tomato sauce 8 oz
1 Can diced green chilies 4 oz
1 pkg mozzarella cheese 8 0z
1 tbsp chili powder


I used great value for pretty much everything, and it turned out great. Also made it less than a dollar a serving! I also chose lower sodium options if they were available, such as the frozen corn, and beans and sauce without salt added.

Cook the rice on the stove top as directed. The Great Value and Knorr brands will cook in about 7 minutes, so you can add all the ingredients at once minus the cheese. If you are using a rice that takes longer to cook, add everything about 5 minutes before it is finished. Top with mozzarella.


See? I told you it was easy!

Now get cookin!

~Healthy Girl

Vegetarian Feta Spring Salad



20140509_154419[1]One request I keep getting is to post more salad ideas. It can get very boring eating the same old salad day after day and expecting to stick with this so called “healthy eating.” Well I am here to help you with that journey, because I too, have a hard time with salads unless you buy it in the package. I am picky, and I never seem to have all the right ingredients to make it work.

So we will start with the Feta Spring Salad! This Salad is a quick yummy salad that you can take with you on the go to work, or make for a nice side salad with dinner. This salad keeps you surprisingly full, so it is a great high protein, calorie cutting meal.


  • 20140509_153730[1]1 handful of salad spring mix ( I prefer Organic as it is usually the same price!)
  • 1/3 diced tomato
  • 4-5 chopped baby carrots
  • handful of chopped peanuts
  • sprinkle of black pepper
  • Sprinkle of feta cheese
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar

This salad is best prepared in a container with a lid so you can shake it all together and mix the dressing really good! Start with your spring mix in a bowl and add the diced tomato, baby carrots, nuts, feta and pepper and mix. Then add your olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkling them all around the salad. Secure a lid over the salad bowl (or a small plate) and shake it all up! This salad is completely vegetarian, and is vegan without the feta.

Happy Eating,

~ HealthyGirl

What variations have you tried on this feta spring salad to spice it up? Comment below!