I pass Burger King on my way home from Walmart and it brings back those memories. Sometimes, I am tempted to stop for a chocolate milk shake. A $3 milk shake just once won't hurt my budget too much.
Then, I remember what my friend said about the powder. And, I remember that I can whip up one of these shakes in seconds at home with no guilt about the budget or the nutrition.
In a blender combine:
3 ice cubes - $0
3/4 cup milk - $0.16
1/2 teaspoon stevia - $0.08 (or maybe 1/3 cup of sugar)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla - $0.03 .
Blend until smooth. This recipe is good for one milk shake, so just multiply it by how many people you are making it for. There are unlimited variations, which will increase the cost a little. But if I'm having a milk shake, I want it to good.
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Use frozen banana chunks instead of ice cubes
Use frozen berries instead of ice cubes
Add pureed pumpkin and nutmeg
Okay, I should stop listing, because now I want a milk shake. These have replaced ice cream in our home. They are super quick to make and can be made nutritiously. We used to go through almost a box of ice cream per week, each, at $2 per box, or $4 per week. Now, my husband has a shake five nights a week (when he's not working second shift), for $1.35. I don't have them often, but I really want a pumpkin one, like now.