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Milk Shake Staples

If you love making homemade milkshakes with your blender or if you have trouble finding ingredients that are healthy, this tip is for you.

Sometimes we think of shakes as drinks from restaurants loaded with fat and sugar. But shakes don't have to be that way. And you can make them taste just as good in your own kitchen. A few simple ingredients and the know-how of putting them together caneven inspire you to shareyour shakes with friends at a party!

The first basic ingredient in a milkshake is milk. If you are lactose intolerant, you can use soy, rice or almond milk in place of cow's milk. No problem! Some people like myself can even tolerate goat milk as a replacement (yes, I know, it is an acquired taste).

For sweetener, don't use white table sugar or substitutes containing saccharin or aspartame. For extra sweetener used by non-diabetics, the darker the sugar the better. Some sugar has molasses making it dark. That's okay. Molasses is actually good for you, if it's pure molasses. Pure sugar cane is recommended along with pure honey.For people with limitations on sugar, Stevia is a wonderful natural sweetener. This sweetener can be obtained as powder form in packets or small canisters. It is even sold as a plant and its sweet leaves can be comsumed readily without processing.

Fruit like pineapple or orange juice that are naturally sweet can eliminate the need for added sweetener.

Bananas are perfect as a sweetener, as a thickening agent and a flavor all in one. For those without peanut allergies, a tablespoon of organic peanut butter adds a unique kick to your shake. Chia seeds soaked in water will thicken your shake and add protein, vitamins and minerals to it.

A surprising ingredient that has no strong flavor of its own but takes on whatever you mix it with is raw spinach. It will turn your milk shake green, but it also contains a lot of necessary nutrients. Kids might like a minty green looking shake for Saint Patrick's Day or if they just read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess!

In the morning, you want to make a power breakfast shake but you like the flavor of coffee. You can actually mix instant coffee grounds with the spinach and your shake will taste like coffee but look green! It's marvelously a win-win situation!

Hopefully, this will spark your imagination to create healthy shakes for you and your family! Healthy eating, everyone!

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