Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nutritious Vs. Vicious Take 4: DQ Oreo Cookies Blizzard

Pin It Who loves DQ Blizzards?! I do! I do!  I think a better question is who doesn't?  *cricket, cricket*  Exactly.  You'd be crazy not to like them.  The only problem is one small blizzard can pack over 700 calories.  That's almost half your daily allowance of calories.  Crazy!  A small blizzard can also pack over 70 grams of sugar and 20 grams of saturated fat.  Gives me the shivers...  Again I'm not saying you can nevvver treat yourself to a Blizzard.  I just want you to be aware of these nutrition facts so the next time you are headin' to DQ you take them into consideration.  If you must have your DQ opt for the awesome new mini size. 

Better yet try my new Cookies-n-Cream Milkshake!  It's super easy to make and can be customized to your liking.  To make it super thick add a little bit more ice or place in the freezer for awhile after making.  You can also make this in an ice cream make if you have one! 


1 cup Skim milk
1 packet Stevia
Splash of Vanilla extract
5-6 Ice cubes

1/3 scoop Vanilla Protein powder and 1/2 tsp Guar gum (makes it super thick)
1 tbsp Sugar free instant vanilla pudding mix

1 sheet Chocolate graham crackers

1. Add the milk, stevia, vanilla, ice, and either  protein powder and guar gum or pudding mix to a blender and blend until the ice chunks are gone.
2. Break one sheet of graham crackers into chunks in the blender and reblend only to break up the cracker more.
3. Pour into your favorite cup and grab a spoon or straw. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:
Here's a side by side comparison of my healthier version of DQ's Oreo Cookie Blizzard.  I compared it to the medium size because this makes a pretty good sized milkshake (or blizzard if that's what you want to call it). Oh and I calculated the nutrition facts of my recipe as if you used the pudding mix because I figured that's what most people would use because not everyone has guar gum (although I highly recommend getting some!).

NUTRITIOUS                                                           VICIOUS
Calories: 180                                                               Calories: 680 <-------EEK
Total Fat: 1.3 g                                                            Total Fat: 25 g
     Sat. Fat: 0.8 g                                                              Sat. Fat: 12 g
     Trans Fat: 0 g                                                              Trans Fat: 1 g <--------SCARY
Cholesterol: 5 mg                                                        Cholesterol: 50 mg
Sodium: 500 mg                                                          Sodium: 550 mg
Total Carbs: 31.5 g                                                      Total Carbs: 100 g <---------------WHOA
     Dietary Fiber: 0 g                                                         Dietary Fiber: 1 g
     Sugars: 15.5 g                                                              Sugars: 74 g <-------------DUN DUN DUN
Protein: 10 g                                                                Protein: 14 g
Vitamin A: 10 %                                                         Vitamin A 20 %
Vitamin C: 2%                                                            Vitamin C: 0 %
Calcium: 30 %                                                             Calcium: 40 %
Iron: 3%                                                                       Iron: 20 %


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