The word milk in milk shakes used to mean that you were actually purchasing a healthy product that contains real milk. However, those days are over.
Now when you order what you think is a shake, you receive a chemical concoction composed of fat free milk solids, sweeteners, chemical thickeners, colorings and flavoring agents and a good dose of saturated fat. These shakes are not called milk shakes anymore because they are not even a relative of a milk shake.
New names for these concoctions are: Thick Shakes, Super Shakes, Vanilla Shake or Chocolate Shake. Be aware, however, that some companies are using a small amount of real milk products in these shakes to that they can use the word milk in their advertisements. Always check labels to know just what you're ingesting when you purchase products with those names.
A true milk shake is made with real milk, real ice cream and natural syrup or fruit to flavor. These can be made with 1 percent reduced fat milk, a good, natural low fat ice cream and real fruit.
Also note that McDonald's makes a reduced fat milk shake that is incredibly good. Or, if you wish to indulge in a long time favorite treat, try our basic vanilla shake recipe below - in moderation, of course.
An Old Fashioned Vanilla Milk Shake
1/8 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups vanilla ice cream
Blend in a blender, pour into your tall glass with both a spoon and a straw - and enjoy ... slowly. If your shake is too thick, add more cream and milk until you reach your desired consistency.
As you can see by the label, there's a lot of found in a milkshake - 60 percent of it saturated fat. Other reasons to be nutritionally concerned about a milkshake? Cholesterol and carbohydrates. Milkshakes do have about 12 grams of protein so it's not all bad, but risky for weight loss.