Posted: Sep 24, 2014 8:00 AM
 
In honor of National Milkshake Day, we offer a (sort of) healthy way to enjoy a milkshake — by adding delicious and seasonal fruit. (Psst — Your kids will never guess they're good for them.)

Keep in mind that all recipes can be adapted to fit your family's needs and likes. But this is also a good way to sneak in healthy foods that your kids would normally turn their noses up at. All my recipes are super easy to adjust as you wish. I would even experiment with Greek frozen yogurt or almond milk or coconut milk ice cream varieties. Use your imagination and let your kids have a say in what goes into their shake, too.

Pumpkin pie shake with apples

Pumpkin pie shake

Apples tend to be in season nearly year-round but add pumpkin (very much in season during September) into the mix and you've got a concoction chock full of healthy goodness — disguised as a sweet treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup applesauce or diced apples
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream (I use Breyer's half the fat creamy vanilla)
  • Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, to taste
  • 1 cup ice
  • Splash of milk
  • Whipped cream, optional

Directions:

  1. If using diced apples, puree them in the blender before adding other ingredients. If using applesauce, you can skip this step.
  2. Toss remaining ingredients into the blender and puree together.
  3. Serve with whipped cream sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.

Tropical twister with pineapple

Tropical twister

This tropical blend of banana, strawberry and pineapple seems like such a summer drink to me. But pineapple is actually in season during September — which means you can score one for a steal at the grocery store or a roadside stand.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1 whole pineapple, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 scoops ice cream (Again, I use half fat vanilla but feel free to use half fat strawberry here)
  • Splash of milk or orange juice
  • 1 cup ice

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender.
  2. Serve and enjoy. Umbrella optional.

Wildberry whirl with grapes

Wildberry whirl

Some of my favorite fruits are blackberries, raspberries and the like. But they are a tough sell for my kids. However, they'll wolf down in-season grapes by the bunch. So we concocted this berry beauty to expand their palates.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 container raspberries
  • 1/2 container blackberries
  • Grapes, about 1 large bunch or however many you wish
  • 6 scoops half the fat vanilla ice cream
  • Splash of milk
  • Ice
  • Honey, to taste

Directions:

  1. Blend the fruit and honey together before adding the frozen ingredients to ensure the honey gets properly distributed.
  2. Next, toss in ice cream and ice. Blend.
  3. Serve immediately.

Tip:^Freeze any uneaten portions for a future after-dinner treat.

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