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Homemade 'SlimFast' Diet Shake Recipes

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Homemade Diet Shakes?

Some time ago it seems to me that I had seen a recipe somewhere for a shake that is the equivalent of the "SlimFast" shake. Wondering if any of your readers might have it or any suggestions? I like a quick nutritious breakfast that I can grab on the run, but an average of $2 a can is a little ridiculous.

Use Instant Breakfast

Try a store brand of instant breakfast. It contains lots of vitamins and minerals, comes in a variety of flavors,(not just one), and is much, much cheaper. Try mixing it in a plastic drinking container. You can take it along with you wherever you need to go.
Cheryl R.

Simple Fruit Drink Does It

Well, I don't diet, but I know of a really healthy way to get that extra "boost" in the morning; If you have the time, blend some of your favorite fruits in the blender. You'll probably have to cut them up first, or run them through the food processor. Just blend them all together, and you'll end up with a flavorful and healthy shake. Here's a recipe I found but haven't tried:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 oranges
  • handful of strawberries or blueberries (If they're in season)
  • fresh peach (optional)

Put all in a blender and press the button.

Of course, whatever works for you will work. If you don't have the time in the morning, try making it up before going to bed and freezing it. Then, in the morning, just defrost it in the microwave 'till it's the right consistency for you. I like to have strawberry frappes like this in the summer.
Diane L.

Related: Homemade Meal Replacement Shakes

Mix Fresh and Frozen Fruit

This is in response to Suzy Q, asking for the homemade equivalent of Slim-Fast-type shakes. In my opinion, Slim Fast isn't as nutritional as it seems to be. I always check the ingredients of anything claiming to be a 'healthy' food, and usually find a long list of chemicals. What I do is buy fresh fruit in season, like strawberries, blueberries, etc. I store them in my freezer, or buy discounted frozen fruit. I also buy 100% real juice on sale. I mix 1 cup of fruit juice with 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit and a banana, or whatever other fresh fruit I have. Sometimes I mix in some granola, wheat germ, etc. for a little substance. Blend it up in your blender and it's delicious! You can add honey or pineapple juice if it's a bit too tart, add ice for a thicker, 'smoothie' texture. This is a great alternative because you are using all-natural, inexpensive ingredients. (There are many juice bars that sell similar drinks for about $4 each, and it usually ends up costing me about 50 cents/drink.)

Special "Shake"

I am responding to the woman who wanted to have a shake in the morning that was fast and easy. I like to cut up some fruit and put it in the blender. It is fast and easy and a lot more nutritious(kids love this, too). Put your favorite fruit, ice(sorbet, frozen fruit juice), protein powder, carob powder, etc.. in a blender and you have a great, nutritious shake. Hope this helps.

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Simple Diet Shake Recipes

I just wanted to let Susie Q know that I make a shake out of the sugar free/fat free pudding mix by Jello. I don't think it would have the nutritional value of Slim-Fast but if you drank it and then popped a multi- vitamin I think it would be about even.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 package of any flavor Jello sugar free/fat free pudding mix
  • 1 cup of skim milk or 1% milk (makes shake thicker)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of crushed ice

Put all of the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

I also make a fruit smoothie which might give you a little more nutritional value than the above recipe.

Fruit smoothie recipe:

  • 1 frozen banana peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup any other kind of fruit( I like strawberries, pears, pineapple, peaches- fresh,canned or frozen)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of juice ( again your choice: apple, orange, grapefruit, or the juice from canned fruit)
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered milk
  • Sugar or honey to taste

Put the frozen banana chunks in the blender with the juice. Blend until smooth then add your choice of 1 cup of fruit and blend well. Add powdered milk and blend. Then taste to see if you wish to add sugar or honey. Add sugar or honey if desired.

That is it. Hope it helps out Susie Q.
Kimberly W.

Related: Inexpensive Low Carb Eating

MPF Drink

Adults attempting to lose weight on one of the liquid diets that come neatly packaged in cans could get the same nutritional and low-calorie meals by adding 2 ounces of Multi-Purpose Food (MPF) to 1 quart of reconstituted dry milk mixed 50% stronger for a total of 50 cents per day.

Multi-Purpose Food is available in the United States from General Mills Chemicals, Inc., 4620 West 77 St, Minneapolis, MN 55435. MPF is sold by mail; request information and shipping costs.
Jana H. in Grand Forks, ND

Reviewed February 2018

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