Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free): Mark Wahlberg’s Spiked Funky Monkey Shake

03/17/2014 at 01:51 PM ET

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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of eight Hungry Girl cookbooks, five of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

It’s hard to pin down the right title for Mark Wahlberg: He’s an Academy Award-nominated actor, Emmy-winning producer and star of his family’s new A&E reality series, Wahlburgers, about the burger restaurant they own. But who fondly remembers his days as ’90s rap star Marky Mark, performing with the Funky Bunch? I DO!

Here’s a quick fact about me, while you cue up “Good Vibrations:” I used to work for a teen magazine called Tutti Frutti back in the day. As a result, I spent a lot of time around the New Kids on the Block and Donnie Wahlberg‘s little brother, Mark.

These days, it appears that Wahlberg’s funkiness extends to his burger joint and the spiked milkshakes they serve. Vodka and ice cream whirred up in a blender must taste amazing … but the calorie count is likely a bit steep.

You really have to be careful when it comes to pairing high-calorie items like ice cream with booze — because once you have a little vodka in you, you’re more likely to tack on some fat-filled appetizers to your order. My slimmed-down shake is just the thing you need.

Hey, Mark — say hi to your mom for me… and your brother, too!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Spiked Bananarama Shake
Makes 1

2 tsp. sugar-free French vanilla powdered creamer
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
⅓ cup banana coins, frozen
¼ cup light strawberry ice cream
¼ cup light vanilla soymilk
1½ oz. vanilla vodka
2 tsp. light chocolate syrup
1½ cups crushed ice (or 8-12 ice cubes)
Strawberry slices, optional garnish

1. In a tall glass, combine creamer with sweetener. Add 1 tbsp. hot water and stir to dissolve.

2. Transfer mixture to a blender. Add all remaining ingredients and blend at high speed until smooth. Garnish with strawberry, if desired.

One shake (entire recipe): 252 calories, 3.5g fat, 80mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugars, 3g protein

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Jacki Snider on

Artificial sweetener is so bad for your body, I wish you would show more recipes without no-calorie sweetener.

Kelli on

Just leave the sweetener out, it should be sweet enough already without that OR the creamer!

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