Recipe Redo (Guilt-Free!): Spike Mendelsohn’s Toasted Marshmallow Shake

06/16/2014 at 12:26 PM ET

Hungry Girl's healthy marshmallow shake
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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 nine books, six 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.

You may know chef Spike Mendelsohn, the man of a million fedora hats, from his stints on Bravo’s Top Chef shows — he was a runner-up on season 4 and a contestant on season 8 of Top Chef All-Stars. But since he first busted onto the reality TV scene, he’s launched a slew of restaurants around Washington, D.C. He even created a President Obama Burger for the menu at Good Stuff Eatery when our burger-loving president was inaugurated back in 2009. (It’s still on the menu, along with the Michelle Melt!)

When I heard about Spike’s Toasted Marshmallow Shake, I knew I had to make it over. I love the idea of mixing toasted marshmallows and ice cream, but I did the math and found out that a serving of Spike’s shake has… wait for it… about 575 calories and 12 grams of fat!

I’ve gotten pretty good at creating slimmed-down blended drinks over the years — and by using some of my favorite shake ingredients (and those toasted marshmallows, of course), I created a doppelganger for his creamy creation.

The photo above has two straws in case you want to share, but this dessert can easily be slurped solo: The whole thing has less than 200 calories and just 1.5g fat. Who wouldn’t raise a glass to that?

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

HG’s Toasty ‘Mallow Shake
Makes 1

1 tsp. sugar-free French vanilla powdered creamer
½ cup mini marshmallows
½ cup light vanilla soymilk
⅓ cup fat-free vanilla ice cream
1 cup crushed ice (5-8 cubes)

1. Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.

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

3. Lay marshmallows on the foil on the baking sheet, evenly spaced. Broil until golden brown, about 1 minute. (They go from browned to burnt very quickly, so don’t take your eyes off them!)

4. Let marshmallows cool. Meanwhile, add creamer mixture and all remaining ingredients to a blender.

5. Carefully peel marshmallows off the foil and transfer all but 4 marshmallows to the blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into glass, top with remaining marshmallows and sip!

In 1 serving (entire recipe): 179 calories, 1.5g fat, 113mg sodium, 36g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 26g sugars, 5.5g 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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26g of sugar? ugh 😦

Stacey on

How on earth is this a “guilt free” shake when it has 36 carbs and 26g of sugar? Really?! Calories are not the only thing we should keep our eyes on.

Amy on

So all these recipes are slimmed down and fat free but made with all processed, overly synthetic crap we are finding out is very harmful to our bodies as well. I’ll take the real shake and just drink less of it.

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