Hungry Girl: My Low Calorie Oreo Frappé Tastes Like the Real Thing

09/28/2015 at 12:52 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 ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

I’m not sure if scientific research has been done to determine precisely why the combination of Oreo cookies and anything sweet and creamy is so irresistible. But it is.

So when McDonald’s launched its new McCafé Oreo Frappé, the chain clearly did so knowing that both cookies-and-cream fiends and coffee cravers would come a-running.

But slow your roll, because even a small frappé has 540 calories and 20g fat. That’s more fat and calories than a McFlurry with Oreo cookies! I’ve tried it, and it’s insanely sweet (not surprising, considering it also has 68g sugar). But not to  worry, I’ve got a super-smart swap. In addition to those popular new Oreo Thins, my frappé is made with protein powder, so it’ll actually satisfy your hunger while you sip. Sorry, Mickey D’s.

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‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Oreo Frappé
Serves: 1

1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. instant coffee granules
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 tbsp. chocolate protein powder with 100 calories per serving
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
1 ½ cups crushed ice (about 12 ice cubes)
3 Oreo Thins, lightly crushed

1. In a tall glass, combine cocoa powder and coffee granules with 1/4 cup hot water. Stir to dissolve.

2. Add coffee mixture to a blender, along with remaining ingredients except Oreo Thins. Add 2 Oreo Thins to the blender, breaking them into pieces.

3. Blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.

4. Crush remaining Oreo Thin, and sprinkle on top.

Nutritional Information: entire recipe (about 16 oz.): 198 calories, 7.5g fat, 188mg sodium, 23g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 10g sugars, 11.5g protein

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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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Babs on

That just sounds and looks gross! Not worth the fat grams either.

drgrady on

I plan to try this! Yum.

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