Hungry Girl: My Must-Make Pumpkin Milkshake – It’s Only 112 Calories!

10/19/2015 at 02:37 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.

We’re officially into pumpkin-everything season. While it may start out innocently enough – perhaps a skim-milk pumpkin latte here or there – eventually the need for decadent pumpkin treats is going to take over your brain. And sooner or later, a pumpkin milkshake is gonna cross your path. Skip it! I’ve got a perfect recipe swap.

RELATED: Hungry Girl: Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Fall Foods (Psst…Pumpkin Spice Latte Is on the List!)

The great thing about this shake? It’s got smoothie-style nutrition. There’s real pumpkin in there, plus protein powder, which gives it extra-rich texture. Add in some ice ‘n spices and almond milk and voila! Pro tip: Make sure you have cute straws at home (they make DIY milkshakes 43 percent more fun).

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Perfect Pumpkin Shake
Serves: 1

¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ cup canned pure pumpkin
3 tbsp. plain protein powder with 100 calories or less per serving
2 no-calorie sweetener packets
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups crushed ice (about 10 ice cubes)

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.

Nutritional Information: Entire recipe (about 18 oz.): 112 calories, 2.5g fat, 163mg sodium, 10.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 11g protein

RELATED: Hungry Girl Lightens Up Taylor Swift’s Favorite Sweet Potato Casserole

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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.

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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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Please, how many Points Plus?

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What protein powder do you recommend?

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I was also wondering what protein powder and the ppv.Thank you

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