Hungry Girl: Sip This 100-Calorie Candy Cane Milkshake All Season Long

12/14/2015 at 05:58 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 nine 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.

As far as holiday flavors go, pumpkin spice gets plenty of recognition. But let’s not forget about peppermint, people! Enjoy all the charm of those adorable striped candy canes, without the risk of slicing your tongue mid-treat. (the worst, right?) Break out the blender, break up some candy canes, and break away from the conventional too-sugary shakes.

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‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Candy Cane Shake
Serves: 1

¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 tbsp. vanilla protein powder with about 100 calories per serving
¼ tsp. peppermint extract
1 ¼ cups crushed ice
1 packet no-calorie sweetener
1 mini candy cane (or about ¼th of a standard candy cane), lightly crushed
light whipped cream (optional)

1. Place all ingredients in a blender except crushed candy cane.

2. Add half of the crushed candy cane and blend at high speed until smooth, stopping and stirring if needed.

3. Pour and, if you like, top with whipped topping. Sprinkle with remaining crushed candy cane.

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Nutritional Information: Entire recipe (approx. 16 oz.): 99 calories, 2.5g total fat (less than 0.5g saturated fat), 164mg sodium, 8g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 4g sugar, 10.5 protein

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Jane on

It can’t have 99 cal if you use 100 cal protein powder and does not include the calories for the almond milk

Emily on

A serving of protein powder is 1/4 cup. That’s four tablespoons, this recipe calls for three–75 right there. 22.5 for 3/4 of almond milk, we’re up to 97.5. A mini candy cane is more than 1.5 calories.