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Updated December 03, 2020 04:40 PM
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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