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BetterMilk Challenge Recipe 4: BetterMilk Island Smoothie

For my final recipe on Cambrooke Foods’ Three-Day BetterMilk Challenge, I tried the BetterMilk Island Smoothie. While all of the BetterMilk recipes were relatively easy to make, this one was by far the easiest of all. Part of the reason why the BetterMilk Island Smoothie is so simplistic in nature is that the ingredients list is really not that long. Here, have a look:

Cambrooke Foods BetterMilk Island Smoothie

1/2 cup pineapple chuncks or juice; 1/3 cup ginger ale; 1/2 cup of ice cubes (not pictured; 1 packed of Camino pro GMP BetterMilk

After measuring out your ingredients, combine the first three in the blender, cover and process until smooth. Then add the packet of BetterMilk, pulse until it appears to be evenly mixed and voila, you’re done!!

Cambrooke Foods BetterMilk Island SmoothieFinal review: Has the consistency of a tall glass of milk, but tastes closer to a virgin piña colada. Enjoy!!

Serving size: 364 g

Serving per recipe: 1

Measurement Per Serving Per Recipe
PHE: 34 mg 34 mg
LEU: 3118 mg 3118 mg
Pro: 0.5 g 0.5 g
P.E.: 15 g 15 g
Calories 364 364
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BetterMilk Challenge Recipe 3: BetterMilk Mochalatte

Before I even tried my third BetterMilk recipe on the Three-Day BetterMilk Challenge, I already knew I would love it!  That’s because the first ingredient—coffee—is one of my favorite pick-me-ups when I get up and go to work every morning. The recipe is called the BetterMilk Mochalatte and here are the ingredients you’ll need to get started:

Cambrooke Foods BetterMilk Mochalatte

1/2 cup of strong coffee or espresso, cooled; 4 Tbs sugar or Splenda; 2 Tbs Nestle Nesquick chocolate syrup; 1/2 tsp vanilla extract; 1/4 tsp almond extract; 1 packet of Camino pro GMP BetterMilk; 2 cups of ice (not pictured)

The instructions said to “brew strong coffee by using twice the amount of grounds required by your coffee maker OR use twice the amount of instant coffee with boiling water.” In order to keep things simple, I decided to simply brew a little extra coffee in the morning, set a 1/2 cup aside in the fridge and then when I got home from work, it was already chilled.

Once you get your cold coffee in hand, combine the coffee, sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract and almond extract in a blender. Process the ingredients on “low” for about one minute to dissolve the sugar. Then add the BetterMilk and ice. Blend on high until the drink has a smooth texture.

Cambrooke Foods BetterMilk MochalatteFinal review: O.M.G It’s like Tiramisu in a glass! However, when the instructions said to “pour into a tall glass,” they weren’t kidding. I actually tried making this after already eating dinner and could not finish the entire beverage. This recipe might actually be a great option for a meal replacement – huge kudos to Cambrooke Foods’ food scientists!!

Serving size: 555 g

Serving per recipe: 1

Measurement Per Serving Per Recipe
PHE: 51 mg 51 mg
LEU: 3140 mg 3140 mg
Pro: 0.5 g 0.5 g
P.E.: 15 g 15 g
Calories 400 400

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BetterMilk Challenge Recipe 2: BetterMilk Very Blueberry Smoothie

After trying the BetterMilk Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, I decided to try my hand at another cool and tasty treat: BetterMilk Very Blueberry Smoothie. Before you get started, here are the ingredients/tools you’ll need to gather:

Cambrooke Foods BetterMilk  Very Blueberry Smoothie

1/3 banana; 1/4 medium kiwi, peeled; 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I went with resealable frozen blueberries); 1/3 cup ice cubes (not pictured); 1 packet of Camino pro GMP BetterMilk; blender

Place the first four ingredients into the blender, cover and process until smooth. Add the packet of BetterMilk and use the “pulse” setting to blend the mixture evenly.

Cambrooke Foods BetterMilk Very Blueberry SmoothieFinal review: A very pleasantly sweet and fruity taste! I tried this recipe out at my parent’s house when we had gotten together for dinner and everyone had to try a sip. My dad was even inspired to try his hand at a non-low protein shake, but his didn’t have the same smoothie-like consistency. Definitely hit the spot on a hot summer afternoon!

Serving size: 273 g

Serving per recipe: 1

Measurement Per Serving Per Recipe
PHE: 67 mg 67 mg
LEU: 3171 mg 3171 mg
Pro: 1.2 g 1.2 g
P.E.:  16.2 g 16.2 g
Calories 220 220

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BetterMilk Challenge Recipe 1: BetterMilk Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The first recipe I tried while participating in Cambrooke Food’s Three-Day BetterMilk Challenge was the BetterMilk Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Before starting the recipe, I noticed that you’ll need a miniature ice cream maker. The one we ended-up buying was the Hamilton Beach Half-Pint Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker (about $30 at Target). The ice cream maker came with (2) 12 ounce serving bowls that needed to be frozen in the freezer prior to starting the recipe.

Also, those PKU patients looking to reduce their phenylalanine (Phe) intake could use less chocolate chips. I decided to leave them out entirely since I never really acquired a taste for dark chocolate while eating off-diet.

So here’s a look at your ingredients:

Cambrooke Foods BetterMilk Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Ingredients

1 packet of Camino pro GMP BetterMilk, 4 ounces water, 2 Tbs vanilla instant pudding & pie filling, 1 Tbs mini chocolate chips (not pictured)

Combine BetterMilk, water and pudding in a mixing bowl. Use a wire whisk until mixture is smooth. Add chocolate chips, if you so choose, and then pour the mixture into the miniature ice cream maker.

Cambrooke Foods' BetterMilk Chocolate Chip Ice CreamAccording to the ice cream maker we purchased, you’ll want to leave the maker on for 12-15 minutes (check manufacturer instructions).  Then if your ice cream ends up a little runny like mine did, plop it back in the freezer to allow it to firm up a bit.

Final review: The final product actually tasted like vanilla ice cream! I’ll definitely be making it again in the future and I might even experiment with adding some strawberries, peaches or other fresh fruit. Yum!

Serving size: 198 g (1 cup)

Serving per recipe: 1

Measurement Per Serving Per Recipe
PHE: 42 mg 42 mg
LEU: 3 mg 3 mg
Pro: 0.8 g 0.8 g
P.E.: 15 g 15 g
Calories 260 260

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BetterMilk Three-Day Challenge

As part of the Phenylketonuria (PKU) low-protein diet, patients must regularly consume a special nutritional formula that provides all the protein and essential nutrients we all need to function each day. Of course, the formula contains all the good stuff and none of the phenylalanine.

The formula I drank as a child was called Phenyl-Free and is pictured here in the blue-labeled can.

When I was a young girl growing up in Pittsburgh, Pa., I didn’t have many options when choosing a formula. I drank something called Phenyl-Free and if I had to describe the taste, it resembled spoiled eggnog and had lumps consistent with cottage cheese. It was gross.

Imagine my surprise when after 18 years of being off-diet I realized that there was now several new formula options …and wouldn’t you know; they didn’t taste that bad! 🙂

That leads me to the subject of this blog entry. As a PKU adult reacquainting myself with the diet, I signed up for Cambrooke Foods’ Three-Day BetterMilk Challenge. For a brief history on Cambrooke, the company was founded by parents of two children (Cameron and Brooke) diagnosed with classical PKU. They specialize in all sorts of low-protein food products, but BetterMilk is probably their pride and joy. It’s the first ever intact protein formula which means that it will last longer in your digestive system, leaving you fuller in between meals. Here’s a look at the 3-minute video that explains more about the science behind the formula:

Cambrooke Foods BetterMilk Video

Click on the photo to watch the video.

Watching this video was just the first step in the Three-Day BetterMilk Challenge. Over the next three days, I’ll be trying several different recipes. At the end, I’m required to complete a short survey and if I’ve met the deadline, I’ll receive a $50 coupon for a future Cambrooke Foods order and will be entered into an iPad drawing. Stay tuned for recipes and reviews!

–NM

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