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So last week I was shopping at Walmart and I found this:
Several different sodas in the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) have been released with ten calorie versions. Pay careful attention to the one in the middle, A&W. That’s the one I zoomed in on almost immediately. Root beer is my all-time favorite carbonated beverage. In an effort to save calories, I’ve ventured over into the diet root beer realm before. I know a lot of people like it, but the flavor, for me, was just too different.
That’s why I was so thrilled to see this ten calorie version. It promised to have all the flavor of regular A&W, only without all but 10 of the calories per 12 ounce serving. I was sold.
All the Flavor, So Few Calories
When I got the product home, I tried it out just to make sure A&W TEN didn’t just taste like diet root beer. And it totally didn’t! If I had been offered it in a blind taste test, I would not have hesitated to say that it was a full-calorie soda. So they definitely nailed getting the flavor right!
Since A&W was able to produce something I loved so much while leaving all those calories behind, it left me wondering if I could do the same thing with my beloved root beer float, which is my very favorite dessert. After all, spring is already here and that means summer is right around the corner. Summer means trips to water parks for my family. And that means swimsuits. I don’t know about you, but for me, it would be a very good idea to start cutting back on sweet treats and getting some more exercise.
But what if I could take a note from A&W and figure out a way to recreate a root beer float that kept the taste and dropped the calories? Well friends, I did it, and it’s going to knock your socks off!
The 58 Calorie Root Beer Float
- 12 ounces A&W TEN Root Beer
- 1/3 cup whole milk
Fill your glass with root beer (2 ounces is 1 1/2 cups).
Then slowly add the whole milk. Stir and savor the taste!
Some of you may be wondering why I opted for whole milk in a “skinny” recipe. While you are welcome to try this recipe with 2 percent or even skim milk, if you really want the TRUE flavor of a root beer float, go with whole milk. You can even stick this in the freezer for a little while if you want it to get a little bit thick and icy. The texture is going to be different than it would be with ice cream in it, but the taste is spot on, and the calories are significantly reduced! A root beer float of this size made with ice cream and regular (full calorie) root beer would have roughly 300 calories!
I’m about to start heading back to the gym and my beloved Zumba classes, as I know I need to get my body moving in order to feel more confident in my swim suit this summer. But for me, denying myself indulgences like dessert never works…I only feel punished and eventually rebel, jumping off the deep end into a pan full of brownies or something similar. Now I have an option on hand that isn’t going to wreck my progress made during my workouts, and that tastes just like a guilty pleasure. I feel spoiled without spoiling my calorie intake for the day. Everybody wins! 🙂
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