No MPs Recipes: Triple Berry Vanilla Milkshake (No Microplastics Diet)

I was craving a milkshake. The vanilla and a bag of triple berries were in stock. A new No MPs Recipe was a foregone conclusion.

For the backstory on No MPs Recipes and a more detailed explanation of MPs (microplastics) found in our oceans and most of our salt in the form of microscopic bits of pigments, foam, fiber, and fragments small enough to penetrate your internal organs, causing all sorts of problems, see Berrymato Power Shot Smoothie.

My self imposed from-scratch-only diet has been going well (with one exception which I will detail in another post as a warning against wheat). Numerous improvements in my bodily health have been obvious, recipes are coming along through the inevitable process of experimentation, and I have no complaints despite losing the lazy enjoyment of sitting down in a restaurant and letting others do all the work.

But tonight I needed comfort food. Everything I’d produced in our kitchen to date had been designed to power the body, and that was good. Still, what about dessert? I love dried apricots but even for them there’s a limit. Plus, my stomach wasn’t perfectly settled after my evening meal. A milkshake recipe, presuming it worked out, might just fill the bill on both accounts. If it could ease the craving and my innards at the same time, that would be a real winner.

Enter the triple berry vanilla milkshake. It was a total success, required only four ingredients and three minutes to make, and left me eager to publish it as the fourth No MPs recipe listed in this site’s Cookbook Index.

The recipe:


+ 2 cups whole milk
+ 2 cups frozen triple berry mix
+ 1 heaping tbsp. Turbinado sugar
+ 1 splash vanilla extract, approx. 1/2 tsp. or to taste

Note: We get our triple mix from Safeway, containing raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

Place berries, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract in blender. Blend on High until the mix looks well scrambled and fluffy on top (approx. 1 minute at most).

Makes enough to fill two 16 oz. plastic cups, thick enough to eat with a spoon at first. After a few minutes the milkshake settles down enough to drink from the cup, though probably never through a straw. The temperature and texture are just right, it has a milkshake taste, and it did settle my stomach as well as my craving.


This simple recipe worked so well that I can’t wait to try it with frozen strawberries instead of the triple berry mix.

6 thoughts on “No MPs Recipes: Triple Berry Vanilla Milkshake (No Microplastics Diet)

  1. Excellent recipe! Thanks, Ghost! I was reminded of an old australian beer commercial that showed a huge T Bone steak and said “Sreak”, then a sprip of parsley on the seared steak, “Salad” and then showed a glass of beer and said the name of the beer. Why don’t you go for a BBQ no microplastics, using Jurassic Salt and green papaya milk (or grated green papaya – a natural meat tenderizer) to season the meat, pepper and other spices to taste… which is my basic recipe for making spectacular meat BBQs… even chicken does well with it! LOL Of course, the veggies could be BBQ onions, eggplants and potatoes, sliced and seasoned with Jurassic Salt.
    I think my mouth is watering… my shirt agreees! LOL
    Much love to you and Pam!

  2. Looks good. Katy makes smoothies all the time and I will have to tell her about this one. She is kinda hooked on cherries, she gets that from her daddy. She always gets some when she goes to the store, and is out before any of the other fruits. She also likes peaches. I love apricots too, but I just get them fresh when I can.

  3. Manny: You’ve got me struggling not to laugh out loud and thus wake Pam up, picturing your shirt agreeing.

    Just one hesitation about barbecue: I’m not sure I can tolerate that, either. Maybe, if it’s cooked right. I have, however, noticed–for weeks prior to starting the No MPs diet–that good ol’ pan-seared steak is on my (lengthy) no-no list. Even the finest ribeye, cooked to perfection at the 4Bs or here at home, had begun upsetting my stomach. I’m doing fine with the ground beef I’m pan-cooking, but I suspect that’s only because it’s not being seared at all. Instead, using lots of oil (safflower or grapeseed mostly), it’s basically simmered (and turned frequently as it’s chopped into small bits in the pan) until there’s no red or pink lift…on low heat, usually our stove’s medium setting under 2# of Angus at a time.

    In my younger years, I was as seriously addicted to various foods as anyone else, over time food became simply fuel to me. Obviously, if it tastes good enough to go down easily, that’s a bonus, never (any more) the driving force. Happily, what does strike me as something that might taste good is now most often just what my body needs.


    Becky: I can relate to Katy’s preference for cherries. Been that way for quite some time myself. Was tempted to grab a bag of dark cherries (Safeway brand) in the store today but they still had the pits in them and I wasn’t feeling that ambitious.

    There’s not a peach to found here in Deer Lodge right now, except in cans in syrup. They probably show up seasonally. Don’t know that I’ve ever seen fresh apricots in Montana stores, but that could be because I haven’t been looking.

  4. Katy has been getting frozen fruit. Let it thaw and it tastes just like fresh. I am picky about fruit too.

  5. Good for Katy. It looks like I’m getting picky about everything I ingest, fruit included of course. Which is a touch on the hilarious side–or at least ironic–considering the truckloads of junk food I gobbled down for decades.

    Just tried using strawberries for a strawberry shake. It worked, but I’m now discovering that I’ve rather lost my taste for strawberries. Suspect this had been sneaking up on me for some time. Also discovered that although the other ingredients are the same in kind, it took a lot more milk with strawberries than with triple berries because the strawberry-milk mix thickened too much in the blender unless more milk–or I suppose I could have used water– was added. The result is IMO “too milky” for my taste, though at least the shake doesn’t have that dreaded fast food “aftertaste.”

    Since I don’t like this one well enough to include is as a listed recipe, I’ll just mention the ingredients here:

    + 4 cups milk
    +1 cup frozen strawberries
    + 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
    + 1 splash vanilla extract

    Doubt I’ll be making the strawberry version again unless Pam likes it.

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