Shamrock Shake Makeover – Move over McDonald’s!

It’s that time of year again, time for green beer, green pancakes, green smoothies and Shamrock Shakes…shamrock shakeAs yummy as that looks did you know a SMALL McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has 530 calories, 14g of fat and 77g of sugar!! That’s frightening. shamrock shake nutritional infoPS the “child”size has 490 calories and 69g of sugar – that’s about 6 times the recommended daily amount.  That, my friends, should not be given to any child.  Even as a cheat treat I would never go for this.  So, what can you do when a minty craving hits?!? Well, I’ve come up with a healthy alternative that is still minty, sweet and 83% less sugar, 79% less fat and 74% fewer calories.  It will have you jumping around as happy as a drunk leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.   Here is the Happy Health Freak’s Shamrock Shake Makeover…shamrock smoothie4

Shamrock Shake Makeover
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 frozen banana (about 100g)
  2. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  3. 1 cup spinach - to get that green colour without food colouring!
  4. 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  5. Handful of fresh mint or 1-2 drops mint extract (not peppermint) - start with one drop you can add more if you like it minty
  6. 3-5 drops liquid stevia
  7. 3 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high!
  2. I made this so it would be quite thick. To make it a smoothie consistency you can add more almond milk or water.
Optional Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional) - the McD's version is not chocatley, but who doesn't love chocolate mint?!
  2. Make it a protein shake! Add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder.
Nutritional Info
  1. 137 Calories, 26g Carbs, 3g Fat, 3g Protein, 178mg Sodium, 13g Sugar
  2. Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may not always be 100% accurate. It is meant to be used as a reference only.
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