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

Print Recipe

Serves 1

1 frozen banana (about 100g)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup spinach – to get that green colour without food colouring!
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
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
3-5 drops liquid stevia
3 ice cubes

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high!shamrock smoothie2 shamrock smoothie 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 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional) – the McD’s version is not chocatley, but who doesn’t love chocolate mint?!
Make it a protein shake! Add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder.

Nutritional Info
137 Calories, 26g Carbs, 3g Fat, 3g Protein, 178mg Sodium, 13g Sugar

Please Note:  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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