There is all this fuss about the Shamrock shake. Every year in March, MacDonald’s sells their Shamrock shake and they have been for many years. Shamrock shakes have certainly developed a cult following. It’s an ode to St. Patrick’s Day and of course spring. So, I developed a healthy version of the Shamrock shake minus the green dye, extra sugar, dairy, artificial sweeteners…you get the point.
The only problem (ahem) with the Shamrock shake is that besides satisfying your taste of nostalgia in a small serving you also get 470 calories, 14 grams of fat (21%DV), 150mg of sodium, 55mg (18%DV) of cholesterol. But, to be fair you’re also getting 330mg (35%DV) of calcium and 20% of the recommended value of vitamin A.
If you upgrade your Sharmrock shake to a large, you can just forget about it. Now you’re talking about 820 calories, 22 grams of fat and 115g of sugar in one drink.
Here’s how the nutritional value (excluding fresh mint) of my healthy dairy free Shamrock shake recipe stacks up:
By the way, this shake only takes about 20 seconds to make in the my trusty BlendTec blender.
And it’s delicious too. Tired of waiting? Here’s the recipe:
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup SO Delicious vanilla bean dairy free ice cream
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ hass avocado
- ½ cup crushed ice
- ¼ cup fresh mint
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp wild honey
- ½ cup ice
- cherry and fresh mint to garnish
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with fresh mint and a cherry if desired.