Today I want to share my secret for how to make a Shamrock Shake – the healthy way!
I’m Irish, so I love Saint Patrick’s Day. My kids set leprechaun traps, and we eat traditional Irish food or at least green foods. The impish leprechaun usually visits and turns our milk green and makes little messes in the house. He leaves the kids with a small green, gold, or rainbow toy, so they don’t mind cleaning up his messes.
My favorite indulgence for Saint Patrick’s Day used to be the Shamrock Shake. Then I had the chocolate Shamrock Shake and found a new favorite. Unfortunately, about one a year is all I want to have because a 16-ounce serving has a whopping 550 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 82 grams of sugar! Yikes!
I made a healthier Shamrock shake with 200 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 30 grams of sugar per serving. It also doesn’t have any food dye or preservatives. Your nutritional information will vary, so read the labels of the products that you use.
Want more green recipes for Saint Patrick’s Day? Check out these delicious Matcha Green Tea recipes!
How to Make a Shamrock Shake: Healthy Ingredients
For the base of my healthy shamrock shake recipe, I used vanilla frozen yogurt. You could also use frozen Greek yogurt, but I couldn’t find it in the store.
If you can’t find either one of the frozen yogurts, you can use regular yogurt. Just freeze it a few hours before you need it. The big difference is that when you freeze yogurt, it will have ice crystals because it has a higher water content than frozen yogurt.
Since you’re blending it, that won’t really matter in this recipe. It may make it a little less creamy, but it should still taste great. Freezing your own yogurt will usually save you even more calories, fats, and sugar, depending on what brand you use.
I also used vanilla almond milk because it has fewer calories than regular milk. You could also use cows milk or coconut milk, but it may affect the calorie and fat content.
I used peppermint extract and peppermint leaves in my health shamrock shake recipe. The peppermint leaves gave it a beautiful green hue, but you can omit them and have a white shamrock shake.
It’s just not a shamrock shake without whipped cream, so I added some to the top. This is optional and tastes great without it.
If you want to make a chocolate shamrock shake, simply add your favorite healthy chocolate syrup to taste. I usually just swirl it on the inside of the cup and pour in my healthy shamrock shake for just a little bit of chocolate taste. After all, chocolate makes me happy…and that’s not a bad thing! Don’t forget to check out these healthy energy-boosting chocolate recipes, too!
If mint beverages isn’t your thing, check out this Swiss Mocha Coffee Mix Recipe.
HEALTHY SHAMROCK SHAKE RECIPE
This delicious mint shake is healthy and refreshing! It's also waaaaaay healthier than the Shamrock Shake you'll get anywhere else. 😉
- 2 cups vanilla frozen Greek yogurt
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract or to taste
- a handful of peppermint leaves optional
- If you are using peppermint leaves, place the almond milk and the leaves in your blender and blend completely. Doing this first helps get the leaves in smaller particles for a more uniform color.
- Add the frozen yogurt and the peppermint extract to your blender. If you used the mint leaves, add just half of the peppermint extract. Blend well.
- When it's combined, taste it. Add more peppermint extract as needed.
- Pour into a cup, top with whipped cream, and enjoy!
I have a regular blender and a bullet style blender. I feel that the bullet style is a lot better for milkshakes and smoothies. The regular blender only seems to get the bottom half of whatever I'm blending. The bullet style blender will fully blend everything. The bullet blender seems to take less time, too. I have small and large cups for my bullet blender, so I don't even have to pour my healthy shamrock shake into a new cup. This means fewer dishes to wash.
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