Shamrock Shake: the lighter side

Shamrock Shake: the lighter side

I LOVE Shamrock Shakes from McDonalds.  I also stick my head in the sand every time the nutritional information comes near my eyes.  I'm trying to take a healthier look at life, but didn't want to give up the shake, so I googled dozens of 'make your own shamrock shake' at-home recipes.  I'd still like to keep my Irish legs in shape for clogging on the big day.

Normally for the lighter version of anything, I go to, and I tried her version, but it didn't taste that great.  After trial and error, This is the one that tasted the closest that avoided most of the fat and chemicals.

  • Vanilla Frozen Yogurt:  I use the non-fat one from Dominicks.  It's not completely healthy because it does have sugar, but it's good - 4 Cups
  • Skim Milk - 1/2 cup.  I tried using almond milk, but that tasted terrible
  • Spinach - a small handful.  Now you could use green food coloring, but spinach gives it a natural green color and you really can't taste it - as long as you don't use too much (you can also use avocado)
  • Sugar - just a pinch.  I didn't use it for mine, but the kids could REALLY taste the difference without the sugar.
  • Mint Extract - I used Peppermint the first time and I didn't like the taste of that, so if you could find it, just plain mint is better.

Throw it all in a blender and voila (whalla) - the not-as-good-as-the-real-thing-but-great-runner-up Shamrock Shake is born.  For the kids I sprayed some whipped cream on top to add a little to the mystique.

Since I saved so much fat, calories and chemicals, I wonder if I can now have five of them...

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