St. Patrick's Day the Healthy Way

Perhaps you prefer to stick to your diet or maybe you gave up unhealthy food for Lent then comes St. Patrick’s Day with all its libations and sugary green frosted cupcakes. Now what? Kim Christensen, creator of the Affairs of Living blog, is sharing her “Shamrock Shake” alternative with us. I have had a lot of funky tasting green smoothies and this one is truly delicious, in fact I’m kind of addicted to it. Affairs of Living is a wonderful resource for healthy food that really tastes good; free of gluten, soy, egg, corn, yeast, citrus, tomato, potato, sugar, peanuts and almost dairy free and nearly treenut free too. Recipes and photographs are reprinted with permission of Kim Christensen from Affairs of Living.

Sugar-Free Dairy-Free Avocado “Shamrock Shake”

The mint and stevia totally cover the spinach, you don’t even notice it! A great way to get those extra vitamins and vegetables in, especially if you have picky eaters at home. Try putting it in popsicle molds for kid friendly minty, creamy popsicles! This is a great source of vitamins A, B-6, C and E, folate, manganese, iron, and copper. I polished off this entire batch myself in one sitting, but it could very easily serve two!
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This “Shamrock Shake” truly rocks!

Yield: ~2 1/2 cups, serves 1-2
Active time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp peppermint extract/flavoring, to taste (I like Frontier brand-alcohol free!)
  • 20-25 drops stevia liquid, to taste (if not on an Anti-Candida Diet, try sweetening to taste with date, agave, honey or brown rice syrup instead)
Place all ingredients in blender, pulse a few times, and blend on high until smooth, scraping sides as necessary. Adjust mint and sweetness as desired. Serve, garnished with a fresh mint leaf.
If you wish to try on some other green smoothies, Victoria Boutenko’s books: Green for Life and Green Smoothie Revolution have dozens of sweet or savory recipes. Sometimes a green smoothie can be as simple as picking up a banana and blending it with some kale and water. Green smoothies for the most part are free of common allergens.
While your pals may be bellying up to the bar I guarantee you are not going to miss that hangover. Of course, let them know that coconut water is an excellent hangover remedy.


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  • This sounds totally yummy and perfect for St. Paddy's Day! I've been having a lot of greens-and-apple smoothies lately and this would be a great alternative. Will give it a try, b'gosh! :)

  • Yes, it is seriously tasty. I had it nearly every day for breakfast last week. Now I'm taking a little break but I'm sure I'll have it again once avocados go back on sale. BTW, you and Kim are on my blogroll.

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