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A vegan shamrock shake that’s creamy, minty, chocolatey, and way healthier than the original. It’s a quick and easy dessert that’s done in 5 minutes and only needs 7 ingredients. Refined sugar free, dairy free, and gluten free it’s a healthy guilt free alternative to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day or any day!
When March roles around we break out our green sweaters and prepare for a jolly good time as we move towards St. Patrick’s Day and get excited about spring! This healthy shamrock shake will put you in a festive mood without any guilt!
McDonald’s cashes in on the green madness with their signature Shamrock Shake. It’s cloyingly sweet, green and minty. Many an office splurges on St. Patrick’s Day by bringing Shamrock shakes to share with their co-workers.
You may want to indulge in this treat on St. Patrick’s Day but before you do you might want to know the nutrition facts.
How many calories and sugar is in a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake?
Here are the complete nutrition facts for a 16 oz serving of a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.Calories: 550
Fat: 13 g
Saturated Fat: 8 g
Trans-fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 50 mg
Sodium: 180 mg
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 82 g
Protein: 13 g
What is really in a Shamrock Shake?
A Shamrock Shake is made with vanilla reduced fat ice cream, shamrock shake syrup, and whipped cream.
Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate.
Shamrock Shake Syrup Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1.
Whipped Cream Ingredients: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Liquid Sugar, Contains 2% or Less: Mono and Diglycerides, Natural Flavors, Carrageenan. Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide).
Should you be alarmed by any of these ingredients?
If you can’t pronounce it you probably don’t want to consume it. These ingredients are preservatives, additives, and stabilizers. You also want to watch out for corn syrup, natural flavors, and dyes, such as yellow 5 and blue 1 listed above. Food dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in some children.
Vegan Shamrock Shake
If you’d rather skip the drive through and quench your craving for a Shamrock Shake this St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve got super simple recipe that will leave you feeling guilt free, and fill you up with nutrient rich foods.
Why You’ll Love this Vegan Shamrock Shake…
- It’s low in calories and sugar
- Simple ingredients
- Has a serving of vegetables
- Includes healthy plant fats
- It’s creamy and smooth
- A fresh and minty flavor
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make this Vegan Shamrock Shake:
- coconut milk
- frozen banana
- peppermint extract
- vanilla extract
- vegan chocolate chips
Health Benefits of Coconut Milk
Coconut milk gives this shake a creamy and rich texture and a natural sweetness. Coconut milk is said to help with heart health, weight loss, and boost immunity. While foods high in saturated fat are linked to high cholesterol, coconut milk helps boost LDL (the good cholesterol). Coconut milk contains medium chain tryglycerides (MCTs) which has been linked to weight loss. Coconut also contains lauric acid which research has shown to help boost immunity. Luric acid has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Whenever I’m making a shake and I want it to be sweet without adding sugar or stevia, my go to is frozen bananas. Frozen bananas when blended are creamy. If you freeze your bananas when they’re browning there are more natural sugars. Whenever my bananas are getting brown I peel them and throw them in the freezer for my smoothies. Bananas have some great health benefits too withe fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 among others.
I love avocado in this shake. It helps with it’s natural green color and adds even more creaminess. Avocados are heart healthy! They contain even more potassium than bananas. They’re loaded with fiber. While avocados contain fat, it is monounsaturated fatty acids. This type of fat helps with heart health, and helps your body absorb other important nutrients. They have antioxidants that can protect your eyes, may help prevent cancer, and relieve arthritis pain. Incorporating avocados into your diet is easy and delicious.
Spinach in this shake also helps give it a natural green hue. Leafy greens should be a daily staple in your diet, and what better way to incorporate them into your diet than to include them in your shake or smoothie. Spinach is mild in flavor, so when you add it to a smoothie or this shake, its blends easily with the other flavors. Spinach and other leafy greens are high in antioxidants which helps prevent cancer. If you’re a pregnant mama, eat your spinach. It’s full of folate that helps with red blood cell production and protects against neural tube defects.
Tools I Used to Make this Vegan Shamrock Shake
When I make this healthy shamrock shake or any smoothie I use my Hamilton Beach personal blender. I LOVE this blender! It’s extremely affordable at less than $20, and super convenient. You can blend your shake or smoothie take it off the motor and drive off to work with your smoothie because it comes with a travel lid! You can get ones with 2 jars and 2 lids, so if you and the hubby both need a smoothie to go, you can whip them up in a snap, no need to transfer it to another container.
Clean Green Shamrock Shake
- 1 cup Coconut Milk
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/2 cup fresh leaf spinach
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips optional
- Add coconut milk, avocado, and spinach, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract. Blend until combined.
- Chop frozen banana into chunks. Add to to mixture and blend until combined.
- Pour into glass and sprinkle with chocolate chips. I chip the chocolate chips into smaller pieces.
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