I am a regular at McDonald’s. Even though I’m a trainer and health/fitness writer, it has become a weekly thing.
I use it to bribe my toddler to behave at the grocery store. He really wants that Happy Meal afterwards (probably more about the toy than anything else). And Mommy gets whatever she dang well wants at the moment. (Nope, not going to try to make this “healthy” by getting a salad.) Because shopping sucks and it’s lunchtime.
I have no shame about this.
It’s now that time of year…the time when they bring out the bright green dye-filled, artery-clogging Shamrock Shake
. The one that packs a whopping 65 g of refined sugar (that’s just in the small size) to ensure you immediately increase your risk of diabetes. Not to mention it’s loaded with bad fats and foreign ingredients.
Oh, but it tastes so good!
So the last time we went, I got one. Telling myself I just needed one for a taste test…so I could come up with a healthier version at home.
Totally legit reason! 😉
Boy did I feel sluggish after adding this on top of my crispy chicken sandwich + fries.
But I think I’ve achieved homemade shake success here and wanted to share the creation with you!
Instead of ice cream, we will use good ol’ yogurt (unflavored/unsweetened.) To make it nice and thick, we need to freeze the yogurt ahead of time. (See below – super easy to do with an ice cube tray.)
A slice of avocado
and a bit of coconut cream
add healthy fats and a creamy texture.
serves as the “dye,” creating the perfect green color. If that sounds weird, don’t worry – I promise you won’t even taste it. I’m a big fan of spinach in shakes and smoothies! Check out my 7-Day Crazy Good Green Smoothie Challenge for more sweetly sneaky green recipes.
And this recipe is totally kid-approved!
Alrighty, enough jabbering. Here’s your Healthy Shamrock Shake recipe!
Healthy Homemade Shamrock Shake
A healthier version of McDonald's Shamrock Shake - all of the taste with a lot less calories, fat, carbs, and sugar!
Servings 1 (12 oz.)
Calories 232 kcal
c. (6 oz.)
c. (4 oz.)
milk of choice
of an avocado
pure stevia powder (or other sweetener of choice, to taste -
try 1-2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, raw honey, or coconut sugar)
*First, pre-freeze the yogurt by spooning into ice cube trays. (I use these handy 1-oz. size silicone trays - use 6 cubes for this recipe.) Freeze, then pop out the cubes. (Dip bottom of tray in hot water for about 20 seconds for easier loosening.)
Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Pour into desired serving glass and enjoy!
Fat: 10 g (the good kind of fat!)
Carbs: 22 g
Sugar: 17 g
Protein: 12.5 g
*When made with 1% dairy milk, nonfat yogurt, and stevia. Values will vary depending on exact ingredients used.
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