Here at the Jersey Shore, St Patty’s Season is in full effect. It starts the first weekend of March, and continues through the weekend after St Paddy’s. Which means by the time the actual day comes along on March 17, I’m a little over the holiday. But since the season is just stating, we’re right in that sweet spot and I’m in the mood for a sweet treat! This year I am introducing my take on the classic Shamrock Shake.
If you follow me on social media, you may have seen me doing a Seven Days of Smoothies series on Facebook Live earlier this month.The inspiration for this series was the introduction of Wildtree’s new Balanced Meal Shake. I will admit- I wasn’t thrilled to hear Wildtree bringing a shake into their product line when I heard it announced a few weeks ago at a leadership conference. Quite frankly, I was downright angry that the food company I had agreed to represent was going the shake route, given one of the selling points was that they’re a food company, not a shake dealer.
After the meeting, I had some time to learn more about the shake. I researched the ingredients and couldn’t find anything amiss. In fact, I actually have a lot of clients who can benefit from a product like this to increase their protein and fiber content of meals. With 17g of vegan protein, 6g of fiber, and a gluten-free, allergy-free option, this mix can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, pancakes, and baked goods to pump up the protein. I’m definitely not an advocate to have this shake on it’s own, which is why I wanted to do this shake series to show how to use a meal replacement shake to create an actual meal that is nutritious and satisfying. So why not start with something fun and familiar???
POPPING MY SHAMROCK SHAKE CHERRY
Confession Time: I’ve never had a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s prior to a week ago when I was doing research for this recipe. I almost hoped I could get away without having to actually drink one. In my head I pictured it to taste like a Thin Mint cookie. But when I asked a friend who’s a milkshake connoisseur, her only tasting note was “non-descriptive”. So this meant I was going to have to try one for myself.
This probably won’t surprise you, but I don’t tend to frequent fast food spots. I couldn’t tell you the last time I was in a McDonald’s that didn’t involve me peeing in it during a road trip. Sometimes Mr E stops for coffee if we’re driving home late at night, and then immediately regrets it. So I’m not overly eager to eat at one unless it’s a true emergency situation.
After yoga one day last week I took myself over the the local Mickey D’s that I have driven past thousands of times since moving to the Jersey Shore full time in 2011. I plunked down $2.13 in cash (no paper trail!) and ordered a small Shamrock Shake without whipped cream. And I waited till I got home, snapped a few pics of it, and showed Mr E before I took my first sip. Key Takeaway: Vanilla Mint flavor.
Sorry folks – not quite sure what all the fuss is about. But I was still inspired to create my own spin on this frozen treat. Given my small size version had about 16 teaspoons of sugar, tons of fillers, food dyes to create the Easter minty color, and flavoring to give it the mint taste, I knew I had nowhere else to go but up when it came to giving this Green Monster a healthy makeover.
GREEN WITH ENVY
To give the Shamrock Shake a mintygreen color, I useda combo of green items.Spinachis the star ingredient. Fresh mint leaves are used to give the signature mint flavor, so no flavoring extracts needed. Milk and ice topped it off to create the signature creamy consistency, along with some avocado to help thicken the shake.For added vanilla flavor, consider using a vanilla flavored soy, almond, or cashew milk. The final ingredient added is Wildtree’s Vanilla Balanced Meal Shake to not only give the shake a vanilla flavor, but adds an additional 17g protein, 6g fiber, probiotics, and prebiotics to the shake. Take that, McDonald’s!
If you’re a Shamrock Shake loyalist, give this recipe a whirl to enjoy your minty vanilla fix with less sugar. If you make this creation, make sure to shake with me on social media an leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
A healthy take on the classic Shamrock Shake
- ½ cup ice
- ½ cup packed baby spinach
- 1/4 ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
- 2 scoops Vanilla Wildtree Meals Balanced Shake
- 1 cup milk of choice for more vanilla flavor, recommend Vanilla Soy, Almond, or Cashew milk
Combine all ingredients together in blender and blend to desired consistency. For thinner shake, use more milk. For thicker shake, use more ice. Enjoy immediately.
Top with more ice as needed
If Wildtree Balanced Meals Shake is not available, swap with 1-2 scoops of Vanilla protein powder of choice
WOULD YOU GIVE THIS SPIN ON THE SHAMROCK SHAKE A WHIRL?
ARE YOU A SHAMROCK SHAKE PURIST?
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