A sweet and green treat that's loaded with protein.
There’s nothing lucky about it– we intentionally created this recipe to be absolutely scrumptious! Get ready to enjoy one of the best St. Patrick’s day treats with a healthy and high protein twist! Of course, you can continue to enjoy this yummy, family-friendly shake long after the popular holiday has passed! Our healthy shamrock shake is a great post workout meal replacement– thanks to its impressive nutritional profile.
We Cleaned Up this St. Patrick’s Day Classic
St. Patrick’s day means feasting on Irish classics, a Guiness or two (if you’re of age), and lots of green-themed treats, including the popular fast-food Shamrock Shake. And while we all deserve to splurge every now and then, you may not want to consume all those extra calories in one day. For this reason, we’ve taken the classic, artificially-green ice cream treat and turned it into a recipe that is made with fresh, high-protein, whole ingredients that make this healthy shamrock shake naturally green! So, what are some of these healthy ingredients?
We used creamy, vanilla Greek yogurt in this recipe becuase of it’s high protein, low saturated fat qualities that really put a healthy spin on this shake. Greek yogurt is even higher in protein than regular yogurt because of its unique straining procees. This also causes it to be more creamy– making it perfect for this shake! You can still use regular vanilla yogurt, though, or you can even go for coconut or soy yogurt to make this shake vegan.
Avocado and Spinach
Instead of using green food coloring, we naturally colored this shake with creamy avocado, nutrient-rich spinach, and delicious mint (which also packs in the flavor)! These ingredients are high in chlrorophyll, which is responsible for their green color, as well as many health benefits such as immune support and disease prevention. You can’t say that about the drive-thru version!
As we mentioned above, we use fresh mint leaves to give this shamrock shake it’s classic mint flavor. Mint leaves offer benefits like supporting healthy digestion and brain function. We also think mint leaves taste way, way better than artificial mint flavor!
And it’s a High Protein Shake
This shake is super high in protein due to its vanilla protein powder and Greek yogurt ingredients. We chose a vanilla protein powder for this recipe to add some more sweet, vanilla flavor. If you’re unsure which protein powder to use, check out our full rundown on protein powders to find one that’s right for your diet.
Whip Up this Shamrock Shake
Quickly whip up our family-friendly, green treat to celebrate this fun holiday! All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients (except for the topping) in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a little bit of water or extra ice cubes, if needed, to get to your desired consistency. We like it COLD. Pour it into two separate glasses and add a dollop of coconut whipped cream. Feel free to place a cherry on top to complete that classic shake feel, and enjoy!
Healthy Shamrock Shake
- 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/3 avocado
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup ice or more!
- 2 tablespoons whipped cream coconut whipped cream for vegan
- 2 cherries fresh, pitted
- Combine all of the ingredients except for the topping in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a little bit of water or extra ice cubes if needed to get to your desired consistency.
- Pour into two separate glasses and add a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
- Place a cherry on top and enjoy!
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