Kids Clean Up! The Shamrock Shake

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

It is March and in the past that meant two things: 1. Time to celebrate my birthday and 2. Time to get my annual Shamrock Shake from Mickey Dees. Now-a-days it means: 1. Time to celebrate my son’s birthday and my birthday and 2. Time to get some ice cream to make my own healthy Shamrock Shake recipe.

What is a Shamrock Shake?

A Shamrock Shake is a minty green milkshake made famous by McDonalds and sold only during the month of St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). It is not a healthy treat. It’s pretty disgusting. It contains 54 ingredients, most of them are chemicals from a lab and refined sugar or sugar-like products. It contains 820 calories and most horrendous to me, 115g of sugar. That is over 27 teaspoons of sugar which equals about a 1/2 a cup of sugar!!

This infographic by the Huffington Post lists out all the ingredients in an easy to view format. I highly encourage you to check it out real quick: What’s Really In That Shamrock Shake?

How can we clean this up? There are a few options here, depending on what level of splurging you are interested in and your dietary preferences. I’ve come up with three healthy Shamrock Shake recipes to meet your needs.

And the secret ingredient for that fun green color is… nutrient-rich fresh spinach. It adds color and you can’t even taste it! Boom, this Shamrock Shake just got a rocket boost to planet good-for-you.

Shake One. ShamROCK Your Socks Off Shake: This one is for those interested in a cleaner but still classic Shamrock Milkshake. It contains dairy and the ice cream contains sugar. It removes the laboratory chemicals and over half the sugar and adds our secret ingredient for that important green color! I have found Straus Organic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream to be the cleanest “real” ice cream in stores around my house. Look at the labels and find one with ingredients you believe should be in ice cream! Or you could make your own with this beautiful recipe from Ted Allen: Vanilla Ice Cream with Honey.

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

Recipe: ShamROCK Your Socks Off Shake

Ingredients

  • 4 medium scoops of high quality organic vanilla ice cream (about two cups)
  • 1 cup of whole organic milk (you could also use cream or half and half if you’d like it really creamy)
  • 3/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Blend it all up in a blender.
  2. Serve in two glasses. Can be topped with fresh whipped cream and a few mini chocolate chips if you are really going for it!

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

Shake Two. SHAMrock Non-Dairy Shake: This one’s for my dairy-free crew and uses vanilla coconut milk ice cream and almond milk as “sham” dairy. You can make your own “ice cream” with this delicious recipe from Coconut Mama: Coconut Milk Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s easy if you have an ice cream maker. Or you can buy coconut milk vanilla ice cream, but note that they usually have some added ingredients that you wouldn’t use at home (like tapioca syrup, fructan, acacia gum, sunflower lecithin, locust bean gum and guar gum). I used Julie’s Organic Non-Dairy Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert (Simply Vanilla flavored) for this recipe.

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

Recipe: SHAMrock Non-Dairy Shake

Ingredients

  • 4 medium scoops (or about 2 cups) of vanilla flavored coconut milk non dairy ice cream
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Blend it all up in a blender.
  2. Serve in two glasses. May be topped with a little dark chocolate shavings or a mint leaf.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

Shake Three. Get Lucky Shammy Smoothie: This one’s for those of us looking for big flavor and no refined sugar. Lots of nutrients and still big green fun. Shoot, you could have this one for breakfast. In fact, I just did. :)

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe

Recipe: Get Lucky Shammy Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 8oz frozen ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (almond milk would also work)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Blend it all up in a high quality blender.
  2. Serve in two glasses. Top with a mint leaf.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

Enjoy this beautiful month everyone! Hope you find pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and find time for a cleaned up Shamrock Shake or two.

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2 thoughts on “Kids Clean Up! The Shamrock Shake

  1. #3 would work for me to try since I gave up ice cream for Lent. I used to cheat during Lent with one shamrock shake!

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