So it’s that time of year.
The time everyone goes strangely crazy for those green shakes at McDonalds! I mean, have you met one of the die hard shamrock shake lovers? They are intense.
They know the exact moment the shakes are available. All of a sudden it’s on Facebook…everywhere.
“Just got a shamrock shake!”
“My first of MANY shamrock shakes this season!”
“This day basically sucked-but not now!” (photo of someone holding a shamrock shake)
These are just a couple examples of real things I saw about shamrock shakes on Facebook. (I am not kidding). I mean, should I really be seeing this much about a…shake?
Apparently, this shake is a BIG deal! I think I had one once, but drinking that much mint is not really my thing unless it is covered by chocolate so it wasn’t for me. I do, however, realize that people are all about this shake, so I thought I would make it easy for those that don’t want all the sugar and junk in their shake to still enjoy the shamrock shake season. (That’s what it actually seems like-a season!)
My kids, at least the two that like mint-one will not touch it, loved this shake. They sucked it down and wanted more. The other one wouldn’t even get close because it “smelled like peppermint”. The horrors!
I know many of you will still go and get that shake at McDonalds, and that is great! Live a little! Drink a shake! But, if you are seriously addicted, you may want to add this healthy, superfood shake to your rotation.
Healthy Shamrock Shake
1 cup fresh spinach
1 1/4 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen banana chunks
handful of crushed ice
1-2 tblsp honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract
Pulse together spinach and only 1 cup of almond milk until completely blended. Add the other 1/4 cup almond milk, avocado, banana, ice and 1 tbsp honey. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Pulse until well combined and taste. Adjust with more honey or peppermint if necessary. Pour into a serving glass and garnish with mint if desired.