Do you love Shamrock Shakes, but don’t love the calories and chemicals? Try this recipe!
Shamrock Shake Healthy Version
It’s March and you know what that means -everything turns green, including shakes. McDonald’s releases their annual, minty Shamrock Shake and serves billions and billions of unwitting people. Did you know they have sold over 60 million since they were introduced in the 70’s?!
If you are a Shamrock Shake addict, please pay attention. McDonald’s has added new flavors this year, so you will need to be strong if you are going to Intentionally Eat. I know you remember the original flavor from your childhood and it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling, but that feeling isn’t going to last and the calories and chemicals will.
We know its a shake and it isn’t healthy, but how unhealthy is it? Well, it has 35 ingredients!
A large, 22 oz McDonald’s Shamrock Shake contains:
- 820 calories
- 22 grams of fat (34% of the recommended daily value)
- 14 grams of sat fat (72% of the recommended daily value)
- 1 gram trans fat
- 90 milligrams of cholesterol (30% of the recommended daily value)
- 115 grams of sugar (nearly 29 teaspoons) (The AHA recommends consuming no more than 36 grams per day)
This isn’t the only terrible news, just look at these ingredients: VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM –milk, sugar, cream, nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, dextrose, sodium citrate, artificial vanilla flavor, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, disodium phosphate, cellulose gum, vitamin a palmitate, SHAMROCK SHAKE SYRUP – high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, sugar, natural flavor, xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium benzoate, yellow 5, blue 1, WHIPPED TOPPING – cream, nonfat milk, corn syrup, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, mono- and diglycerides, carrageennan, polysorbate 80, beta carotene, natural and artificial flavor, mixed tocopherols, whipping propellant, MARASCHINO CHERRY – cherries, water, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, malic acid, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, red 40, sulfer dioxide, GREEN SUGAR CRYSTALS –sugar, yellow 5 lake, confectioners glaze, blue 1 lake, carnauba wax.
Many of these ingredients have been linked to:
- Chronic Inflammation
Obviously, you could drink one Shamrock Shake and be just fine, but if you are focused on losing weight, being healthier and feeling better, try my healthy version.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 banana (could use frozen)
1 cup spinach leaves
2 drops peppermint extract
Add stevia if needed.
Blend and enjoy!
My version has 5 grams of fiber, 5 grams of monounsaturated fat (the good stuff), Vitamins A, C, Calcium, Potassium and iron. It only has 12 grams of sugar and all of it is from fruit! Plus it is only 175 calories! It will satisfy your cravings and keep you on the healthy track!