Last week, my friends — a few of which are in a weight-loss competition — were discussing Shamrock Shakes and their inability to resist the minty seasonal treat. We played the nutrition fact guessing game, and I wasn’t surprised: In just the small, 12-ounce Shamrock Shake, there are 530 total calories. (You can lop off 80 calories alone by cutting out the whipped cream and Maraschino cherry. Who the hell gets a cherry on their Shamrock Shake anyway?)
Not that any of those guys would be interested in my creation because they tune out when I go “healthy stuff” on them, but I think I’ve found a satisfying substitute to the Shamrock Shake that I can have for a meal or post-workout: the “skinny” Shamrock Protein Shake.
You can easily make this completely organic/clean, but I’ve listed more general ingredients here because not everyone has cacao nibs in their cabinet.
Makes 1 serving
♦6 oz. vanilla almond milk
♦1/2 frozen banana
♦1/4 c. vanilla Greek yogurt
♦1/2 tsp. mint extract
♦One scoop whey protein
♦chopped dark chocolate/cacao nibs (optional)
Add all ingredients minus chocolate to the blender, and blend on high. Serve in a frosty glass and top with dark chocolate.
Calories? 289 calories per serving.
Total time? 3 minutes
Cost? $1 avocado, $2.69 almond milk, $1 Greek yogurt, $3 mint extract.
Overall success relative to expectations? 9 out 10. Only point docked is because it’s not a magical beverage that tastes like a real Shamrock Shake, but has the calories of this concoction. Otherwise, it’s perfect. FYI, there is no banana taste in this; it’s just in there for consistency. The first time I made this, I didn’t include the cacao, and without it, I’d give it a 7. I said it’s optional, but go for the topping. It takes it to another level without adding too many calories.