With both of us being Irish, we always look forward to St. Patricks Day so to get in the mood, I tried making a healthier version of the holiday staple, the coveted Shamrock Shake. Did you guys know that a small size from McD's will rob you of 530 calories and 73 grams of sugar!? That is more than double the amount of the recommended sugar in your daily intake. So instead of skipping this tasty treat all together, I figured I'd do some research and my fellow bloggers did not let me down...I used this recipe from Blender Babes and it was deeelish! Might be one of my new everyday favorites, I loved the taste of mint.
Here's what you need:
- ½ cup milk (I used almond)
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 2 drops mint essential oil OR ¼ teaspoon mint extract OR ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon stevia powder (1 packet) or a few drops of liquid Stevia
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup ice
...and I added a sprinkle of chopped Andes mints because everyone needs a little chocolate ;) Throw all ingredients in your blender (I love my Vitamix) in the order listed above and enjoy!
P.S. I keep my BallyFin Demense magazine out year round as a reminder of our trip...If you are ever looking for a once in a lifetime hotel (*castle) experience in Ireland, this is it. One of the testimonials on their site states, "it feels like a house party from Downton Abbey." It's true, take a look at the photos to see for yourself...We look back at ours often to remember how filled with magic life can actually be. But seriously, can we reflect back on this moment? Best...trip...ever.