Lightened Up Shamrock Shake

I’m really excited to share my lightened-up shamrock shake recipe. I hope you enjoy it almost as much as I have. Back to smoothie junk, I’d have a smoothie almost every day of my life for breakfast if I had more time in the morning. I have to be to work by the butt-crack of dawn most days, and the thought of the earth shattering crank of my Blendtec makes me cringe. Aren’t I just the best roommate/neighbor for not waking everyone up to meet my smoothie need? So, on late days, when I don’t exercise first thing, I glory in my opportunity to indulge in my fave breakfast! This shamrock shake is high enough in protein and has some fiber, making it a great breakfast (or you can add chocolate to make it more of a dessert-my choice!).

Here are some add-ins that make smoothies (and this smoothie) bomb!

Spinach: have you tried it? It does change the color (for better or for worse-your preference), but I feel like it really mellows out the acid in the berries I always add. It’s a great way to get veggies in and to make the ingredients really meld
Banana: does wonders to smooth out the flavor & texture. Like the spinach, it mellows out the flavors, but it’s so creamy and smooth-it does just the same to the consistency. Plus it’s better than ice cream because bananas don’t melt!
Flaxseed: why not look for ways to increase omega-3s? Even better, it doesn’t change the flavor!
Oatmeal: just like the banana, it adds texture to smoothies. Also, if you need to thicken your smoothie up throw in some rolled oats! They add fiber and don’t really change your smoothie’s flavor.
Greek yogurt: I ALWAYS add a big spoonful (or 2) of plain/flavored Greek yogurt. Like the oats, it adds great body to your smoothie, but it also adds probiotics, calcium, and protein. All of which are great to start out your day with!
Lightened-up Shamrock Shake.
Without further ado, here’s your golden ticket to enjoy a tasty and smooth Shamrock Shake without all the extra calories, fat, and unknown ingredients. Plus, I’ll throw in extra protein & nutrients for fun!

Lightened-up Shamrock Shake
Yields 2
A light, refreshing, and healthy take on the traditional St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shake. Plus, there’s no sugar added to this shake.
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Prep Time5 min Total Time5 min
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 banana
1 teaspoon mint extract
1/2 cup milk
Large handful of spinach
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon flaxseed
Handful dark chocolate chips (optional)
Add all ingredients to blender, blend until smooth
Top with whipped cream or green sprinkles for the full effect!

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