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Healthier Shamrock Shake Recipe

Healthy St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shake

Photo by Perry Santanachote

We’re all for splurging on sweets every now and then, especially during special holidays, but it’s hard to get behind McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. It’s become an American tradition to gulp down these festive, green drinks around St. Patrick’s Day, but each one contains a staggering amount of calories, artificial ingredients and additives — plus enough high-fructose corn syrup to launch a leprechaun over a rainbow.

A 16-ounce serving of the Shamrock Shake has 660 calories, 19 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, zero fiber, 14 grams of protein and 93 grams of sugar. To put it in perspective, 93 grams of sugar is like eating four cupcakes all at once. The saturated fat is also high, at 60 percent of the daily limit.

Our low-fat Shamrock Shake makeover uses fat-free frozen yogurt and milk for a hearty dose of calcium, protein and vitamin D without the hefty saturated fat. Creamy avocado adds heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, carotenoid antioxidants and fiber to the shake. It also imparts a lovely, natural green hue. And with 21 grams of protein, it’s practically a protein shake!

Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes

The Skinny

Per 16-ounce serving:

  • 499 cal
  • 12.5 g fat (3.3 g sat)
  • 79 g carbs
  • 357 mg sodium
  • 19 g fiber
  • 21 g protein

Ingredients

2 cups nonfat, no-sugar-added vanilla frozen yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 small avocado, peeled and seed removed
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
2 tablespoons fat-free whipped cream
1 natural maraschino cherry (we use Tillen Farms)  

Preparation

  1. Let the frozen yogurt sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften up a bit.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
  3. Top with whipped cream and cherry. 

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