Ever tried a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s? I’m not particularly proud of this, but I was a huge shamrock shake fan back in the day. If you’ve had one, you know. If you deny your feelings for them, you’re a liar. WHO ON EARTH DOESN’T ENJOY A MINTY MILKSHAKE?
Anywho, it’s March and soon your social newsfeeds will be cluttered with all. the. shakes. Everyone and their grandmother is having a conniption over ’em. And here we are, looking all sad and alone in our corner with no shamrock shake. *cringe* You can come out of the cave you crawled into because we have a vegan version right here. Oh, and it’s healthier, so you won’t feel sick over the 550 calories, 13 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 180 milligrams of sodium, no fiber, and 82 grams of sugar.
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ avocado
- 1 cup coconut milk (or your choice)
- 1 handful of spinach
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 drops of peppermint extract (to taste – it’s strong)
- 1 tbs flaxseed oil
Blend and indulge, my friends. If you want to get extra crazy, go ahead and add that dollop of coconut whipped cream.
Just to prove that you’re doing your body a favor by making your own shake, here are some health benefits that this version may provide:
- Coconut milk is full of potassium, which helps to maintain tissues of the heart, kidneys, brain, and muscles.
- The phosphorous in coconut milk is good for your teeth and bones.
- Coconut milk has antioxidants, which you should know are GREAT for you by now! They can help prevent free radical damage.
- Antioxidants can also delay the aging process.
- Lauric acid is a biggie in coconut milk. It has germ-fighting, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that can help clear the body of viruses, bacteria, and illness.
- Spinach can also aid in bone health due to its high levels of vitamin K.
- Spinach is high in fiber, so you feel fuller, faster. It also helps to promote a healthy digestive tract and prevent constipation.
- The vitamin A in spinach can aid in the growth of healthy skin tissue.
- Spinach is high in iron. Iron-deficiency is common and can lead to hair loss.
So, you’re welcome. Now you can post a picture of your own shamrock shake to Instagram. And congrats – you’ll still fit into your skinny jeans by week’s end. xx Bianca