Every year in march, McDonald's come out with a Shamrock Shake in promotion of St.Patrick's day. I wanted to find out more about St. Patrick's day and the meaning behind shamrock. I also DO NOT like anything with mint in it, at all. In cakes, chocolate nothing, I LOVE it in tea though, LOVE IT!
The Shamrock shake isn't exactly healthy for you, (if you didn't know that!). Let's go over the nutrition facts. A 16-ounce serving of the Shamrock Shake has 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, 82 grams of sugar and 13 grams of protein.
The Shamrock Shake is made with McDonald's low-fat vanilla soft-serve ice cream, Shamrock Shake syrup, mint extract and then topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
The Meaning of Shamrock!The shamrock is a type of clover with three leaves. The most well-known meanings were imparted to the shamrock by St. Patrick, who compared the plant’s tri-part leaves to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Host Spirit. Occasionally shamrocks are found with four leaves. These are rare and considered to be very lucky for the finder.
(Information from: http://www.livingartsoriginals.com/meaning-shamrock.html)
I saw a recipe from Lean secrets by Brenda turner and she had her version of the Shamrock Shake with a protein. The Benefits of this protein shake I made is similar, but you can add anything you want to it, according to your taste.
- NO artificial colors or flavors or sweeteners.
- Packed with minerals, vitamins, and healthy phytonutrients
- Filled with healthy omega 3s
- High in antioxidants
- High Protein
- High Fiber
Here is my version: (Again you can do whatever you want, according to your taste, Like me, I don't like minty anything, so I omitted that, try this to see what you like and go for it!)
- 3 or 4 Ice cubes
- Unsweetened Almond Milk (1/2 cup) *According to taste and Thickness*
- Chocolate Protein (1 scoop) *You can use vanilla but I didn't have any so I used what I had*
- Spinach *Handful*
- 1 Banana or 2 *Depending on sweetness* OR Honey, Truvia/Stevia
- 1 Avocado
I LOVED this drink! THIS is VERY DELICIOUS!! You can try the healthy version or you can try McDonald's version! You decided!