Thursday, June 6, 2013

Smoothie Week: Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie

Say hello to recipe No. 3 of Smoothie Week on HGG - the Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie!


(P.S. Be sure to check out smoothie recipes No. 1 and No. 2 from this week if you haven't done so already.)

I know. St. Patrick's Day was in March, so I kind of missed the boat on the whole "Shamrock Shake" celebration. Let's just say I had a serious case of tunnel vision. Only copycat Girl Scout cookie recipes made it through my blinders that month.

Even though it's June, I simply couldn't resist making a healthier, creamier version of McDonald's seasonal favorite. Better late than never, right?


If you're a vanilla fan, this smoothie will be your new favorite drink. If you're a chocolate fanatic, this copycat milkshake sans cocoa powder might surprise you with its deliciousness. I slurp at least two Healthy Thin Mint Smoothies per week, but this creation is the perfect fix for when you crave peppermint but don't want chocolate.

Not to mention, spinach finally gets its moment in the spotlight. You can't have a copycat shamrock shake without the signature green color! However, unlike the original, this coloring is natural.  

Winning.

Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie



Serves One

 

Total Preparation Time: Two minutes . . max

 

Difficulty: Easy



Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized frozen banana (Fresh works too, but frozen makes the smoothie thicker.)
  • 1/2 of a small avocado or 1/4 of a large avocado (This ingredient is the key to creamy smoothies!)
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used Chobani non-fat vanilla.)
  • One teaspoon vanilla
  • One to two drops pure peppermint extract (Don't use more than two! The flavor is incredibly strong.)
  • One huge handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 scoop Pure Protein vanilla cream whey protein powder (Half a scoop of this brand is 75 calories; if you're using a different brand, feel free to use more or less powder.)
  • Handful of ice 

Steps:

  1. Add the spinach, milk, yogurt, vanilla, peppermint, and whey protein to a blender. Blend for 20 seconds. I find it's best to stop and "pulse" every few seconds.
  2. Add the banana, avocado and ice to the blender and blend until all ingredients are well-combined. The amount of time this takes depends of the quality and type of blender you own. I have a bullet blender, so it normally takes about 10 to 15 seconds of pulsing to ensure no spinach leaves and ice chunks remain.
  3. Your smoothie should be pretty thick at this point. Add more milk to make the smoothie thinner, if desired.
  4. Sip through a straw, eat with a spoon, or add to a travel mug and enjoy on your way to work or school.  

Questions:

  1. Are you a die-hard chocoholic or a very vanilla fan?
  2. Have you ever tasted McDonald's Shamrock Shake?

Related HGG Posts:


Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie



Healthy Thin Mint Smoothie



Tropical Mango Avocado Smoothie

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