A Grown-Up St. Patrick’s Day Treat!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody!! I am not even Irish, but I still support today by wearing green. I also don’t want people pinching me.

I thought in honor of both St. Patrick’s Day and National Nutrition Month, I would provide you all with a recipe for an alcoholic shamrock shake.

I don’t eat at McDonald’s often, but when I do…I go during March to get a Shamrock Shake!!!

And putting alcohol in it can make it even better!

I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought it looked really good. A fellow reader, Kirsty, suggested I talk about how to make certain recipes healthier during National Nutrition Month. So I have decided to make this recipe “healthier”. There really isn’t a whole lot to making it healthier, but even just one change can save you some calories.

Compliments of Pinterest.

Compliments of Pinterest.

A True Irishman’s Shamrock Shake!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (2 pints) vanilla frozen Greek yogurt, like from Yoplait (original recipe asked for ice cream and 6 cups of it!)
  • 1/2 cup creme de menthe liqueur
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup Irish cream liqueur (Baileys)
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach (got add in something healthy, right?!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and a cherry, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Add first six ingredients to blender and blend until everything is mixed. If it isn’t thick enough, you can either add more greek yogurt or add some ice cubes. 
  2. Divide mixture into two tall highball glasses (or normal ones if you don’t have highball glasses).
  3. Top with a swirl (2 tablespoons) of fat-free Reddi-Whip whipped cream and a cherry.
  4. Slap a (green) straw in that bad boy and enjoy (slowly…..there is quite a bit of alcohol in it).

Did you know?

  • By switching from full fledged vanilla ice cream, and modifying how much we used, you saved 340 calories per drink (780 calories using ice cream and 440 calories using Greek yogurt)
  • By adding spinach, we are adding iron, vitamin K, calcium and extra nutrients to counterbalance all the alcohol make us healthy.
  • Using the fat-free Reddi-Whip whipped cream, you are saving 20 calories and less sugar.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Danae

P.S. Today also signifies 2 months left of my internship. The days are flying by…

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