v.R Shamrock Smoothie
There are many versions of a healthy Shamrock Smoothie. Here’s the v.R version (version.Rachel)
handful of mint leaves
couple of sprigs of watercress
1 kale leaf
peel from an apple
dollop of almond butter
2 Tbsp. hemp seed hearts
unsweetened almond milk
1 KAL stevia
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. buffered vitamin C powder
- Egg yolks would have been good in it, but I was skipping the eggs this time.
- Other healthy versions often rely on avocado as a fatty base.
- There are also non-Paleo versions that my family likes better, which use whipping cream and egg yolks as the fatty base.
- You can use dates instead of sweetener.
Here’s a different recipe that will appeal to more people…
Real Food Shamrock Shake by DieticianCassie.com
1/2 small avocado
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. spinach
1/4 c. coconut milk
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract (or drop of essential oil to taste)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 packet of stevia [1 tiny scoop KAL]
Optional during the day: add scoop of protein powder and serve with a fresh fruit.
2 cups ice
- If you’re having it during the day you can always add a scoop of protein powder and a side of green grapes to make it PFC balanced (and still festive!).
- Put all ingredients in a blender (put the ice in last) and blend until smooth.
The best news of all? This entire recipe (two servings — it fills a 16 ounce glass) contains only 8 grams of carbohydrates which breaks down to just 2 teaspoons of sugar. (Divide the grams of carbohydrates by 4 to get teaspoons!). Compare this to a medium Shamrock Shake which contains 23 teaspoons; it’s no comparison! There’s lots of healthy fat and hardly any sugar, so it will keep you full and not leave you crashing an hour after. It’s definitely a healthy alternative to the sugary temptation. That said, Enjoy and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!”