RECIPE: v.R Shamrock Smoothie

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
coconut milk

  • 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.

From <http://www.dietitiancassie.com/real-food-shamrock-shake/>

“Keep in mind that it’s not quite PFC balanced. It contains healthy fat and a teeny bit of carbohydrate so it counts for a bedtime snack.

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!”

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