I love McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes. Love them. But they are HORRIFYINGLY bad for you. As in, 680 calories and 20 grams of fat bad for you. While I am not saying you shouldn’t treat yourself to one while they are available, they aren’t something you probably want to consume every day. And they are definitely not something you would want to eat for breakfast.
That’s where I come in. I made up a simple version of a shamrock shake that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast. It’s not an exact substitute for a Mickey D’s shake, but it is tasty and good for you – which is a decent trade-off.
The distinct shamrock shake flavor comes from mint extract. You can add as much or as little as you would like, but don’t start by adding more than 1/4 tsp. This stuff is potent! You can always add more, but too much extract will ruin the shake. You can choose to sweeten the shake if you would like, but it doesn’t really need it. The banana contains roughly 20g of natural sugars anyway, which is enough to counteract the tanginess of the yogurt.
This breakfast shake is also a tricky way to give your kids a protein boost in the morning. You could even sneak in a scoop of protein powder, if you are into that kind of thing.
SHAMROCK BREAKFAST SHAKE
1/2 c. fat free Greek yogurt
1/2 c. skim milk
1 frozen banana (freeze without the skin!)
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
Blend the ingredients together until completely mixed and has reached shake consistency. Sweeten the shake if desired.
Nutrition Information: 188 calories, 35g carbs, 0 fat, 23g protein, 23g sugar
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