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How To Make A Healthier Shamrock Shake


Are you craving a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s? We’ve got a recipe for a healthier version of this cool treat that you’ll not only love but is actually good for you!

The famous minty green beverage may only come around once a year, but it’s loaded with ingredients that, if you have them all at once, can create havoc in the body.

According to McDonald’s website, a medium Shamrock Shake has 560 calories, 16 grams of fat, 91 carbs, and 78 grams of sugar.

That’s just over 18 teaspoons of sugar.

In our version, we used almond milk and low-fat frozen yogurt for the base, both of which are low in calories and fat.

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Next, we threw in some nutritious spinach and avocado to give it that lovely green shade. Don’t worry – we promise you won’t even taste it, and the avocado helps add to the creaminess of the shake!

We then finished it off with just a hint of Irish creme and mint extract.

Our version tastes so much like the original shake that you won’t even miss that St. Patrick’s Day tradition, and it’s so much better because it’s lower in sugar, fat, and calories – a win-win in our book.

A 16 ounce serving of this recipe has 318 calories, compared to 560 in the McDonald’s version, and it only contains a fraction of the sugar.

Plus, you’ll save money by making it yourself and you can enjoy it any time of year, completely guilt free!

Healthier Shamrock Shake

Makes 2 servings


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  • 2 cups Ice Cubes
  • 2 cups Original or Sugar-Free Almond Milk
  • 1 cup (2 scoops) Low-Fat Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Spinach
  • 1/2 of a Large Avocado
  • 1/4 cup Irish Creme Coffee Creamer
  • 1/4 tsp Mint Extract


  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Top with your favorite low-fat whipped topping or garnish with a fresh mint leaf (optional).


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Virginia Alaniz is a former contributor to a Liftable Media property.
Virginia Alaniz is a former contributor to a Liftable Media property.
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