Healthy in the Park – Healthier Shamrock Shakes
Okay, so St. Patrick’s Day is over, but Shamrock Shakes are still a thing. I will not lie; I went to Mickey D’s and had one – a tradition that goes back to childhood. There is nothing tastier than the cool, minty shake topped with whipped cream and the elusive cherry that fights all attempts to eat it first. I am in no way discouraging any readers from taking part in that annual pleasure.
Still, many of us crave this deliciousness during the “off” season as well. Some of us really want more than one per year, but don’t want all the calories. Or you are looking for a way to sneak some extra fruits and/or veggies into your child’s diet.
This recipe, which is a modified version of one I found on chocolatecoveredkatie.com (an excellent resource for healthy desserts!), was taste tested on a group of kids at “In the Park – After Dark.” Roughly 3/4 of the kids there enjoyed it, and about half of them said it tasted “just like” the real thing.
Here you go:
For one batch (serves 2), combine:
1 cup of mint chocolate chip frozen yogurt
1 small frozen banana
1 cup milk of choice (we used skim, but almond or coconut milk would taste fabulous, too!
1/2 teaspoon of mint extract
8 drops of green food coloring [*for an extra boost of nutrition, you could replace the food coloring with about a cup of spinach – kale or other greens are not recommended, as they will mess with the minty flavor!]
Blend and enjoy! If you want to make it truly authentic, add a dollop of Reddi-Wip and a cherry.