There is one time of year that I go to McDonald’s and it is around St. Patrick’s Day for a Shamrock Shake. I know the ice cream isn’t the best, but I do like the creamy flavors of vanilla and mint. The shake is so thick that you could eat it with a spoon, but there is something about the anticipation of letting it rise through a straw that makes it even more fun.
For those of us that love the flavors of a Shamrock Shake, but not necessarily the calories and fat, here is my solution — Shamrock Power Smoothie. It is a simple puree in the blender with fresh mint, frozen pineapple, vanilla protein powder, almond milk and a drop of mint extract. The pineapple is virtually tasteless when combined with the other ingredients, but gives nice body to slurp up with a straw. I love to have one of these anytime of day because they are so refreshingly delicious and a good source of protein. Just be careful not to add to much mint extract because the stuff is pretty potent and you don’t want to overpower the vanilla flavor.
1 cup frozen pineapple
2 cups almond milk
6 leaves fresh mint + more for varnish
1 scoop vanilla protein powder, any variety
1 cup ice
1 drop mint extract, optional
(Makes 2 Smoothies)
1. Pour all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
2. Pour into your favorite glass and top with additional mint and a straw. Enjoy!