It is that time of year again. McDonald's has come out with their notorious Shamrock Shake. There are lines out the door on Saint Patrick's Day just to buy this green milkshake. But do you know what this shake is made of? Well let me tell you.
1. VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM
Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate.
2. SHAMROCK SHAKE SYRUP
Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1. May contain small amounts of other shake flavors served at the restaurant, including egg ingredients when Egg Nog Shakes are available.
3. WHIPPED TOPPING
Ingredients: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 1% or Less: Mono-And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor. Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide).
4. MARASCHINO CHERRY
Ingredients: Cherries, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Red 40, Sulfur Dioxide as Preservative (Contains Sulfites).
5. GREEN SUGAR CRYSTALS
Ingredients: Sugar, Yellow 5 Lake, Confectioners Glaze, Blue 1 Lake, Carnauba Wax.
Basically to sum this up, this entire shake is just sugar in a plastic cup, along with some other awful ingredients that do nothing but harm your body. A large McDonald's Shamrock shake has 115g of sugar in it!! That is INSANE!! You are basically eating 29 tsp of sugar!!! That is almost five times the recommended amount of sugar you should have in a day. So why harm yourself by adding all of these awful ingredients into your precious body?? It may taste good for about 5 minutes but is it worth it?? I hope not. So instead of lining up at McDonald's for a sugar buzz, here are a couple recipes that are just as delicious, if not more, as a McDonald's Shamrock Shake.
Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipes
1 cup almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk
1/4 avocado, pitted
1 handful fresh baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract or about 10 leaves of fresh mint
5-6 soft Medjool dates, pitted
handful of ice
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust sweetness to taste, if necessary, and serve immediately.
Serves: 1 large or 2 small smoothies
- 1 frozen banana
- handful of fresh baby spinach, about 1 cup packed
- ¼ cup fresh mint, about 10 leaves
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 ice cubes
- ¼ teaspoon good vanilla extract
- ¾ cup Almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk
- In a blender, combine the banana, spinach, mint leaves, almond butter, ice, vanilla and milk. Blend until smooth. Add more milk as needed for desired consistency.
- Pour into a glass and serve.
Source: Love & Lemons
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!