April 2021 Newsletter—Healthy Shamrock Shake

Healthy Shamrock Shake

This refreshing shamrock shake recipe has flavors of vanilla and mint with a nutrient and color boost from spinach and avocado. A treat you can enjoy and feel great about after eating it!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 large shakes


  • 2 cups milk of choice or yogurt
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ avocado peeled
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or raw honey or vanilla stevia to taste
  • 1 cup raw spinach packed
  • 4 cups ice cubes


In a blender combine the milk, mint extract, vanilla, avocado, maple syrup or honey, and spinach. Blend until very smooth.

Add the ice cubes and blend just until it forms a shake consistency. Add more milk if it’s too thick for your blender.

Pour the milkshake into cups and enjoy!

Chef Notes:

Have fun customizing this healthy shake to fit your preferences. Choose the type of milk and level of sweetness that works for you!

Nutrition Facts:

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.7g | Protein: 9.4g | Fat: 15.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 142mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 46.5g

A Little Shamrock Shake History:

Shamrock Shakes were first introduced in the 1970s but they didn’t gain much popularity and were discontinued. Over the years this shake has morphed from a lemon and lime sherbet concoction, to a vanilla sundae with disturbingly neon-green shamrock sauce, then into a milkshake, and eventually evolved into the mint and vanilla flavored drink that’s so popular.

The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake relies on artificial green coloring, artificial flavor, and loads of high fructose corn syrup. This real food shamrock shake uses pure peppermint oil extract and naturally green foods like spinach and avocado.

Even though there are veggies hiding in this dessert, all that’s tasted is creamy, minty goodness.


More Recipes from Chef Scott:

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