When I think about my childhood, I remember coming home from school, and smelling the yummy treats my mother had baked for us and at that time I never was concerned about how much extra wholesome goodness was added to those treats either. It wasn’t until I lived on my own that I enquired about the flour she used and if she ever added such things as pureed spinach to her brownies. On the contrary, a favorite of mine was not from our kitchen oven. This treat actually was one from a fast food chain and came around all but once a year: the Shamrock Shake! (gasp!)
Like I have already mentioned, I had no concern as to what the ingredients of my childhood treats were. I was a kid! (Hint: this is why we as adults need to take control over what is brought into the house and served to our children). Looking at the nutritional information now, the Shamrock Shake is made with reduced fat vanilla ice cream, shamrock shake syrup (I am sure you can imagine what this is made of!), whipped cream and maraschino cherries. There is a whopping 73g of sugar in a 12oz serving and 530 calories. Not what I would call a “green smoothie.”
But take a look at these wholesome ingredients! This is what I use for my personal favorite green smoothie in efforts to mimic my childhood, minty, green treat.
The green ingredients are simply spinach and fresh mint leaves. I mainly love my mint blended into this super refreshing smoothie, but you can also use mint leaves in tea to help ease stomach cramping. Did you know that by the mere scent of the leaves you can get a peppy, more energetic feeling?
Add some fresh, frozen fruit for natural sweetness and a great creamy consistency.
With only 250 calories and 25 grams of naturally occurring sugar, I invite you to try Shamrock It!
- 1 cup unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 10 large, fresh mint leaves plus extra for garnish
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- (optional- scoop of vanilla protein powder. we use a whole food powder from juice plus)
- Add almond milk, spinach and mint leaves to blender; blend well.
- Slice banana and it along with the mango into the blender; blend well.
- Add ice if a thicker consistency is desired.
- Pour into two small glasses, garnished with extra mint leaves; serve and enjoy!
- (optional: add vanilla protein powder for extra protein!)