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Healthy Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe

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  • Written By: Taralee Loveridge, Clinical Dietitian
Healthy Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, and many people can't resist the temptation of sipping a classic Shamrock Shake to celebrate, which is totally understandable - they’re fantastic!

However, it is important to know that just one small minty milkshake contains 460 calories and 64 grams of added sugar. Although they taste great, the flavor is temporary and not the most nutritious option. Consuming foods high in empty calories, sugar, additives, and food dyes can leave you feeling unsatisfied and may even make you feel hungrier, leading to overeating. This is because non-nutrient-dense foods contain more calories and sugar than vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients to help satiate one's hunger. Unfortunately, Shamrock Shakes fall into this category. But don't worry, there are healthier ways to enjoy a minty treat this month without compromising your health goals!

Healthy Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Copycat Shamrock Shake

  • 1 cup of ice
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup plain or vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups of spinach (NOTE: You can use a little spirulina if you’re not into using spinach in a smoothie!)
  • 4 mint leaves or ¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of any dairy/nondairy milk choice

Optional Additions:

  • Additional sweeteners: maple syrup, honey, sugar, monk fruit, stevia, etc
  • Whipped cream and cacao nibs for topping
  • ⅛ teaspoon of xanthan gum to help thicken the shake
  • Vanilla protein powder


  • Add all ingredients, except for the optional toppings, to a high-powered blender.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Move to a glass.
  • Top with the optional toppings of your choice.

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It is perfectly fine to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with an authentic Shamrock Shake! Remember that being healthy doesn't necessarily mean that you have to restrict yourself. Healthy habits include having the right mindset and approach towards food. Even though Shamrock Shakes are considered non-nutrient-dense, you can still enjoy them during the holiday with a mindful approach.

Taralee Loveridge, Clinical Dietitian at the Well-Being Center