Homemade Shamrock Shake

My husband and son were recently driving together when my boy realized that it’s that special time of year when all of the talk in the treat world seems to find its way back to the shamrock shake.  My husband, who has more faith in my kitchen skills than I deserve, suggested that Mom could make one that would be much healthier and just as delicious as the fast food giant’s shake.

Taking it as a challenge, I set out to make a shamrock shake that the kids would love and that I could feel good about serving.  After several test runs, we came up with a tasty concoction.

Homemade Shamrock Shake (Makes 4, 1/2 Cup servings)

  • 2 C vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt
  • 3 C fresh spinach, loosely packed
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana (Freeze ripe bananas whole.  To partially thaw, microwave at 20% power for 1 minute.)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp mint extract

Combine ingredients in a blender.  Enjoy!

In the spirit of “just a dot,” my recipe is for 1/2 cup servings.  Using Weight Watcher’s recipe builder, a 1/2 cup serving is 4 PointsPlus and a 1 cup serving is 7 PointsPlus.  (Topping with whipped cream and cherries could add to the PointPlus total.)

Can you believe that the beautiful green color is all natural?  No green food dye!