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Minty green milkshake recipe

About this time of year, most people at least pretend to be a little bit Irish. From drinking green beer to eating soda bread, there are plenty of local food traditions tied to St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a recipe that mimics the minty-vanilla flavor of a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, with almost half the fat and calories. And its mint green color comes from an ingredient you can’t even taste in the final product – spinach!

Minty Green Shake Recipe

It makes a great post-workout snack or a healthy breakfast, with healthy carbohydrates and plenty of protein.


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup fresh, cleaned spinach, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cashews (or almonds)
  • ¼ cup light vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 6-8 mint leaves (or ⅛ tsp. mint extract)
  • ⅛ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3-4 ice cubes, if desired


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender (I use a Magic Bullet) or food processor and blend until smooth!

Approximate nutrition information per serving: 265 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 46 grams carbohydrate, 12 grams protein

McDonald’s smallest (12-oz) version, without whipped cream: 460 calories, 11 grams fat, 80 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams protein


Minty Green Shake Recipe

Substitutions (will change nutrition information):

  • If you have a nut allergy or want to limit fat content, the nuts can be omitted – they just add to the creamy texture.
  • For a dairy-free version, use vanilla almond milk instead of skim milk and substitute ¼ cup avocado for the yogurt. It adds healthy fat, creaminess, and more green color!
  • For higher protein content, use plain Greek yogurt and add sweetener if desired.

Similarly, you can add spinach to any smoothie recipe for a great boost of nutrition without changing the flavor. Stay tuned for more smoothie recipes as the weather gets warmer!