St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Many people are anticipating a sweet, green, holiday tradition that is less than healthy. Yes, I’m talking about the Shamrock Shake!
This seasonal drink has been around since the 1970’s. Most people recognize that this shake is loaded with sugar and calories, but did you know that it actually consists of 35 ingredients? It will come as no surprise that many of these ingredients are not good for our health.
A Healthy Version
This year you may want to try this simple recipe for making a minty green shake that you can feel good about. The recipe not only avoids unhealthy ingredients, but is loaded with nutritious ones. Collagen peptides are know to support healing in the GI tract, reduce inflammation in the body, increase your metabolism, and support healthy skin, hair & nails. Avocados are high in potassium, aid digestion, contain antioxidants, and may help with morning sickness. Mint is said to promote digestion, relieve depression, and encourage alertness (although it can aggravate heartburn in some people).
These nutritionally dense ingredients, containing both protein and healthy fats, make this a perfect breakfast shake or dessert. It is not only delicious, but it will support your wellness goals!
Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe
12 oz coconut or almond milk (or other dairy substitute)
1 T dried mint (or a handful of fresh mint)
1 t vanilla
10 drops liquid stevia (or other sweetener)
1 handful of ice
1-2 scoops of vital proteins collagen peptides
Coconut whipped cream (optional)
Makes two servings!
Simply blend the milk, avocado, mint, vanilla, stevia, and ice. Add the collagen peptides and blend just for a few seconds. (Adding the collagen at the end will keep the shake from getting too frothy.) Feel free to taste the shake at this point and add more mint, stevia, or ice based on your preference. Make the coconut whipped cream and pipe it on top. Enjoy!
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