Make Your Own ‘Lighter’ Version of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Minty Breath Might Mean You’re Indulging In Shamrock Shakes On The Sly

Save Some Calories and ‘Extra’ Ingredients When You Make Your Own Shake

Seasonal, Minty and Hard To Resist

Every morning on the way to work I hear the McDonalds Shamrock Shake commercial where the husband/boyfriend/whatever gets out of the car and the significant other is upset because she can smell mint on his breath.  He stopped at McD’s and got a Shamrock Shake.  But, oh, wait!  He bought a Shamrock Shake for her too.  Crisis averted! He really does love her after all.

Believe it or not, advertising is so effective that I’ve been craving a seasonal, once a year Shamrock Shake. Before giving in, I thought I would try making my own, which turned out to be delicious.  It was even better than McDonald’s.  I used four ingredients.

Shake Ingredients:
Vanilla Ice Cream – 4 scoops (about 2 cups)
Skim Milk – ¼ cup
Green food coloring – several drops
Spearmint or Peppermint Extract – ¼ teaspoon

Mix it all together in a blender, or smoothie maker, and enjoy.  It’s easy and would be a great treat for a St. Patrick’s Day party for kids or adults.

Is My Homemade Version Healthier?  You Decide.

A McDonald’s medium, 21ounce shake has 740 calories, 18 grams of fat, 240 mg of sodium. Here’s the list of the ingredients:

Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream: Milk, sugar, cream, nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, dextrose, sodium citrate, artificial vanilla flavor, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, disodium phosphate, cellulose gum, vitamin A palmitate.

Shamrock Shake Syrup: High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, sugar, natural flavor (plant source), xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), yellow 5, blue 1.   — from the

My version would be about 540 calories, 20 grams of fat and 200 mg of sodium.  I saved 200 calories and a little sodium.  That’s a plus. Using a low-fat ice cream would have helped out quite a bit in the fat category. I also feel okay about missing out on all of the extra artificial ingredients tool. The minty fresh breath is a bonus!