Minty Breath Might Mean You’re Indulging In Shamrock Shakes On The Sly
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.
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 Gluttoner.com.
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!