Growing up, McDonald’s was a weekly treat for our family.
And while the Shamrock Shake didn’t launch until I was a bit older (and McDonald’s had started to lose some of it’s appeal), I still appreciate a fun-flavored fast food shake.
That being said, I don’t appreciate how I feel after, as inflammatory-spiking ingredients like conventional dairy, refined sugar (high fructose corn syrup!!), shelf-stabilizing chemicals, dyes and preservatives, as well as gluten (if adding Oreos into the mix) cause major gut distress and hormonal chaos for me (and honestly, most people in general).
But if you know me then you know I’m always down to recreate recipes so that they taste good AND make you feel good too, and I think I nailed it with this McDonald’s Copycat Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake.
It’s thick and creamy, rich in refreshing mint flavor and swirled with the most legit paleo Oreo Cookie Crumbles, all while being dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free and vegan-friendly.
So whether you’re looking for a milkshake substitute to satisfy a sweet craving or a healthy breakfast idea to kick off the morning (that your kiddos will love too) this Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake has you covered. Snag all the details and recipe below.
While yes, this recipe is a recreation of a milkshake, that doesn’t mean it can’t still be rich in nutrients and void of inflammatory agents found in the original McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (conventional dairy, high-fructose corn syrup, carrageenan (a known carcinogen), etc.) Here’s a few reasons why this Shamrock Protein Shake recipe is a much healthier option.
Instead of using processed sugars like high fructose corn syrup that can spike your blood sugar and mess with your gut microbiome, this Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake uses only a small amount of organic maple syrup and dates to sweeten.
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is loaded with conventional dairy (in the form of milk and cream that many people find difficult to digest). This recipe uses avocado for an extra creamy factor and dairy-free (but still very rich) coconut milk in its place.
One of the reasons milkshakes (and desserts in general) have been deemed “unhealthy” is because they typically lack nutrients that work to keep our blood sugar balanced, hormones happy and provide an overall feeling of satiation, hence why most of the time we’re still hungry (and cranky) after consuming. This Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake recipe sneaks in a ton of nutrients to help keep us satisfied (see below for details).
Unlike most milkshakes or even store-bought smoothies, this Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake also sneaks in plenty of high quality fats and fiber, that work in tandem with the protein to give our hormones the building blocks they need to do their jobs effectively.
Leafy greens like spinach, kale, swiss chard or collard greens are loaded with micronutrients that keep our hormones fueled, enabling them to effectively carry out their functions. Many also have a mild taste (like spinach), making it an ideal veggie to toss in your shake without impacting the flavor.
Cacao is rich in magnesium, which helps lower prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that cause cramping. It also supports pituitary health, helping to signal the release of FSH and LH, necessary for a healthy menstrual cycle and fertility.
Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that work to regulate hormones, increase cervical mucus, promote ovulation, improve blood flow to your reproductive organs and boost the health of your eggs.
Cauliflower contains a sulfur compound called diindolylmethane, or DIM, which helps your body to safely eliminate excess estrogen that can otherwise contribute to period pain, weight gain, PMS, and other hormonal imbalances, while zucchini is rich in lutein, an antioxidant that works to reduce inflammation.
While this shake is already low in sugar (especially compared to the McDonald’s version!) you can make it entirely sugar free by leaving out the Oreo Cookie Crumbles and dates (the banana and vanilla extract will subtly add some sweetness).
To make this Shamrock Protein Shake entirely vegan, swap the collagen protein powder for a vegan-friendly option.
While this Shamrock Protein Shake is naturally lower in carbs and high in protein, healthy fats and fiber, you can reduce the net carbohydrates by leaving out the banana and Oreo Cookie Crumbles and swapping the dates for monk fruit sweetener.
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This Healthy Shamrock Protein Shake is loaded with nutrients and swirled with Paleo Oreo Cookies for the ultimate healthy indulgence.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: breakfast, dessert, smoothie, snack, treat
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**If practicing cycle-syncing, this smoothie would be especially beneficial to consume during your ovulatory phase, as it’s a light and easy to digest option (so it won’t weigh you down when your appetite and digestion slows) while it also includes nutrients like cauliflower that support your body in eliminating excess estrogen (which is highest at this point in your cycle).
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