I’m not going to lie. I used to be a milkshake connoisseur. Restaurants were judged on the quality of their shakes based on flavor and thickness. Triple thick shakes always won – you know, the kind that you can’t even suck through a straw because they’re so thick. In my humble opinion, the best place in Cleveland to get a milkshake is Tommy’s – go out and try chocolate with fresh strawberries blended in. You’re welcome.
However, after I had gastric bypass, milkshakes became a thing of the past.
Or did they?
Well, yeah, they did, sort of. Gone are my days of eagerly scooping ice cream into a blender and carefully finding that perfect balance of milk to ice cream. These days, the milk stays, but the ice cream has been replaced by ice and protein powder.
Those who know me well know that I have a slight obsession with mint. Mint errythang, all day every day. Add chocolate and I’m sold. So, when I first discovered McDonald’s Shamrock Shake a few years ago…well. Life was perfect. I’d get one once a week on my way home from work, trying to milk Shamrock Shake season for all it was worth. Never mind how insanely bad they are for you, they tasted great. Side note – can you believe that a small – YES, a SMALL – Shamrock Shake has 530 calories, 15g fat, 86g carbs and 73 grams of sugars?
No way, man. That would honestly probably put me in the hospital if I tried one of those now. My stomach just cramped up thinking about how bad the dumping syndrome would be.
So, I needed to find a substitute. That’s when I decided to get creative in the kitchen.
Here’s my recipe for a bariatric-friendly Shamrock Shake knockoff. No, it’s not going to taste like the real thing, but it’s pretty damn good (and MUCH healthier)!
- 4-6 oz of milk (I used Fairlife Skim milk), depending on how thick you want your shake
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used Fitmiss Vanilla Chai)
- 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract (do NOT go overboard with this – trust me, this is PLENTY). Alternatively, you can find some sugar-free mint flavored syrup.
- About 6 ice cubes (more or less depending on how thick you want the shake)
- 3-4 drops green food coloring
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips (sugar free if you’d like – these are optional)
Place your milk, protein powder, and mint extract in your blender. Blend until well mixed and the mixture is slightly thick – this will take a few minutes. Add your ice and blend again for a few minutes. Finally, add your food coloring and blend again. Top with the chocolate chips if you so desire.
Depending on brands, your calorie, carb, and protein content will vary. Using my brands, my nutrition info was as follows: 130 calories, 28 g protein, 0 g fat, and about 8 g carbs.
Share with me: what seasonal delight do you want to healthify?