Oh hello March. Can you please explain to me how you are already half way done? Can you also explain to me how this month is supposed to be all about green things but everything is still completely snow covered and frigid?
Seriously. I mean I love wearing tall boots as much as the next girl, but I’m itching for cute dresses and sandals in a major way.
Good thing I fixed that for us. At least the green part…
When I was growing up I couldn’t wait for March to come around because that meant it was Shamrock Shake season at McDonalds. As a mint lover at heart, I could not get enough of those bright green concoctions. I used to know when they started serving them in the year, and when they would stop. Yes friends, it was bad.
Now I know [a little] better. While the shakes are still cool, creamy and delicious, my skinny jeans don’t appreciate them quite as much as my mouth does.
Enter the natural green power of spinach, protein powder, frozen bananas and just a touch of mint. Aka – shamrock monster shake. Aka – you can have a shamrock shake for breakfast and not even blink an eye. That’s a win in my book for sure.
I used just a touch of peppermint extract to give the green monster that nostalgic minty flavor. You have to be careful with this, as too much mint will make you feel like you’re drinking mouthwash. Also mint extract is not the same as peppermint extract. Trust me, I’ve made this mistake.
The mint also covers the flavor of the banana very well. The frozen banana just acts as a wonderful base that is rich and creamy. Very reminiscent of Mickey D’s.
Make these for breakfast, a snack or dessert. Whatever floats your boat. Just make them. PS – they taste best in a fancy glass
Now, if we could only figure out where spring was…
Shamrock Monster Shake
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Keywords: blender beverage breakfast dessert snack high protein
Ingredients (1 smoothie)
- 1 c milk
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (about 2 T)
- 1/8 t peppermint extract
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 c fresh spinach
- vanilla stevia drops (or sugar) to taste
Blend all ingredients together on high until smooth
Pour into a fancy glass