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Drink This Not That for St. Patty’s Day

photo-9-223x300This is m nutritious and tasty alternative to the Mickey D’s Shamrock Shake that is on the market. I didn’t have to search far to learn what was really inside that beverage, and believe me, there is nothing good for you in it! Unless you want a good dose of sugar addiction and a rebound of guilt and bloat.

shake_largeThe promise of the shake is a good time and some Irish spirit, perhaps? But you will get oh so much more! In fact, the shake contains 54 ingredients, many of which you won’t be able to pronounce. You will get 820 calories! But wait- that’s not all. You will also get 135 grams of carbs, of which 115 of those are sugar. And not just any sugar, you get to have High Fructose Corn Syrup in this tasty beverage. You’ll also get some bonus food coloring and preservatives for good measure.

So can you make a tasty alternative at home? Yes, try this recipe instead:

St. Patty’s Day Smoothie

  • 3 cups of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/2 lime with rind removed
  • 1 inch knob of peeled ginger
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (optional- I like to drizzle it on after)

This works best in a high powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec. You can still combine these ingredients in traditional blender or food processor but the final product will contain noticeable fiber. The consistency that comes from the high powered blenders is quite smooth, very similar to baby food. I usually consume these with a spoon instead of a straw.

What You Get

  • About 16 ounces of nutrition that can easily be made into 2 servings.
  • 230 calories packed with nutrients
  • 30 grams of carbs, half of which is coming from raw honey
  • 13 grams of healthy coconut fat
  • Plus all those colorful phytochemicals from the spinach
  • 1 serving of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables
  • A clear conscious and empowered attitude
  • Your opportunity to role model healthy behavior and create a new tradition for your children and loved ones (Lance found a 4-leaf clover in the grass today!)

photo-10-225x300What will you start as your new traditions for healthier holidays? Share your ideas below for how you might make a “greener” and healthier St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

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