Healthy Shamrock Shake

Healthy Shamrock Shake

I used to love Shamrock Shakes. Especially this time of year near St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately I had the radio on while driving to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for a cardiac check up when I heard the announcers talking about what is actually in a Shamrock Shake. The thought of enjoying a thick creamy Shamrock Shake and having a crew of heart specialists scrutinizing every aspect of my life just didn’t mix well.

Here are the gory details for a Shamrock Shake: In one 16 ounce serving: 550 calories, 13 grams of fat of which 8 grams are saturated fat, 180 mg of Sodium 96 grams of carbs and a stunning 82 grams of sugar.  Keep in mind this is the small one. The large, 32 ounce one is 164 grams of sugar, which is approximately 19 teaspoons of sugar. The announcers continued on with all the toxic ingredients in a Shamrock Shake as well. I had to look them up online when I got home. Check this out from the Huffington Post:

VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM

  1. Milk
  2. Sugar
  3. Cream
  4. Nonfat Milk Solids
  5. Corn Syrup Solids
  6. Mono- and Diglycerides
  7. Guar Gum
  8. Dextrose
  9. Sodium Citrate
  10. Artificial Vanilla Flavor
  11. Sodium Phosphate
  12. Carrageenan
  13. Disodium Phosphate
  14. Cellulose Gum
  15. Vitamin A Palmitate

SHAMROCK SHAKE SYRUP

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
  2. Corn Syrup
  3. Water
  4. Sugar
  5. Natural Flavor (Plant Source)
  6. Xanthan Gum
  7. Citric Acid
  8. Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)
  9. Yellow 5 (Banned in Norway and Austria)
  10. Blue 1 (Banned in Norway, Finland and France)

WHIPPED CREAM

  1. Cream
  2. Nonfat Milk
  3. Corn Syrup
  4. Sugar
  5. High Fructose Corn Syrup
  6. Contains Less Than 1%: Mono-And Diglycerides
  7. Carrageenan
  8. Polysorbate-80
  9. Beta Carotene (Color)
  10. Natural (Dairy and Plant Sources) and Artificial Flavor
  11. Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor
  12. Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide)

MARASCHINO CHERRY

  1. Cherries
  2. Water
  3. Corn Syrup
  4. High Fructose Corn Syrup
  5. Sugar
  6. Malic Acid
  7. Citric Acid
  8. Natural (Plant Source) and Artificial Flavors
  9. Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)
  10. Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)
  11. Red 40
  12. Sulfur Dioxide as Preservative (Contains Sulfites)

The good news is there are several healthy versions of the Shamrock Shake out there for us cardiac patients. Check this out from Food.com:

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For the recipe click HERE.

Check out this Skinny Shamrock Shake from My Recipe Magic.com:

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For the recipe click HERE.

Here’s one more option for you from Fast Drink Recipes.com:

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For the recipe click HERE.

Have a happy and HEALTHY St. Patrick’s Day!

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