Healthy Protein Shamrock Shake


For Saint Patricks day you have to have one of these delicious healthy shamrock shakes.  The low fat cottage cheese and yogurt makes for a rich and creamy shake similar to the Mc’D’s variety but without the guilt.  Best made with a single serve blender like a Ninja or Nutri-bullet.

Here’s the recipe:  

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 small container vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops of mint extract or one handful of fresh mint  (use sparingly!)
  • Optional, 1 frozen chopped banana
  • Optional, 1 cup fresh spinach

With a blender, put ice in first, followed by dry ingredients and then the almond milk.  Put in the vanilla and fresh mint or mint extract.  Top off with water to fill up to desired cup volume.  Blend well until smooth.

Once blended, give it a taste and add more drops of Mint Extract if needed.  This can also be switched up and made with chocolate protien powder.

If you don’t use the spinach be sure you add a couple drops of green food coloring to give this shake the official festive Saint Patty’s day look!

This delicious shake is only 274 calories, 43g protein, 17 grams carbs, and 4g fat!

If you’re not cutting calories, feel free to add the banana which will add a little richness but increases the shake by about another 100 calories and 30 carbs.

Either way, you’re still way ahead of the Mc’d variety which is well over 800 calories for about the same size shake.

 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 274 
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4 g 6 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 8 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 45 mg 15 %
Sodium 478 mg 20 %
Potassium 275 mg 8 %
Total Carbohydrate 17 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0 %
Sugars 10 g
Protein 43 g 87 %
Vitamin A  10 %
Vitamin C  0 %
Calcium  62 %
Iron  5 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

 

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