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Skinny Shamrock Shake

Skinny Shamrock Shake

by Becca Brannan, RN - March 17, 2014

As a health coach and personal trainer, I am always talking to people and answering questions about what to eat and what not to eat! I always try to emphasize “Moderation not Deprivation.” I stress this because we all know what happens when we try to totally restrict something that we are REALLY craving.

We do ok for a little while, then we eventually go stark-raving mad. Please have mercy on the person that tries to stand in the way of getting to the food we happen to be obsessing about! Then when it is finally within our sights, our senses take over. We see it, smell it and start to salivate over it!
We all know what is next. We binge on it! Instead of eating one thin mint cookie, we take down a whole sleeve of them. Or if you are like me and love the salty stuff, we eat all the queso and the entire bag of Doritos!

Moral of the story: if there is something you really want, it is ok to splurge on it occasionally. If the majority of your meals and snacks are healthy, there is no reason why you can’t have that favorite food every now and then. Making it a special treat will make it taste that much better.

Another trick to eating healthy and staying satisfied is to make your favorite foods healthier. Make them yourself at home, so you can control what goes in the recipe. There are tons of ways to substitute unhealthy ingredients for things that are easier on the waistline.

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t feel left out amidst all the green beer if you are trying to eat healthier or working on a weight loss goal. Try this delicious Skinny Shamrock Shake. The leprechauns would approve!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings


• 3½ large frozen bananas, peeled
• 3/4 cup fat free milk
• 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
• 3-5 small spinach leaves, for coloring
• 2 Tbsp of fat free whipped cream
• 1 Tbsp mini chocolate chips


1. Combine frozen bananas, milk and mint extract in a large blender.
2. Blend for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides until smooth.
3. Add in spinach leaves and blend until you reach desired color.
4. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and chocolate chips.

Recipe from

Check out these sites for additional info on making healthy substitutions in cooking and baking. Have some fun and don’t be afraid to experiment!

83 Healthy Recipe Substitutions – Greatist
Ultimate Guide to Healthier Baking – Greatist
Healthy Baking Substitutions – Picklee


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