I love seasonal food and eating special things on special holidays, but since I don't really love things like sodium benzoate, polysorbate 80, and food dyes...or rather, I have no idea what these things really are or what they do inside my body...I'll pass on the quintessential March drink: The Shamrock Shake.
So here's a more natural take on a minty seasonal drink: my Rockin' Shamrock Shake Smoothie. Instead of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, this Shamrock drink uses real, fresh green fruits and vegetables to create a special, minty, morning treat.
Side note: if you've tried to convince your kids to drink green smoothies, this smoothie might be just the ticket. The mintiness is so delicious, I honestly couldn't believe how good this tastes!!
Rockin' Shamrock Shake Smoothie
2 medium kiwi
1 large or 2 small bananas
2 clementines, chopped
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach
2-3 cups vanilla almond milk
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil -OR- 1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
optional: 2-3 tablespoons sweetener (agave works great)
Combine all ingredients except sweetener in a blender. Process. Scrape sides, process again until very smooth.
Taste and add sweetener if desired.
Makes 2 - 12 oz smoothies.
**If you want to make it even more special, a little dollop or Greek yogurt or whipped cream and a raspberry make it look pretty sweet.**
Life is sweet,