Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rockin' Shamrock Shake Smoothie

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,


Alexis @ Hummusapien said...

I love this natural spin on the traditional shamrock shake! Tis' the season! Fabulous color.

P.S.-- I met you today at the new Whole Foods :) Glad to meet a fellow healthy blogger in person!

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