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Diet-Friendly Shamrock Shake Recipe

Here are a few examples of healthful add-ins to jazz things up a bit and add surprising health benefits to a DIY Shamrock Shake:

  • Healthy weight loss: When you’re trying to shed a few pounds, introducing sources of healthy fats into your diet can keep you feeling full, making it easier to avoid giving into unexpected temptation, such as a co-worker who brings in leftover goodies from a weekend party. To easily add “good” fats to the above recipe, make the yogurt full-fat, throw in half of an avocado for a creamy source of heart-healthy Omega-3s, or grind up a handful of almonds in the food processor and then mix them into the finished shake.
  • Boost immunity: Foods high in vitamins A, B and C are champions at upping your immune system’s functioning. Strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and spinach are all good sources of these various vitamins. Chucking a few berries or pieces of kiwi into the blender will add a naturally-sweet immune boosting punch. Another surprising way to beef up the disease-fighting benefits of a homemade shake is to make a pot of black or green tea, freeze it and use the frozen tea as a substitute for the ice cubes. Both black and green tea contain copious amounts of L-theanine, an immune system strengthening amino acid.
  • Promote bone health: Eating foods with adequate amounts of calcium is essential for maintaining bone health and preventing osteoporosis as you age. Adults 50 years and older should aim to consume anywhere between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams of calcium every day, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Depending on which brands you buy, the six ounce serving of yogurt and cup of milk called for in the recipe above can bestow anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of this amount. To be fair, the largest size of Shamrock Shake (22 ounces) can provide 60 percent of the daily recommended amount of calcium. Unfortunately, it comes with a price tag of 820 calories and 115 grams of sugar. Adding a cup of spinach to the shake not only contributes additional calcium, it also offers vitamin K–a nutrient that helps prevent bone loss. “Spinach can be used to naturally give the shake a gorgeous green color, instead of adding artificial coloring,” says Frechman. Tossing in a frozen banana can contribute a bit of healthy sweetness as well as various nutrients which can aid calcium absorption.
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3:42AM PDT on May 7, 2013

nice color thanks

4:32PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Nice, vibrant green colour!

1:49PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Looks good ~ I love the idea of making my own, at least I know what's in it.

7:22PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

yummy

12:32PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

thanks

8:44AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

thanks

5:31PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks!

3:48PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

interesting.

1:00PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

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4:03PM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

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