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Nik’s WLS-Friendly Shamrock Shake

So you may have heard of this holiday…St. Patrick’s Day? I keep hearing about a guy who drove snakes out of Ireland but I’m pretty sure the holiday is about wearing green, drinking ale and being promiscuous (if the Baltimore bar scene can be trusted to tell the tale).

You guys have been thinking about St. Patty’s Day for a while. Know how I can tell. Because beginning in JANUARY many of you have emailed me asking if I have a protein version of the “Shamrock Shake.”

And yes I do! But before I give you the recipe I have to say that this is what I call a “dessert shake,” meaning it’s a bit higher in calories than a 100% upstanding protein shake might be but it’s meant to replace an even WORSE choice you could make. It’s still way less calories than an actual Shamrock Shake with no added sugar, very little fat and a LOT of protein. But don’t drink this everyday, k? It’s a WLS-friendly indulgence.
Nik’s Shamrock Shake
Ingredients:
  • 4 oz. milk (whatever kind you use but NOT water0
  • 1 scoop GOOD vanilla protein (I like Fit Frappe Vanilla, Pure Protein or Nectar Vanilla Bean Torte best for this)
  • 2 tbsp Davinci sugar-free Peppermint Paddy or Peppermint syrup (if you don’t have this, you can use a LITTLE bit – like 1/8 tsp – of Peppermint extract. But I am SO serious…do NOT overdo it!)
  • 5-8 drops of green food coloring (less if you use the Peppermint Paddy syrup as it’s already green)
  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • Optional (but CRAZY good): whipped cream and 1 tbsp sugar-free chocolate chips (Hershey makes them. I get mine at Wal-Mart!) + a few more for garnish
Directions:
Mix all ingredients EXCEPT chocolate chips and whipped cream according to the Super Chill Method of Making Protein Frosties

Then add the chips and whiz about 3 seconds more just to distribute them. Top with whipped cream and SLURP!
Nik's WLS-Friendly Shamrock Shake
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5 comments

  1. I don't have a way to blend at work, can you just use a blender bottle and pour over ice?

  2. Hi Laura,

    I'd wait until you get home. It's worth the wait! But no…I personally would not. The shake gets its appeal from the texture, the taste and the color, all of which are hard to replicate in a blender bottle.

    But for a nice, minty shake, you can definitely add some to a bottle and shake it up!

    do you work at an office? I have one of these at mine to make my shakes: http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-51101B-Personal-Blender/dp/B0017XHSAE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1362603296&sr=8-2&keywords=hamilton+beach+single+serve

  3. I tweaked this, since I have no SF chocolate bits – so i substituted a half tablespoon of SF chocolate syrup (Torani) in mine – and it still hit the mark! (Laura – I was lucky – one of my co-workers brought her Magic Bullet into work and kept it in the kitchen to share with those of us who wanted to "shake it up" at work!)

  4. OMG>? This sounds better then se* ,,, đŸ™‚ Can't wait to try. I have everything in the house except the choc chips.

  5. OMG this looks soooo flipping GOOD!!!!

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