Yesterday, my mom was talking to Miss Rae about St. Patrick’s Day.
Grandma: “and down at the bakery we’re going to make shamrock cookies with green sprinkles! Would you like to try one?”
Miss Rae: “yes, but no rocks in mine…”
I had really good intentions for avoiding making St. Patrick’s Day another day of sugar ’round these parts.
We had a dusting of green sprinkles on our oatmeal…
…but otherwise, I planned to make our St. Patrick’s celebration full of broccoli and kale. Yes, I really am a cool mom. My kids are so lucky!
But I completely discounted the rest of the world’s influence on my children.
Cupcakes at preschool (and am I really going to be the mom that makes J Man sit and watch his classmates eat a cupcake? No way.)
And of course, the above shamrock (sans rocks) cookies.
And it’s barely 2 pm.
The only thing to pad our day with a little more sugar might be the infamous shamrock shake.
Mmm, Mmm! 530 calories of Yellow #5, Blue #1 and high fructose corn syrup! Delish!
The one thing the real shamrock shake has up on my version? It’s much prettier. I tried to make mine more attractive by adding some tulips to the background. Still, though, I really need some Blue #1 to do the trick.
And while you’ll find a ton of amazing ingredients in this shake, Blue #1 isn’t one of them. Instead you’ll enjoy cacao nibs, flax seed, hemp hearts and a feast of other goodies.
This smoothie may not look (or taste) anything like a shamrock shake, but it will not leave you with a sugar high or waxy mouth (you know that whipped cream leaves a waxy buildup in your mouth.)
We’re still having broccoli at dinner. But with a lunch like this, I think I might be able to have a shamrock cookie (sans rocks).
Healthy Shamrock Shake that’s nothing like a Shamrock Shake
1/4 package silken tofu
1/2 frozen banana
1 TBS peanut butter (or more)
1 TBS cocoa powder
1/2 cup Almond milk
1/2 cup Brewed coffee
1 TBS Flax seeds
1/2 cup ice cubes, optional
Cocoa nibs to garnish
Hemp hearts to garnish
Combine all ingredients in a vitamix or high speed blender.
Heather@betterwithveggiesactually made a minty shamrock shake- check hers out, plus other creative tofu ideas!