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Shamrock Shake Smoothie – Shamrock Shake Healthified.

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It’s that time of year again when the Shamrock Shake is being downed all over the country. I have to confess, I’ve never tried one. Just the bright, unnatural green color of the shake turns me off big time. And if the color isn’t enough to make you say hmmmm – the ingredient list might convince you to try something healthier – like our version of Shamrock Shake Smoothies made only with fresh, chemical-free ingredients.

Shamrock Shake Smoothie - healthy alternative to the chemically laden Shamrock Shake from the unmentionable restaurant

Shamrock Shake from the unmentionable fast food place –

Are you curious what’s actually in that bright green “drink” they sell by the bucket full this time of year?

Here is the Shamrock Shake ingredient list according to The Huffington Post. You should read the whole article, by the way. It’s really interesting.

“Milk, Sugar, Cream, Nonfat Milk Solids, Corn Syrup Solids, Mono- and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Citrate, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Disodium Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, More Water, More Sugar, Natural Flavor (Plant Source), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1— ARE YOU STILL WITH US? — More Cream, More Nonfat Milk, More Corn Syrup, More Sugar, More High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less Than 1%: Mono-And Diglycerides, More Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural (Dairy and Plant Sources) and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor, Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide), Cherries, More Water, More Corn Syrup, More High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural (Plant Source) and Artificial Flavors, More Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Red 40, Sulfur Dioxide as Preservative (Contains Sulfites).”

Mmmmmmmm. Does anything in that list look like you should actually eat it??? UGH!

Shamrock Shake Smoothie – Shamrock Shake Healthified.

Since one of my goals for 2015 is to drink more smoothies – my kids and I have been crazy around the Vitamix. I tell you what’s funny – encouraging my children to eat their veggies at dinner with the promise of more veggies in a smoothie for dessert after dinner! It really cracks me up. I can get them to down a handful or two of spinach in a fresh smoothie after dinner, but don’t even get me started on them eating cooked carrots with their meals! Anyway, we really love our vitamix and if you don’t have one, I highly recommend that you get one because it simplifies the smoothie making process so much and is great for so many things besides making smoothies!

But on with the Shamrock Shake Smoothie! I based my recipe off one I found in the April 2011 edition of Midwest Living magazine. I’ve changed it up a tad, in my true style. I’m sure it tastes nothing like a Shamrock Shake – I didn’t even put any mint flavor it in, and supposedly the real version tastes like mint. Who knew? I do, know though, that this is one of my kids’ favorite smoothies and it’s healthy enough to drink every single day. How perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!! Or anytime of the year!

Shamrock Smoothie

Here’s the recipe. It’s super simple.

Shamrock Shake Smoothie - Shamrock Shake Healthified
By the way, I double the recipe to feed my family of 6. It makes a full vitamix pitcher full. If you want a smaller amount, follow the ingredients as they are listed in the recipe. Also – I love these stainless steel straws! They help me reduce the trash at my house. In fact, I think I need to order more.

Yield: 5

Shamrock Shake Smoothie – Shamrock Shake Healthified.

Shamrock Shake Smoothie – Shamrock Shake Healthified.


  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 a 6 ounce yogurt container {preferably organic}. You can use Key Lime flavor, Plain, or the Honey Pear I used.
  • 3 TBS honey {especially if you use plain yogurt}. I omit the honey when I use sweetened yogurt.
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes, organic if you can swing it
  • 3 kiwi
  • 1 medium banana
  • Handful of ice
  • Whipped cream & maraschino cherries for garnish {optional}


  1. Add the ingredients in the order listed to your vitamix.
  2. Slowly turn on full speed, then turn to high.
  3. Blend for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Top with freshly made whipped cream and organic maraschino cherries!
  5. Enjoy!

Shamrock Smoothie - Shamrock Shake Healthified

Looking for more smoothie recipes?

Try these:

Pineapple Pomegranate 

Quick & Easy Winter Smoothie

Pineapple, Kiwi, Orange Smoothie

It’s Easy Being Green Smoothie

 What do you think of the Shamrock Shake? Take it or dump it?

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


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