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Quick Note: If you want a healthy vegan-plant-based shamrock “copycat” you can scroll to the last section of today’s blog titled How can you make a healthier Shamrock Shake at home.
It’s a known fact that every year McDonald’s rolls out its cult classic mint green Shamrock Shake just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Plenty of devoted McDonald’s loyal shamrock shake customers anticipate the minty shake’s arrival (some do), which hits menus nationwide in mid-February and only sticks around for a limited time. This year, the festive drink will be sold all the way up until Sunday, March 24, but how much do you really know about the shake—and what exactly is in it? Do you even want to know what’s In it? Sure you do that’s why you’re here.
The frozen treat has actually been around for a few decades; it was originally called the St. Patrick’s Day Shake back when it debuted in 1970, and in 2014, more than 60 millionShamrock Shakes were estimated to have been sold since its inception in the 70’s. You can only imagine what that number has climbed to now. People clearly love the drink and earnestly look forward to it (I’m sure you or someone you know can’t wait for this minty treat).
What is in a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
The Shamrock Shake is a sugar bomb at 63 grams of sugar and 74 grams of carbs, 10g of protein and 460 calories for a small That’s as much sugar as 16 sugar packets. While a majority of its 460 calories come from the carbs and sugar, it also has 13 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat. A large: 113g of sugar, 131 carbs, 19 protein, and 800 calories that 1 cup of sugar!
You ’re probably wondering what makes the drink green? It’s a combination of artificial colors, specifically Yellow 5 and Blue 1. That green hue doesn’t happen with natural mint—it comes from something called Shamrock Shake syrup! The other two ingredients: vanilla reduced fat ice cream and whipped light cream.
One of these as a super indulgent treat shouldn’t do much harm, but regular consumption could surely start to pack on the pounds. It’s best to enjoy the festive drink in moderation, folks.
What would be a healthier dessert option to get at McDonald’s
While it’s not particularly low in sugar or carbs with 24 grams of sugar and 32 grams of total carbs, it has 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein, and comes in at 200 calories. It’s not a horrible option when you are craving a sweet frozen treat.
An even better way to satisfy your cold, creamy craving would be to order the ice cream in a cup, or, if the McDonald’s near you allows this, get the kiddie size. The kiddie cone comes in at 45 calories, 6 grams of sugar, 8 grams carbs and 1 gram of fat. That’s about a quarter of the calories, and notably less sugar, carbs, and fat!
How can you make a healthier Shamrock Shake at home
You can make your own lighter Shamrock Shake at home! You can use light ice cream or your favorite vanilla protein powder with mint extract—extracts add zero calories and sugar. There you have it—the nutritional breakdown of the festive drink, as well as a recipe for a DIY Shamrock Shake so you can get festive this year without doing any damage to your waistline.
If you are looking for a “healthier” way to enjoy your shamrock shake may I just the Minimalist baker? The best part about this recipe is that it’s vegan and plant-based.
Here is the nutritional Info:
- Calories: 212
- Fat: 16.8g
- Saturated fat: 14.7g
- Sodium: 114mg
- Carbohydrates: 17.6g
- Fiber: 1.1g
- Sugar: 7.4g
- Protein: 3.8g