Today is a light and fun blog post. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? When my kids were little we used to have so much fun on this holiday. What about a Shamrock Shake, have you ever had one? They are delicious! But, they are also full of fat and calories. I had a small one last week and it was almost 500 calories. You can see in my image mine is not all that green in color. I chose not to add the green food coloring, but you certainly could if you chose to. My version is right about 250 calories with very little fat. See the recipe below.
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St. Patrick’s Day to me means Spring is here. I know most people think of Easter as the start of Spring, but I link it to St. Patrick’s Day. My garden seeds are starting to sprout and my peach tree has baby peaches. How exciting! I hope to get enough peaches to freeze for smoothies over the brutally hot Summer and maybe even be able to give some away. My tree is not that big yet, so I am not sure at how much I will get. My zucchinis, peas, broccoli, lettuce and onions are all coming along nicely as well. I noticed flower buds on my pea plants just this morning so I will definitely get some peas. This is my first year growing most of these items, but I am feeling green, lol. I never had any luck with bananas, which is odd considering where I live. I hope to get blueberries, watermelon and cantaloupe this year. Melons need a ton of space to grow so I only planted a few seeds.
Before I share my version of a Shamrock Shake, I wanted to mention the nutrition of fresh Peppermint. I grow my own Peppermint and it is super easy to grow. I just transplanted some in the back yard to help keep away bugs back there. I use Peppermint for the dog if he has an upset stomach. I just put a fresh leaf in his food, and I also use it for flea and tick control on my pets. I simply rub fresh Peppermint leaves all over their bodies once a day. I do this in between their Bravecto three month dose, because towards the end of the three months it doesn’t seem to work as well, plus they smell all Peppermint fresh. According to my Nutrition Facts app fresh Peppermint in a 1/4 cup serving size contains the following estimated values: Calories 4, water 5 grams, Protein .25 grams, Carbs 1 gram, negligible fat, ,33 grams of Fiber, Iron .5 mg, Phosphorus 5 mg, Potassium 36 mg, Sodium 2 mg, 0 Vitamin K, and Calcium 14 mg.
Here is the recipe: I use a Nutribullet to make my smoothies. You may need to alter your ice and liquid amounts for your size blender.
You will need
ice to fill your Nutribullet 1/4 full
Premier Protein Blueberry Oats drink- I use only half the container which contains 75 calories and 10 grams of protein. I will discuss this drink in a future post.
4 tbsp of fresh mint leaves rinsed
1 small peach with pit removed
1/4 cup fresh or frozen spinach
1/2 or a whole banana depending on your preference and nutrient needs
1 tablespoon of French Vanilla creamer or just use pure vanilla extract.
That’s it blend it up and drink it down.
Let me know if you make it and how you like it. If you wanted an even less calorie smoothie just use half a banana, and protein powder instead of the shake. You will need another source of low calorie liquid, and water would work, I just don’t know how it would taste. Don’t forget for the whole month of March I am giving away free coaching sessions related to Kidney Disease. You can learn more here.
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