It is that time of the year again when McDonald’s starts serving their famous mint flavored Shamrock Shake. They might taste delicious, but did you know that, depending on what size you get, the Shamrock Shake contains between 73g and 115g of sugar (and, if you watch your calories, it contains 530-820 calories)!!
Besides sugar being very toxic to our bodies and extremely addicting, when sugar is digested, it becomes glucose, which your body needs for energy. When you eat an excessive amount of sugar at one time, it enters your bloodstream very quickly after your eat it. This causes the glucose levels in your body to rise very quickly. This is sometimes called a “sugar rush.” Because of the high level of sugar in your body, your body works hard to burn it up, which will cause the blood sugars to drop, causing a “crash” or that feeling when you are having a really hard time keeping your eyes open, and you just want to lie down and take a nap. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology in the University of California and a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism, your body can safely metabolize at least six teaspoons of added sugar per day. which is about 24 grams. (So, even the size small Shamrock Shake contains 3 times that!) When excess sugars are consumed, any additional sugars will be stored as fat. In addition to that, it can overload and damage your liver, it causes metabolic dysfunction, it tricks your body into gaining weight, and it increases uric acid levels, which are a risk factor for kidney and heart disease.
In addition to the high sugar content, the Shamrock Shake contains many toxic ingredients including High-fructose corn syrup, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, artificial food colorings, Sodium Benzoate, and many more.
I decided to create my own paleo, non-toxic version of the Shamrock Shake. This is how I made it (recipe for 1 serving):
1/2 cup coconut milk or almond milk (I prefer canned full fat coconut milk for its thicker consistency, but if you are concerned about calories, you can use the lite canned coconut milk or any of the unsweetened bottled milks – just check the ingredients and try to avoid Carrageenan if possible)
1/2 cup coconut water (you can also use 1 cup coconut milk instead if you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla extract
about 4 drops organic stevia liquid (you can also use raw honey or pure maple syrup, but it will increase the sugar content)
1-2 tsp peppermint extract or about 4 drops therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil (I prefer the essential oil as it has a stronger, purer peppermint taste)
Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend well until mixed. I also mixed some coconut cream with some vanilla stevia to put on top in place of the whipped cream. For some added nutrition, you can also add some spinach to your shake.