Healthy Shamrock Shake

It’s that time of year where that green shake from that big fast food restaurant is all the rage.  But do you know what is actually IN that stuff?!

Let me shed some light on that for you and then I’ll share with you an alternative that is equally as delicious!

Nutrition facts for McDonald’s Shamrock Shake (McCafe Shamrock Shake)

Just in case you were thinking about grabbing a large, 22-ounce McDonald’s Shamrock Shake today… you may want to know that it contains:

This is roughly the same amount of calories as:

  • 1.5 Big Macs, or
  • 3, 6.3 ounces, Hot Fudge Sundaes, or
  • Nearly 3 Egg McMuffins

If you downsize to a medium, 16-ounce Shamrock Shake, you will consume:

  • 660 calories
  • 19 grams of fat (29% RDV)
  • 12 grams of saturated fat (61% RDV)
  • 1 gram of trans fat
  • 93 grams of sugar
  • 210 milligrams of sodium (9% RDV)

If you order a small, 12-ounce Shamrock Shake, you will drink:

  • 530 calories
  • 15 grams of fat (24% RDV)
  • 10 grams of saturated fat (49% RDV)
  • 1 gram of trans fat
  • 73 grams of sugar 
  • 160 milligrams of sodium (7% RDV)

If your mind is blown by these nutrition facts, hold onto your skull because there is more! Really! The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake consists of 33 different ingredients! THIRTY-THREE ingredients for a SHAKE. I’d say that might be okay if those ingredients were natural, safe and straight-forward, but the sad thing is that they are not. Many of these ingredients are artificial, chemical-heavy preservatives that wreak havoc on our health. The ingredients that make up this creamy treat concern me more than its calories and fat content.

I won’t go through that entire list with you, but you can easily find it on the McDonald’s website.

So what is the alternative for that minty treat?

Make this delicious shake at home for 16-20g of plant based protein, omega-3s, probiotics, and even more nutrients!

Consider adding some fresh whipped cream and a cherry on top!

Get your Shaklee Life Energizing Shake mix here!! This is my favorite protein. It is all natural and full of good-f0r-you ingredients.

I’d love to hear if you try this!


To your health,

Dr. Lauren