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St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner -- and what better way to celebrate than with a Shamrock Shake. But, this isn't just any shake, it's a 'skinny' Shamrock shake. In this week's Dining with Duria, Angelica shows us how to make a delicious shake with less the calories.

Skinny Shamrock Shake

Serves: 2


1 cup fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt

¼ cup fat-free Cool Whip

4 ice cubes

½ cup Almond Milk

1/8-1/4 tsp peppermint extract

2 packets of Splenda, Stevia or other noncalorie sweetener

2 drops of green food coloring

Whipped cream, maraschino cherry & sprinkles (optional)


Blend all ingredients together.  Add whipped cream, maraschino cherry & sprinkles on top if you so desire.

NOTE: If you want to make your shake “dairy-free,” substitute the frozen yogurt & Cool Whip for 1 banana and ¼ of an avocado.

1 Comment

  • Olive Wood

    Duria and Angelica,

    Thank you so much for posting an alternative to the Shamrock Shake. Food products such as the Shamrock Shake are doing society a great disservice. I really appreciate you acknowledging that.

    I also love that you use almond milk in your recipe; it’s much kinder and healthier. However I think you could make your pursuit of a healthier Shamrock Shake even better by excluding the frozen yogurt and cool whip.

    Some of the worst ingredients included in McDonald’s Shamrock Shake are the dairy products. Dairy products are the No. 1 source of saturated fat for all Americans, including for children ages 2 to 18. Saturated fat intake has been highly correlated to an increased risk for heart disease and childhood obesity.

    Dairy products have also been known to drastically increase risks for multiple types of cancers, such as breast, prostate, ovarian, and colon cancer.

    Despite what the “Got milk” and now “Live Milk” campaigns have been telling us, milk does not have any bone-protecting qualities. In a Harvard’s Nurses’ Health study following more than 72,000 women, researchers found that the quantity of milk consumed had no correlation on the number of bone fractures a woman had.

    A better way to get calcium for your bones is by eating naturally green foods like kale and broccoli. Beans also have an excellent source of calcium. So really, there is nothing remotely healthy about eating a dairy filled Shamrock Shake and you can be a lot healthier by drinking a smoothie made with plenty of real leprechaun-green foods!

    If your goal is healthfulness, I would cut out the frozen yogurt and cool whip from your recipe. Add kale or spinach to make the shake green instead of food coloring. Also use a frozen banana in place of the yogurt to make the smoothie creamy.

    Another healthy green smoothie is to blend up is the following:

    1 orange, peeled
    1 cup grapes
    1 banana
    1 pear, cored
    1 cup soy, almond, or rice milk
    2 cups fresh kale or spinach
    ice cubes (optional)

    Happy and Healthy St. Patrick’s Day! 

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