High Protein Shamrock Shake Recipe

I got the idea for this High Protein Shamrock Shake Recipe as I was driving past McDonald’s.  Even though Shamrock shakes are available at every McDonald’s this year I won’t be indulging in any.  So, how I got to think about how I could make my own healthier green shake.

Original DIY Shamrock Shake Recipe (350 calories, 9.6 grams of protein)

2 cups vanilla ice cream or 2 cups soy ice cream
1 ¼ cups 2% low-fat milk or 1 ¼ cups soymilk
¼ teaspoon mint extract
8 drops green food coloring

My Own Healthier Recipe (Calories 430, 49 grams of protein*)

1 cup organic greek yogurt (23 grams of Protein *)
1 Scoop Vanilla Ice cream flavored whey protein another (22 grams of protein*)
1/2 cup of milk (4 grams of protein)
2 packets of Truvia
1 cup of fresh Spinach
To make it, just blend it all in the blender.  You can add crushed ice if you want a thicker consistency.

So, I will admit that my shake did not taste like vanilla ice cream.  More like vanilla yogurt smoothie.  But it was a nice variation from my regular protein shakes and it was a nice way to sneak in a lot of spinach in my diet.

Variations: You can try just adding one cup of whey powder to the recipe using two cups of ice cream.  That will add some extra protein.  Or do one cup of ice cream and one cup of greek yogurt for another variation.

* Nutritional values estimated based on labels from products I used on my recipe.

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  • melissa

    This sounds yummy! I’ll have to try it. I was wondering if you have other high protein shake recipes that you could share? I have to drink them everyday and I run out of new ideas.

    Thanks for all you do!! I love your site!!


    • Melissa,
      I just started back up with high protein shakes. So I do not have a lot of recipes to share. I can’t add fruit to mine because I am doing south beach diet, so that limits me at the moment. What kind of mixes have you tried?


      • melissa

        Here’s 2 of my favorite recipes that I use….

        Chocolate Protein Shake
        1 c skim milk
        1 1/2 scoops Body Fortress Chocolate whey protein powder
        1 package chocolate Carnation Instant breakfast-sugar free
        mix in blender

        Orange Cream Protein Shake
        1 c skim milk
        1 1/2 scoops Body Fortress Vanilla Whey Protein powder
        1 package vanilla Carnation Instant breakfast-sugar free
        1 single serve packet Crystal light orange flavor drink mix
        mix in blender

        These both contain approx 55 grams of protein.

  • Heather

    I make green shakes all the time using the following:

    Vanilla almond milk
    1 banana
    ice cubes
    chia or flax seed

    It does taste like vanilla ice cream if you get the right consistency btwn ice and almond milk. I hate yogurt in my smoothies b/c of the tang (love yogurt on its own though).

    • Heather,
      I hear you about the tang. My husband doesn’t like it either. I do.


  • that looks so pretty! I might have to try that on St Patrick’s day for the kids. I am always trying to sneak in more spinach.

    A shake I make for my girls is 2 cups of chocolate soy milk, 1 frozen banana, and 2 tablespoons peanut butter. They love it!

  • CIndy

    This is a great idea! I love shamrock shakes! I think I am going to sneak in 1/4 cup fat-free mint chocolate chip frozen yogurt and use 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves instead of the spinach. In my smoothies I use vanilla soy protein powder and light vanilla soy milk plus a dose of ground flax seed.

    I make a variety of smoothies depending on what ingredients I have on hand but my typical formula is 1/4 cup of any frozen berries, 1/4 cup canned pumpkin or sugar-free applesauce, 1/2 cup of any green leafy veggies (I’ve used celery, lettuce, spinach, etc.), 1/2 cup light vanilla soy milk, 1/2 cup unsweetened green tea, 2 scoops vanilla soy protein powder, 2 tbsp ground flax seed, 2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup of ice.