I love Shamrock Shakes. And I mean I LOVE Shamrock Shakes.
Back in the day it was not a stretch to ingest 10 of those bad boys in one Shamrock Shake season, which was an official holiday for me. I love the green color, the minty taste, the once-a-year excitement of it all.
But, alas, I have Lyme disease and as we know--sugar feeds Lyme. From the McDonald's Nutrition Fact website, there is 73 grams of sugar in the small Shamrock Shake. That is more sugar than I eat in a week.
But the secret to a happy Lyme life is substitutions, not eliminations. We can substitute a walk for a run, a candlelit dinner at home for a night on the town, a small piece of dark chocolate for a triple fudge brownie sundae.
Lucky for me, Lisa Wells from Cook Eat Paleo, has developed a Lyme Diet friendly Shamrock Shake:
Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipe
In honor of my Irish heritage, and my former obsession with the Americanized Shake version of it, I decided to give it a whirl.
I gathered up all the ingredients from Whole Foods and got out my Vitamix. It's not as fast as picking up at shake at the drive thru, but 5-7 minutes later I had a Shamrock-like shake.
The texture and taste were great. I used maple syrup to sweeten. Of course it didn't taste exactly like the real thing, but there was no guilt or stomach ache afterward.
Happy St. Patrick's Day and may you be lucky enough to find a substitution for your favorite treat.
What healthy recipe should I try next?
"For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day." - Irish Blessing
I'm Kerry and I am a writer and licensed therapist. This is a positive space focused on how to thrive in any situation and the transformative power of illness.