Pink and Green

There’s been a lot of McDonald’s buzz lately.  I’m sure you’ve heard.

Pink slime.

I know.  So. Gross.

But there’s more.

Its March.

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day and you know what that means.

Shamrock Shakes!

I absolutely love shamrock shakes.  I love the creamy cold ice cream with the minty sweet flavor.  I look forward to these all year.  Usually a trip through the drive-thru is in order the minute I hear they are out, but this year is different.

My family has been on a quest (OK maybe its just me) but we are trying to detox our children from any and all McDonald’s trips.  McDonald’s goes against everything I stand for but I have always given in here and there for  “a treat” for my boys with a trip through the drive-thru for the pink slime chicken nuggets, fries and the infamous happy meal toys.

But with some blood, sweat, and tears (seriously!) I can’t remember the last time I have darkened the doors of McDonald’s – my kids ask for Subway now (not the best – but better!) and those silly toys that I have to scoop up and throw away without them noticing are a thing of the past.

So this year, I realize that I need to be a good example and stay away from the drive-thru myself, which means No. More. Shamrock. Shakes.

So I made them myself!

Its really not like it is that hard.  I mean we are talking vanilla ice cream, mint extract, milk, and green food coloring.

But I wanted to make a unique shake that would go the complete healthy route, that would be vegan, and would not use any nasty food coloring.

Enter avocados!

Strange right?  I know, but it worked!  It wasn’t the bright un-natural green, but a beautiful light green and gave the soy ice cream a deliciously decadent creamy texture.


Recipe~Secret Ingredient Shamrock Shakes
by Tammy Boyd

1 cup So Delicious vanilla soy ice cream
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk, or more for a thinner shake
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
mint leaves, for garnish

Mix all ingredients in a blender.  Makes one great shake served in a fancy glass.

  • tae

    congrats on detoxing your family (and yourself) from McDonald’s! i hope more families follow suit.

    • Tammy

      Thank you Tae!!

  • tae

    and thanks for the great vegan recipe :)