No Added Sugar Shamrock Shake (vegan)

Fast food green drinks are fun to sip, especially around St. Patrick’s day, but they are usually overly sweet and low on nutrition. If you’re looking for a healthier beverage, this no added sugar shamrock shake is for you.

This delicious drink supplies one and a half servings of fruits and vegetables, nine grams of fiber, calcium, heart-healthy fat, and much more, and it gets some of its vibrant color from matcha. 

What is matcha? 

Matcha is ground green tea that’s typically used to make a hot beverage. As a powder, matcha is potent and a little goes a long way in terms of flavor and color.

Does matcha have health benefits? 

Matcha and other green tea contains antioxidants that may fight cancer.  Drinking green tea on a regular basis is linked to lower blood pressure and lower levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol in the blood.

However, there’s not much research on matcha itself. Even though matcha is a type of green tea, experts aren’t sure that it has the same effects as other green tea on health.

Does matcha have caffeine? 

Matcha contains caffeine, but relatively low levels. As a result, this no added sugar shamrock shake provides a gentle energy lift, rather than a jolt.

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I use McCormick Gourmet Organic Matcha Green Tea with Ginger Seasonings*.  It supplies about 4 milligrams of caffeine per serving, which is the same amount of caffeine as 12 ounces of decaffeinated coffee.

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When you make the smoothie with regular matcha, the caffeine content is about 50 milligrams, which is still far less than coffee. For example, 16 ounces of Starbucks coffee has 330 milligrams caffeine.

I hope you enjoy this better-for-you drink that you can make with a soy beverage so that it’s vegan, or with dairy milk. It’s your choice!

No Added Sugar Shamrock Shake

A delicious and nutritious version of sugary fast food milkshakes.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword banana, greensmoothie, milkshake, shamrockshake, vegansmoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baby spinach or kale
  • 1/2 medium frozen banana, sliced
  • 1/2 pitted ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened fortified soy beverage or 1% low fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp. matcha

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. 
  • Blend on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and drink immediately.

Notes

Nutrition information: 281 calories; 16 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat); 6 milligrams cholesterol; 76 milligrams sodium; 32 grams carbohydrate; 9 grams fiber; 8 grams protein

*I did not receive compensation or product from McCormick or Organic Living Superfoods and they are not my clients.

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