Happy St. Patrick’s day! I am spending today heading to the Veg Fest in Hove, but I figured that before I head out, I’d share with you the raw green smoothie recipe that’s been my go-to on days when I’m not making green juice.

Apparently around this time of year, a certain fast food chain makes shamrock shakes (McDonald’s? I have no idea). I’ve never had it, but I can bet it tastes like a bunch of sugar and chemicals with green food coloring dumped into it. Instead of trashing your body with garbage like that this St. Patrick’s Day, try this super easy, creamy, super food shake instead (ok, you could probably mix in a shot of homemade vegan baileys if you want to be a little naughty).

Easy Shamrock Shake
+ 3 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
+ 25 to 50 g spinach or collard greens depending on your preference
+ 1 TBSP maca powder or cacao nibs or 1 tsp of spirulina (see note)
+ a few splashes of filtered water, coconut water, or almond milk

Put the first three ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender (don’t use a cheap blender for this!). Add a splash or two of the water on top and then process or blend until creamy (I use a food processor and it takes about ten minutes, in a Vita Mix or other high speed blender it’ll probably take no time at all). If you’re using a food processor, be sure to stop and scrape down the sides every few minutes.

Note: I pretty much always use maca in this recipe because I love it, but if you use spirulina, it’ll come out even more green! If you go for the cacao, I recommend nibs, not powder! For some reason, the nibs just add a perfect flavor and crunchy texture that the powder is lacking… plus the shake will stay green! Cacao powder will turn it kinda gray. 😛 You can also use a combination of any of these – I did one tablespoon of maca AND one of cacao nibs in this recipe before and it was delicious.

You could also probably use chlorella, wheatgrass, or a mix like Vitamineral Green, but I’ve never tried any of these so I can’t be sure how it’ll taste!

Wishing you angel blessings this St. Patrick’s Day –


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