Shamrock Smoothie

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Although my favorite color is green, St. Patty’s isn’t my favorite holiday (come to think of it, I’m not really sure what my favorite holiday is…).  I just don’t understand how a day meant to honor someone could turn into just an excuse to get drunk.  Don’t get me wrong: that isn’t to say that I haven’t spent my fair share of St. Patty’s days plastered.

My most memorable drunken March 17th was spent with great friends abroad in Aotearoa/New Zealand chugging Irish Car Bombs and plastic cups full of green beer into the early morning hours, at which point we headed to the pubs (and proceeded to scarf down wedges with sweet chili sauce).

Looking back, I’m glad I don’t drink anymore. Of course, there are no regrets, but seeing how much more I honor my body nowadays is confirmation enough for me to steer clear of alcohol and drugs.  But focusing on health, eating clean and not drinking doesn’t mean I sit out the celebration!  My hubby is Irish (and he loves his beer!) so I wanted to do something fun, festive and special to celebrate St. Patty’s Day while also ensuring that we both get our nutrition in.  Enter: the incredible Shamrock Smoothie [a.k.a. the Chocolate ‘O Mint or “Black+Green” Shake].

There just aren’t enough words to describe the pure deliciousness.  I already know more than a few of you will look at the ingredients and think spinach?!!, so I’m here to tell you: hells yes!  If you have yet to try spinach in your smoothies, do it STAT.  You won’t even taste it and it’ll add incredible nutrients to your meal!  For this occasion, mix it up with some mint and chocolate and I have only two words: SO. GOOD!


Shamrock Smoothie

[Ingredients: In order to keep the bright green color, you’ll need to mix up two different batches [the green + the brown] and then pour them into your glass separately.]


  • 2/3 frozen banana [I used an apple banana]
  • 2 c fresh spinach (packed)
  • 2/3 c almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 tsp spirulina and/or flaxseed [optional]


  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder [I use BioChem 100% Whey]
  • the other 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/3 c almond milk
  • small handful of dark (or semi-sweet) chocolate chips [I used about 6 chips]

IMG_5707Blend together all green ingredients until smooth, then blend together all brown ingredients until smooth.  There will be more green than brown.

In a tall glass, pour in half the green mixture, then all of the brown, and finally the remaining green.

Top with fresh mint leaves and a few chocolate chips and enjoy


Or, warm up some of the smoothie a bit and use it as a mix-in for your oats [I used my go-to steel cut oats with chia (click for recipe)]!


This was delicious, although it totally ended up looking like Shrek’s swamp about half-way through…



Ben tried to make me feel better about it by saying “it looks like Ireland!” (hehe), but when it comes to healthy and delicious food, I don’t always need to be persuaded by looks.

And with that, I’m off to shave my legs and get to work (it’s embarrassing how long it’s been since I last shaved my legs!).  Thank goodness I only have two more days before Spring Break – I am in need of it!!

Don’t forget to wear your green today!

How are you celebrating today? Are you a ‘green monster’ smoothie fan?  How do you feel about drinking?

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11 thoughts on “Shamrock Smoothie

  1. Therese says:

    I love me some GMs!!! I had them more in the summer as an after long run smoothie however but I do want to try and get more in even in the winter months.

    I drink but not as much as I used to. I can’t stand the feeling of being drunk anymore, it’s not fun. But I do like to share pints and glasses of vino’s with friends but I save it for weekends and even then it’s usually just a glass or two of wine. Beer is more of a pub treat for me.

    And rock on for potato wedges and sweet chilli sauce! I remember having it in Australia and never wanting anything else that entire week!

    • greenplatedinners says:

      Oh man, those wedges were killing me down under! It’s a really good thing there was so much hiking to be done or I would have come home about 30 pounds heavier!!

      I sometimes wish I enjoyed beer the same way my husband Ben does… he can taste all the differences and is so happy when he comes across a really great find, hehe.

  2. Lee says:

    Yum, the peppermint extract sounds so good in the smoothie.

    I wore a green shirt today. That was pretty much my extent of celebration! I drink but not nearly as much as I used to. I maybe have 2 or 3 drinks on a Friday night and that’s it for the week. Of course, there are some exceptions. I just get hangovers really easily now and it’s not worth it.

  3. Diana Richmond says:

    We had green smoothies today too, minus the brown…ours was kale, cucumber, avo, banana, splash of apple juice. Elijahs favorite green power “mooomie” as he calls them. I’m with you on the healthy food not always looking so beautiful mid way through, but knowing whats in it and that it’s made with love keeps it tasting great

    • greenplatedinners says:

      Oooh, YUM! You guys are so healthy it’s amazing. I love watching Elijah grow… he’s SO special! I want to be able to raise my kids the way you’re raising yours… they’re so lucky to have such conscious parents! 🙂

  4. Sues says:

    I really hate that St. Patrick’s Day is just an excuse to get wasted, too. It doesn’t make any sense to me!

    This smoothie looks awesome 🙂 I LOVE adding spinach to my smoothies. So pretty and healthy and you can’t even taste it!

  5. Katie says:

    Total discretion: I didn’t drink until I was 20, and this mostly began on study abroad in Italy. Then followed senior year of college, where my friends and I drank quite often. I accumulated several experiences that though they make for good stories, actually make me cringe a little in remembering them. In particular one st. patrick’s day 2 years ago that could have ended very badly for me, and thankfully did not. Or the time that the 2nd time my mom ever met my boyfriend was when he was holding my hair back for me (after I spent a full cab ride home vomiting. I don’t know how he convinced the taxi driver to take us home).

    Suffice to say, my drinking has decreased dramatically. My max in one sitting is 2, and in reality tends to be one or less.I really appreciate a glass of wine or a beer, but if I take a sip and don’t like it, I won’t drink it. ( I can definitely tell the difference between wines and beers, and what I like and don’t). I feel that now that I’ve been noticing how i feel based on the foods I consume (thanks to blogs) that anymore than that 1 glass results in being slightly “off” the next day.

    And my family and I celebrated on Sunday with our annual st. patrick’s day dinner. I love getting together with my dad’s side ( who are really into being irish) and having dinner together. I don’t go out out and drink (please see above story) and I actually would have liked to have avoided the city yesterday if i could have.

    Finally I drink green smoothies sometimes, and my family considers me very very weird. 🙂

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