Real Food Shamrock Shake?
There’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one.
I have to admit, though, to getting at least one shamrock shake each year around St. Patrick’s day when I was growing up. I love mint, and couldn’t resist the fun of having something “special” to celebrate the holiday. We didn’t even ever really go to Mc Donald’s, but would actually make the special trip to get the shake because I loved them so much.
It has been years since I’ve had my last “real” (but not real food) shamrock shake. They don’t serve them here in Spain, so even if I were to want to buy one, I can’t. To be honest, knowing the crazy artificial ingredient list of the original would make me feel too guilty to be able to drink one anymore anyway. I do admit to missing some of the nostalgia and fun that I associate with them, though.
Lucky for me, making my own with healthier ingredients is actually quite simple.
Using spinach to color the shake definitely is healthier than using yellow 5 and blue 1.
I had originally tried to boil some spinach in water to obtain a natural green food coloring, but unsuccessfully. Not only did the green color in the water not become concentrated enough for using here, but as it was boiling, the green turned a brownish green color that I didn’t find very appealing!
Adding the spinach right into the mix was definitely easier, and turned the shake the perfect shade of shamrockiness.
(Is that not a word?)
Keep in mind that you should do your own research when it comes to using Essential Oils, particularly when children will be using/consuming them. I have used an essential oil that is meant to be ingested. Make sure that you choose a trustworthy brand meant for consumption when using them in this way. Also, be conscious of the amount of essential oils that you are consuming at once.
Here in the Valencian region, St. Patrick’s day always falls during the week that we are celebrating our fallas festival. So, I will be showing you some interesting Spanish holiday fun in the coming weeks. I didn’t want to let St. Patrick’s day fly by, though, without at least a post or two as a tribute to my American holidays. Hopefully you will enjoy both.