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Paleo & Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

It’s that time of the year again! The Shamrock Shake is out in time for St. Patrick’s Day. There was a time when I used to make a trip to McDonald’s every Spring, and revel in the sugar high I would get from it. This was back when my health was in a less than ideal state with ongoing digestive and skin issues from all the crap I was eating.

I mean, have you see what’s in Shamrock Shake? Beside the obvious ingredients like milk, sugar, and cream, here are some of the worst offenders: high fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids, dextrose, artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, carrageenan, and so many other more obscure additives. There are actually a total of 54 ingredients which is mind-blowing to me. You don’t need that in your life, trust me.

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Making your own version with clean ingredients is much healthier and soooo delicious. And it takes minutes to whip up! This paleo and vegan shamrock shake tastes really similar to the real thing and I’m a bit obsessed now.

One of the best features of the Shamrock Shake is how crazy thick and decadent it is. Using cashews and a frozen banana, I’m so happy that I was able to recreate that creamy texture. I actually ate half of this with a spoon!

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

This year, instead of heading to McDonald’s and drinking up bunch of harmful chemicals and inflammatory additives, make this paleo and vegan Shamrock Shake at home. It’s easy, fast, and tastes pretty darn close to the real thing. If you have kids, they’ll love the fun green color and they’ll have no idea it’s filled with nutritious greens!

Paleo Vegan Shamrock Shake

Paleo & Vegan Shamrock Shake
 
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk of your choice (I used almond)
  • 1 banana, frozen and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (Omit for sugar detox)
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frothy.
  3. Pour into 1 large glass or 2 small glasses, and serve.

Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 Shamrock Shake is a healthy and delicious alternative to your favorite St. Patrick's Day drink!

Energy Boosting Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieRecently, I’ve been feeling a bit run down and low on energy. This happens when I push myself a bit too much (the down side of being type A) and stress starts affecting my energy level. I found out about spirulina a few months ago and I decided to give it a try. Although the taste takes some time to get used to, it’s incredibly nutrient dense and known for it’s energy boosting abilities.

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieWhat is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a powder form of blue-green algae that is ultra rich in vitamins (B vitamins, A, E, K, C, and D), minerals (potassium, calcium, zinc, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium), proteins and amino acids, carotenoids, and antioxidants. With its myriad of nutrients, it is incredibly beneficial for the health of your brain and body. Though I don’t like to use the word “superfood,” it is considered to be one because of its nutrition profile and its ability to remove toxins from the body.

Some additional health benefits are:

  • Boosts energy
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces allergy and sinus issues
  • Lowers inflammation in the body
  • Removes heavy metals from the body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases fat burning and promotes weight loss
  • Eliminates candida
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Keeps your skin healthy and glowing
  • Improves memory and protects the brain

That’s not even the extensive list, and I think it’s pretty amazing!

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieI didn’t find the taste of spirulina off-putting at all when I first tried it, but many people have a hard time getting used to it. So I thought chocolate would be the best way to mask the taste. Specifically, mint chocolate… because who doesn’t love that?

With some spinach added in for some extra greens, you’ll love this energy boosting mint chocolate spirulina smoothie. I like to drink one of these in the morning, and I do feel more alert and better overall. I’ve been incorporating it regularly into my diet and I love that it feels like I’m eating dessert!

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Energy Boosting Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1 or 2 small servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 12 fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • Optional: 1-2 tsp honey, if you prefer sweeter
  • Optional: Cacao nibs and shredded coconut, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Please all ingredients (except cacao nibs and cinnamon, if using) in a blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with cacao nibs and shredded coconut (optional) and enjoy!

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Paleo Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Peppermint Chocolate Whiskey Truffles (Paleo & Vegan)

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE WHISKEY TRUFFLESYes,  you heard that right. It’s about to happen.

I rarely post boozy recipes (this is actually my first one!), because for anyone on their wellness journey like myself, it’s hard to heal their body and improve their health when alcohol’s in the picture. I think it’s totally fine to imbibe once in a while as a celebration, or once or twice a week for those of us who are already vibrant and in optimal health, but this is so rare in the modern world in which many of us are walking around stressed, nutrient-deficient, and with compromised gut health.

Well, it’s the holidays and I think that calls for a special celebration. I actually made these for a holiday cookie-exchange party, because there’s no way I can trust myself to eat 1 or 2 of these at a time if they are in the house. It’s not my fault though. Chocolate + peppermint = crack. That’s just fact.  

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE WHISKEY TRUFFLES

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE WHISKEY TRUFFLES

If you don’t like peppermint (hey, crazy), you can leave out the peppermint extract. I made 2 batches and left it out for my second one. Still so yummy and chocolate-y. FYI, you can definitely taste the whiskey in these truffles, so you’ll love it if you are a fan of whiskey. It’s perfect for the holidays and it’ll keep your adults guests verrrry happy!

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE WHISKEY TRUFFLESPEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE WHISKEY TRUFFLES

Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Whiskey Truffles
 
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Serves: About 24 truffles
Ingredients
  • 10 oz dark chocolate chips (75% cacao or more)
  • 2 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp whiskey
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder or shredded coconut, for rolling
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler, or a heat-safe bowl nestled on top of a pot of simmering water, let the chocolate chips, coconut milk, and butter (or coconut oil) heat up and melt, stirring until they become a smooth consistency.
  2. Take off heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in whiskey, peppermint extract, and salt, and stir well.
  4. Refrigerate for 2.5-3 hours or more until the mixture hardens.
  5. Dust about 2 tbsps of cocoa powder on to a serving dish or a storage container. This helps the truffles not stick to the plate.
  6. Using a melon baller or a small spoon, scoop out mini balls from the set chocolate-whiskey mixture and shape quickly into balls with your hands.
  7. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder or shredded coconut and shape them. Rolling them in cocoa powder or shredded coconut helps them set better, making them easier to handle.Transfer them on to the plate coated with cocoa powder.
  8. Store in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Theses truffles are best served chilled.
Notes
Leave out the peppermint extract if you aren't a peppermint fan.

Peppermint Chocolate Whiskey Truffles Paleo Dairy Free Vegan