Shamrock Smoothie

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Hmm, who doesn’t love a delicious Shamrock Shake from Mcy D’s? Especially around St. Patty’s day! They’re super delicious, butttttt, there’s one BIG problem. They are TERRIBLE for you. In fact, there’s proof this year stating several reasons why you should skip the “shake” (read it here).

My boyfriend bought a bottle of peppermint oil about 6 months ago, and since then, we’ve only used it about once. So I decided to mix-up a minty-shake one day while I was craving an entire sleeve of Thin Mints (because how can you eat just one?). Turns out, there are quite a few “healthy” alternatives to McDonald’s Shamrock shake, but mine’s a little bit different. Hope you enjoy! Bonus: no hidden ingredients here!

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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup almond milk (I used 1/2 water, 1/2 almond milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 avocado
  • A whole bunch o’ spinach (or kale). I used 1/3 of a bag.
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint oil
  • Generous drizzle of agave nectar, or honey (use as little or as much as you’d like, depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 1 tbs chia seeds!
  • Cup (or more) of ice
  • Optional: Protein powder (I recommend vanilla or plain), dark chocolate on top 🙂

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  • Blend it, duh!
  • Enjoy without the guilt!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

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Upgraded Trader Joes Pumpkin Bars

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I was at Trader Joe’s last week when I saw a box of Pumpkin Bar baking mix. For only $2.99 I thought, what the heck? I took a look at the ingredients and decided I was going to mix things up a bit. Instead of using one (1) stick of butter which is what the recipe called for, I tried 1/4 cup of coconut oil and some water instead. Additionally, I used organic brown eggs and threw in some dark chocolate chips and pecans. Mmm, were they good!

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IMG_9424Ingredients

  • Box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bar baking mix
  • 2 organic brown eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a 8x8x2 baking pan w/ cooking spray (I use olive oil spray).
  3. Remove baking mix bag from box. Empty contents into a mixing bowl.
  4. Crack the eggs and throw them into a separate bowl.
  5. Whisk the melted (or room temperature) coconut oil, water + eggs together.
  6. Slow take wet ingredients and mix them into the bowl with the baking mix. Stir until there are little to no lumps.
  7. Fold in the dark chocolate chips and pecans.
  8. Spread dough into pan, spreading it out evenly.
  9. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out of the bars clean.

I enjoyed my bars warm with a nice big glass of almond milk!

Happy Friday!

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