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Healthy Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Healthy Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Most people drink copious amounts of alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day. What do I do? Use the holiday as an excuse to make my meals green!

#foodieproblems

Below you’ll find a roundup of healthy green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. Feel free to try one of these easy meals before you go out and pretend you’re Irish Monday night. Click on each title to find the recipe within the original post.

Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie 

Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal

Chocolate Protein Pancakes (Gluten- and Grain-Free; No Added Sugars)

Chocolate Protein Pancakes from Hungry Gator Gal

Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes

Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes from Hungry Gator Gal

These pancakes look terrible, but I promise they taste like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie.

Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes from Hungry Gator Gal

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats (gone green!)

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats (gone green!) from Hungry Gator Gal

Green Eggs and Oats 

Green Eggs and Oats from Hungry Gator Gal

Made with granny smith apple chunks, honey, cinnamon and heaven in a jarPeanut Butter & Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl (affiliate link!).

Questions:

  1. Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day recipes?
  2. Are you Irish?

Smoothie Week: Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie

Smoothie Week: Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie

Say hello to recipe No. 3 of Smoothie Week on HGG – the Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie!

(P.S. Be sure to check out smoothie recipes No. 1 and No. 2 from this week if you haven’t done so already.)

I know. St. Patrick’s Day was in March, so I kind of missed the boat on the whole “Shamrock Shake” celebration. Let’s just say I had a serious case of tunnel vision. Only copycat Girl Scout cookie recipes made it through my blinders that month.

Even though it’s June, I simply couldn’t resist making a healthier, creamier version of McDonald’s seasonal favorite. Better late than never, right?

If you’re a vanilla fan, this smoothie will be your new favorite drink. If you’re a chocolate fanatic, this copycat milkshake sans cocoa powder might surprise you with its deliciousness. I slurp at least two Healthy Thin Mint Smoothies per week, but this creation is the perfect fix for when you crave peppermint but don’t want chocolate.

Not to mention, spinach finally gets its moment in the spotlight. You can’t have a copycat shamrock shake without the signature green color! However, unlike the original, this coloring is natural.  

Winning.

Healthy Vanilla Shamrock Smoothie

Serves One

 

Total Preparation Time: Two minutes . . max

 

Difficulty: Easy


Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized frozen banana (Fresh works too, but frozen makes the smoothie thicker.)
  • 1/2 of a small avocado or 1/4 of a large avocado (This ingredient is the key to creamy smoothies!)
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used Chobani non-fat vanilla.)
  • One teaspoon vanilla
  • One to two drops pure peppermint extract (Don’t use more than two! The flavor is incredibly strong.)
  • One huge handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 scoop Pure Protein vanilla cream whey protein powder (Half a scoop of this brand is 75 calories; if you’re using a different brand, feel free to use more or less powder.)
  • Handful of ice 

Steps:

  1. Add the spinach, milk, yogurt, vanilla, peppermint, and whey protein to a blender. Blend for 20 seconds. I find it’s best to stop and “pulse” every few seconds.
  2. Add the banana, avocado and ice to the blender and blend until all ingredients are well-combined. The amount of time this takes depends of the quality and type of blender you own. I have a bullet blender, so it normally takes about 10 to 15 seconds of pulsing to ensure no spinach leaves and ice chunks remain.
  3. Your smoothie should be pretty thick at this point. Add more milk to make the smoothie thinner, if desired.
  4. Sip through a straw, eat with a spoon, or add to a travel mug and enjoy on your way to work or school.  

Questions:

  1. Are you a die-hard chocoholic or a very vanilla fan?
  2. Have you ever tasted McDonald’s Shamrock Shake?

Related HGG Posts:

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie

Healthy Thin Mint Smoothie

Tropical Mango Avocado Smoothie

Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes

Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes

To be honest, I didn’t feel like meal planning this week, especially since I’m trying to scrape by with the food I already have. I’m outta here for some spring break relaxation starting Friday!

However, I didn’t want to leave you high and dry this week, so I cooked up an extra special breakfast to share in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Girl Scout cookie season.

Hint: I’m sure you guessed from the title, but pancakes, chocolate and the color green are involved.

Watch the magic happen . . .

Greek yogurt pancake batter

The plain batter mixed with “special” wet ingredients

 One pancake in the pan with chocolate chips

Dessert for breakfast!

Yes,  I am aware these pancakes are just about the ugliest flapjacks in the world. However, they taste pretty darn close to a Thin Mint cookie and they’re much healthier, so I suggest you ignore their less-than-photogenic appearance.

Who knew vegetables at breakfast could be so delicious?

Healthy Thin Mint Pancakes

 

 

I cut Julie’s recipe for Greek yogurt pancakes in half and made a few modifications to make these mean and green proteinpacked hotcakes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. Greek yogurt (I used Voskos Honey Greek yogurt)
  • 7 tbsp. white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
  • One cup fresh spinach

Steps:

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle to medium heat.
  2. Scoop the Greek yogurt into a medium-sized bowl. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Stir together very gently. Stop just before the ingredients are completely combined. Set aside.
  3. Pulse the spinach, egg, vanilla and peppermint in a blender until no leaves remain.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir gently. Do not over mix.
  5. Place 1/4 cup of the batter in the skillet or on the griddle.
  6. Add a few chocolate chips to the pancake.
  7. Cook for about a minute and a half. Then, flip and cook for another minute or so.
  8. Repeat until the batter is gone.
  9. Eat!

Related HGG Posts:

Weekend Breakfast: Cottage Cheese Pancakes

 

The Best Pancakes of My Life

 

Weekend Breakfast: Whole-Wheat Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes 

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Of Possible Interest:

Homemade Samoas Girl Scout Cookies via Just a Taste

Eat Healthy: Homemade Thin Mints via Handle the Heat

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs via Baking Bites

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie? (Mine is definitely Thin Mint! My mom always put them in the freezer, and I can’t eat them any other way.)
  2. Do you “hide your vegetables”?