Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I used to really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in college. The University of Illinois celebrates an “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day. Some say it’s just an extra day to engage in binge drinking. Others say it is because the Engineering Open House always used fall over St. Patrick’s Day and the students couldn’t “celebrate” properly….if you know what I mean.
Drinking festivities on Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day would start at sun rise and end when everyone had had their fill of green beer. Of course this took place on a Friday, so you can imagine the class attendance and/or debauchery that ensued. But still today, St. Patrick’s Day is only properly recognized with a green beer I’ll wait til after work and my workout for that, though
If you ask Mr. Prevention, St. Patrick’s Day is all about the Shamrock Shake from McDonalds. Our neighborhood is right off a main road that passes right by a McDonalds — there’s no dodging it. For the past month, I’ve had to deal with a pouting, begging passenger, or a side-tracked driver who “needs” a Shamrock Shake.
Admittedly, they’re good…but I wouldn’t be crushed if I never had another one. And quite frankly, I’d take a beer over a Shamrock Shake any day! But for love, and the sake of health, I recreated the Shamrock Shake at home with a few less calories and fat.
Lightened Up Shamrock Shakes
2 cups low-fat vanilla bean ice cream
1 cup fat-free milk
1/4 tsp mint extract
6 drops green food coloring
Blend until smooth and serve. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 240 calories; 7 g. fat; 42 mg. cholesterol; 150 mg. sodium; 36 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 10 g. protein
Result: A very acceptable re-make! Mr. Prevention gives a thumbs up to the taste, portion, and nutrition info! Enjoy!
Yesterday was long. I am exhausted. My first quarter of teaching is over — it was fun, exciting, and I’m sad it’s over! My students were wonderful and I hope next quarter brings with it another fun bunch But I’m not gunna lie, 14-hour days are exhausting. I left the house at 6:50am and walked in the door at 9pm. Poooooped.
Question: Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today??
Love from an Irish RD,