By Karen Gaudette Brewer

It's minty. It's creamy. It's an American rite of spring. We're talking about the irresistible Shamrock Shake that doubles as a St. Patrick's Day sugar rush. You can get all that minty, creamy refreshment at home — and knock off some calories — with these three frosty ways to partake, from healthy to indulgent.

Healthy: Green Power Mojito Smoothie | 94 calories

Fresh spinach and mint combine with citrus for a vibrant kickstart to your day. See how to make it.

Moderately Decadent: Filipino Avocado Milkshake | 336 calories

This creamy, refreshing treat is rich with ice cream, avocado, and citrus juice. Add mint leaves to the blender for an extra flavor lift..

Photo by Tammy Lynn

Straight-Up Dessert: Shamrock Shakes | 412 calories

Just like you remember, only with several dozen fewer ingredients and calories.

#FunFact: Did you know McDonald's launched the Shamrock Shake in 1970? Read more Shamrock Shake history here.


Find more Irish and Irish-American recipes in our St. Patrick's Day collection.


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