Shamrock Shakes

Green Shake

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a pretty green milkshake that combines the tastes of lime sherbet and a banana. (If you're not counting calories, add a "shamrock" of four chocolate cookies, too. The mixture of flavors is delicious!) The recipe for this easy-to- make shake comes from Kansas State University Research and Extension's Family Nutrition Program. It makes two 1-cup servings.


1 cup milk
1/2 ripe banana
1 cup lime sherbet


  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Pour milk into blender (or see Helpful Hints below).
  3. Add lime sherbet and peeled, chopped banana.
  4. Blend all ingredients until smooth and then serve.

Per serving

40g carbohydrate; 1g dietary fiber; 5g protein; 1.5g fat (1g saturated); 5mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium; 200 calories.

Helpful hints

"To blend" simply means to mix two or more ingredients. For some recipes, you can blend with a spoon, spatula or electric mixer. If you don't have a blender for this recipe, however, try using a whisk. Or, mash the banana with a fork and then shake up the ingredients in a well-sealed container.

The only way to measure liquids accurately is to use a glass or plastic measuring cup and to bend down so your eye level is even with the cup's side. If you look down as you pour liquid into a measuring cup, your result may appear to be the right amount. But, if you bend over to check, the liquid probably won't line up exactly with the cup's measurement line.

Safety tips

Most milk cartons carry a "sell by" date, indicating the last day the store can keep it on sale. Once you open a current carton at home, however, it still should stay fresh for about five days.

When milk starts to taste sour, throw the rest of the carton away. Sour milk won't make you sick, but it certainly doesn't taste good!

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