Testimonies of the Day

HAQ Client Testimonial: “Hi Maria 🙂  I have to tell you that after about a week on some of the supplements, I feel like a totally new person. I can’t thank you enough! I have only been taking a subset of the supplements, but I already feel so much better.  I have been off gluten (and high fat/low carb) for a long while, so I assume that gluten is not the main reason behind the anxiety. I do believe what you recommend helped significantly – in my mood, and just overall calmness. And I do believe that my sleep has finally gotten a little better. I’m really optimistic! Jenny

30 Day Accelerated Client: “Good morning, I just wanted to share with you, today is day 13 of your advanced healing plan.  Yesterday and today I have woken up feeling like a new person.  I am only 34 but have felt much older for the past few years (and now that I feel this good think it has been most of my life).  My GI issues that have gone on for 2.5 years are slightly improved but the main changes surround my attitude, energy, and skin.  The past 2 mornings I have woken up in such a positive mood I have been excited to exercise and to have a good day.  I have had so much energy I almost feel like Tigger!  Almost, ha ha!  

My skin has also clearing up, which is something I have battled since my teen years.  I have lost about 7 pounds but the most exciting part is how I feel.  When I woke up yesterday I felt astonished at how miserable I have felt for many years.  I have always been someone who needed 12 hours of sleep but when I started having kids 8 years ago, that really took a toll on me to the point that after reading your information, I am pretty sure I have burnt my adrenal system out and compounded the issues with poor food choices that enhanced inflammation.  

I suffered weight gain and depression along with anxiety.  I would just feel unhappy and spent more energy than I had to get through the day.  It is such a cycle and for the first time in my life I feel like I have some control over it.  I no longer feel trapped in my dysfunctional body!!  Thank you!  I want to sing your praises.  You have answered my few emails with straightforward and caring replies.  You have a personal touch which sets you apart.  I have already sent my integrative doctor a message because I know he will want to know more about your plans.  Have a great weekend, I know I will!” – Llisa

PHOTO TESTIMONY: “My flexibility may have improved through yoga BUT I would never have felt healthy enough to try yoga, or lost weight, or felt happy in my own body if it weren’t for Maria. It’s through her explanation of not just what a ketogenic diet is, but how to become keto-adapted that turned my life around. That and her INCREDIBLE recipes that not only do I love, but my whole family loves! And there is little in this world that is more rewarding, than knowing you are feeding your family something wonderful. Thank you again Maria, to you and your family, from me and mine!”

If you want to get started on a path to health and healing, click HERE. You will not regret it!

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FAMILY HERB GARDEN

One fun family project to do is to grow a small herb garden in the house. Most people think you must eat fruits and veggies to get all your nutrients in for the day, but a hidden food that has A TON of nutrients are herbs! Spices are also a product that should be bought organic since you eat the leaves that are sprayed with chemicals. One way to save money is to keep one of these cute plants in the kitchen!

The chemical compound menthol comes from the oil found in mint. Menthol has many healing properties for our body:

1. STOMACH PAIN: Relieves symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome by relaxing the muscles in and around the intestine.

2. CANCER: It is an antioxidant that kills free radicals, therefore protects the body against the formation of cancerous cells.

3. ASTHMA: Eases and unblock the breathing and respiratory passages and airways.

3. CANDIDA: Kills many different types of bacteria and fungus.

4. ANXIETY: Act as a mild sedative and has calming properties.

5. COLD/FLU/COUGH/SINUS PRESSURE: Relieves the symptoms of colds and flu. It can relieve congestion, head colds and headaches.

6. ALLERGIES: Mint can help with nasal allergies by relaxing vessels.

7. PAIN (MUSCLES and BURNS): Provides a cooling sensation to the skin and can help to treat minor burns, itching and skin irritations. It is often the smell added to topical pain relievers because it relieves minor pains such as muscle cramps and sprains.

8. SKIN and ACNE: is an awesome skin cleanser and a healthy way to combat acne. Click HERE to find the natural cleansing pads with mint oils.

9. ORAL HEALTH: Kills bad breath.

 

shamrock shake

NOTE: This can be dairy free by using Jay Robb egg white protein and KITE HILL dairy free cream cheese OR coconut cream.

“HEALTHIFIED” SHAMROCK SHAKE
1/2 cup avocado
shamrock shake3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or full fat coconut milk)
1/4 cup Jay Robb vanilla protein powder (egg white or whey)
2 TBS cream cheese OR KITE HILL dairy free cream cheese, softened
1 cup crushed ice
4 TBS erythritol (or Swerve)
1 tsp stevia glycerite (omit if using Swerve)
1/4 tsp mint extract or about 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt (for minerals)

OPTION: use a different extract to switch up flavors! We loved Mango! 

OPTIONAL HEALTHY ADDITIONS:
1 TBS aloe vera (to heal the gut)
1 TBS l-glutamine powder (safe for all ages, it is found in baby formula)
1 TBS grass-fed gelatin

Place all ingredients in a blender (I use this BlendTec which is on sale now for $100 off!). Puree until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses. Makes 2 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per 16 ounce serving)
McDonald’s Shake = 680 calories, 20g fat, 14g protein, 111g carbs, 0 fiber
“Healthified” Shake (coconut milk) = 355 calories, 31g fat, 15 g protein, 8g carbs, 4.4g fiber (79% fat, 16% protein, 9% carbs)
“Healthified” Shake (almond milk) = 146 calories, 10g fat, 12g protein, 4.9 carbs, 2.8g fiber (61% fat, 32% protein, 13% carbs)

VARIATION: Use Strawberry Jay Robb protein powder, omit the mint and add strawberry extract. For the pink color, I added a tsp of natural food coloring. Click HERE to find. 

HELPFUL TIP: Adding citric acid (like lime juice) helps mask bitter flavors in foods.

shamrock shake

For Micah’s 3rd birthday party, I made Push Pops for everyone to enjoy!

Click HERE to find the molds on sale!

shamrock shake

shamrock shake

 

I get a lot of questions on what to replace for cream cheese. Coconut cream is an amazing product that is smooth and tastes great! If you have a dairy sensitivity or allergy, you can still enjoy this shake. Coconut cream also tastes great spread on “healthified” bagels! I have seen it in grocery stores, but it was very expensive. One trick I do is I buy a lot of things online. This way I save money and TIME! It comes right to my door and I don’t have to drag my boys to stores, looking for the best deals…we would rather play outside! Click HERE to find coconut cream for a great price. 

 

 

shamrock shake

128 Comments

  • Kapu says:

    do you think half and half or the so delicious coconut milk (50 cal unsweetened) would work instead of the almond milk? looks yummy and we love avocados.

    • That should work. Enjoy! 🙂

      • Cheri says:

        Hi there. I know this is an older post, but would using raw whole milk and collagen protein in place of why work? Thanks!

        • cemmerich says:

          I don’t think the texture would be the same. Whey protein is a powder not a liquid. So you would have to adjust accordingly. 😉

    • Kapu says:

      the coconut milk worked perfect. do you think it would work with oranges? like a creamsicle?

    • Yes! We have made several versions like banana and strawberry (using organic extract) and it works great. 🙂

    • Rae says:

      I just made this for the first time this morning. I used organic orange extract. This is absolutely fabulous! What a great way to start the day with something so delicious. Thank you Maria!!!

  • Wow, I love the low carb on this one!
    Thank you for sharing this, it sounds delicious.

  • Vanette says:

    You are so creative! Thank you for sharing another great looking recipe. 🙂

  • Dana Seilhan says:

    I have some kind of dairy sensitivity, haven’t zeroed in on it yet but I’m suspecting casein. So whey protein is probably OK, but what if I find out I can’t do whey protein? What do you suggest as a substitute? I’m really iffy about egg protein–it’s all egg white.

  • Anonymous says:

    What is your take on oat flour? I have seen it used in a gluten free low carb bake mix because it has a lower glycemic load (?)…

  • crisscrossin says:

    I have a truvia question. It came up as having lots of carbs with 0 calories when I plugged it into a recipe calculator. It made the 16oz serving have 33 carbs (48 total for the recipe from the truvia). Is the recipe calculator wrong? How did you come up with so few? Even the avocado came up at 9 total so my per serving without the Truvia would be 8.5 & 5 for fiber.

    Am I misunderstanding something? Is the Truvia not a good choice?

    Thanks!
    Karen

  • susiet says:

    Wow this looks so awesome!!

  • Jenni says:

    Hi Maria, what about hemp protein?

  • Jenni says:

    Ok thanks! Maria, I recently discovered I have an egg intolerance, which is a huge bummer because i LOVE baking with coconut flour and almond flour and am a big fan of your recipes… I have been trying to substitute flaxseeds for eggs but for some reason it isn’t working at all! My baked goods don’t rise and seem to always fall apart, will not stay together for the life of me… They also don’t seem to cook all the way through :S even if I leave me in the oven super long… Have you had clients with egg allergies experience the same problems? Do you have any advice or experience I this area? Thanks so much for all your help and support! You’re a rock star 🙂

  • I’m sorry, the clients with egg allergies, I lead them to these recipes: http://mariahealth.blogspot.com/search/label/egg%20free

    Hope that helps!

  • Anonymous says:

    Quick question – how much of the avacado flavor comes through? I love those mint shakes but not the junk in them.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Marie. I love your recipes! I am surprised that you are using strawberry extract. Aren’t you concerned about the propylene glycol in the extract? Or have you found some that is propylene glycol free?

  • Amy says:

    Enjoy your first Mother’s Day Maria. Thanks for making us all better Mothers!

  • Leah says:

    This shake was so amazingly good, can’t wait to try it with other flavorings!! Maria you are amazing!!!

  • Jen says:

    I just tried this shake for the first time today, and it is DELICIOUS! Honestly, way better than any shamrock shake I have ever had. I substituted greek yogurt for the cream cheese and think it turned out wonderfully. Thanks for the awesome recipe. I can’t wait to share it with my kids!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hello 🙂 I am really enjoying your blog. I am in shock at the all the hoorible foods my family and I have been consuming. In another blog you wrote about oils like canola, vegetable, soybean, ect. are bad for you. I am wondering if this means just cooking with them are bad or in any product you buy. Everything has these oils and all may has soybean oil as main ingredient is that bad as well? Thanks so much!

    • Yes, sorry. As an example, here is a video showing how canola oil is made. Yuck! There are products out there without it, you just have to be a detective with the ingredients. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omjWmLG0EAs

    • Dana Seilhan says:

      Seed oils are terrible for you.

      1. First off, as Maria said, the manufacturing techniques leave something to be desired.

      2. Second off, too much polyunsaturated fat causes inflammation, especially the omega-6. You do need a little omega-6 and a little omega-3 but you can get the amount you need in animal fats, which are a mixture of several fatty-acid types.

      3. Third off, PUFAs are unstable. Those lovely golden seed oils in the clear plastic bottles on the grocery-store shelves are likely rancid as all get-out.

      3a. Rancid oils not only cause problems in and of themselves, they also destroy fat-soluble vitamins, of which we are already not getting enough of the preformed type in our bodies through the erroneous belief that they are “dangerous.” (Each by itself, maybe, if it’s way out of balance with other nutrients, but NOT when consumed together, as they are typically found in animal foods.) But when we’re not getting enough *coupled with* destroying what we do get with seed oils, we wind up with a big mess on our hands, nutritionally speaking.

      Tropical oils are fine because they’re mostly saturated and hence very stable–that is, coconut and palm oils.

      Olive oil is okay because monounsaturated oils are far more stable than PUFAs but don’t make it the only fat you eat and don’t purchase it in clear bottles.

      Animal fats are by far the best, most stable and most nutritious because typically they contain vitamins as well. If you can afford to get sustainably raised animal fats then that is your best bet. The fewer additives the better. (I.e., avoid hydrogenated lard. It will say it is on the label.)

  • Karyn says:

    Hee! That was fun. I’ve been dying to make these for my kids! Finally found avocado on sale today, and they are having an after dinner treat! My 7 year old has claimed it “gooey” but they are both slurping them up! (I snuck a kale leaf from the garden in there….I don’t suppose that has much to do with the “gooey” factor though!). Thanks for another winner!

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria the brand you have listed above does it have that chemical the person has above listed in it? Also, do you have some sort of color dye in it cause it changes color for you but not me….

  • JanC says:

    Maria, my 18 year old Type 1 diabetic daughter is on a special alkaline diet that is helping her to reduce her insulin need. Do you know if Swerve and/or erythritol are alkaline or acidic? This looks like such a wonderful recipe that I’d like for her to try.
    Thanks!
    Jan

  • Bobbi Kenow says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! We made this “Shamrock Shake” tonight…I even threw in a few of my homemade chocolate chips. It was DELICIOUS! It tasted so much like mint chip ice-cream. Thank you so much for sharing this 🙂

  • Chuck says:

    I love adding avocado to shakes! Great in a chocolate shake!

  • Anonymous says:

    This shake is phenomenal! I made it today to use up an avocado I had hanging around – oh my goodness — I am going to make a huge batch and put some in the freezer. Absolutely delicious!
    Michelle

  • Kapu says:

    what button do you use on your blendtec to make this smoothie and why dont you recommend truvia anymore? i live on that stuff. what are your thoughts? 🙂

  • Melinda Donovan says:

    SO, SO GOOD!!! I made the strawberry whey protein one with cherry extract….Oh. My. Goodness. What a treat! Kids loved it…Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You are a blessing!

  • d.o.wife says:

    Made these last night. Fantastic!!! We made mint and orange and everyone loved them!

  • Reegz says:

    I am super excited to try this! I need the mint extract and I’m ready! Looks refreshingly delightful. Becca told me about it so I looked it up and voila! YUMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, looking forward to the healthified egg nog!!!!!!!!! MY FAVORITE DRINK EVER!

  • Samantha says:

    Hi Maria! Im moving into a new home in december.. will start my herb garden promptly! I saw the coconut manna on sale for $9 at our health food store the other day.. I wanted to compare with your link but there is nothing there?

    Yesterday I made a coconut chicken curry with coconut oil and milk and kefir yogurt. I wanted it very coconutty and sweet but couldnt quite get the effect. Ideas? Thanks and Love!

  • KathiW says:

    I can’t find the stevia glycerite in my neck of the woods. What I have on hand is SteviaClear by Sweet Leaf called Sweet Drops and it’s all natural. Is this the same thing as the stevia glycerite?

  • Trisha says:

    A hit for my preschoolers tonight !! They really like chocolate mint too, so I used mint extract and Dynamic Chocolate Greens (supplement I get at Lifetime) and the only bad part is that I barely got to taste it. Note to self: make larger quantity next time.

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh my gosh. Just made this and it is amazing. Since it makes two servings, I’m wondering if it can be refrigerated for later (and still retain its texture) or frozen? Have you ever tried it? I just discovered your site and your books and I’m in heaven. You are truly a godsend for a gluten-free sugar-free gal! Thank you so much. -Cassie

  • spaceranger says:

    Holy moly. I made this tonight (the mint version) and it was so so so good. Both the texture and the flavor were fabulous. My two year old daughter was very impressed too. She kept saying “mo ice ceam, pease”–whipping out her best possible manners to ensure access to more bites of this tasty goodness. And I felt very good about feeding her as much as she wanted. 🙂 Thanks so much! I’m excited to make other flavors too!

  • France says:

    Just had this for breakfast for the very first time! It’s AMAZING! I absolutely loved it (even used less sweetener than suggested). Very hard to stop after the first half of the recipe (1 portion). Freezing the rest for a quick snack when I’m peckish! Wonderful recipe Maria!!!
    btw, I just found out you can freeze avocados, they are so cheap when they are cheap and so expensive the rest of the time! I’ve tried some yesterday, I’ll let you know how it goes.
    Every day I am thankful I crossed your path!!

  • Angel says:

    What are your thoughts on using spinach? I use it all the time to make my sons favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream. I am going to try the avocado, though I don’t eat them bc of the taste, bc I think they would add some great nutrition.

    • You could add spinach to this recipe if you like. I think it would work. As for the avocado, I also don’t like them much but I love this shake! You will be surprised. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    This by far blows away the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. I feel GOOD after I drink this, and not all bloated and icky after. Amazing!

  • Eric says:

    So for a chocolate version use chocolate whey protein and cocoa powder?

  • Diana says:

    Shamrock Shake – it is DELICIOUS!!! I added a bit of freshly squeezed lime juice and it tastes just like a Mojito shake (sans alcohol). Next time, I will add a little less Swerve. Thank you Maria!

  • Rachel says:

    Years ago….I remember a little part of a commercial …I think it was for Alka seltzer…when some guy moans….”I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!” Anyone? Well..laughing to myself that’s exactly what I was brought back to after reading someones post about putting half away. Of course bc I just finished this delicious shake in a chocolate version. Didn’t even share it with my daughter who told me…”wow that’s really good..like really good; it doesn’t taste good for you.” Thanks Maria!

  • Darcie says:

    Could this shake be used as a substitute for a meal on the pure fat/protein days?

  • Darcie says:

    Thanks Maria…I did read that somewhere on here, about the leptin…thanks again!

  • Anonymous says:

    I made this delicious shake for breakfast this morning. It is a wonderful treat! I love your recipes.

  • Sheri says:

    This shake was so delicious!!!! The only thing I would add to it is tongue extensions so you can lick out the bottom of the glass. I wanted every drop of it!!! LOL. I didn’t have mint extract on hand so I just put a few drops of peppermint essential oils. PERFECTION!! You are a genius Maria. I love, love , love all of your recipes. Thanks for your passionate curiosity and time you put into discovering and experimenting for all of us. You inspire me!

  • Kristi says:

    I have 6 teenagers and a 9 year old at my house and they always come check to see what I am making when they hear the blender going. I always have to double or triple it. The other day, we were at the grocery store and they had a rolling rack with reduced produce and a whole shelf was avocados!!! They were 3 in a bag for $1.75! I grabbed all of them! This older lady thought I was nuts buying 21 avocados! LOL!!! I took them home and scraped them into baggies and popped them in the freezer. Every time the kids have friends over, they all ask for these Shamrock shakes.

  • Liz says:

    I started the meal plans about three days ago and I love it! My only problem is that I use the egg white protein powder and even though it tastes great, about 20 minutes later I have some nausea and a horrible taste in my mouth! I am wanting to try the Whey Powder instead but sometimes dairy can constipate me so I’m nervous. Is it common to get nausea or “eggy” after taste?

    • cemmerich says:

      Thanks! It shouldn’t be. I haven’t heard of that before. Are you using Jay Robb? I try to have clients stay away from diary for the first month or so so that is why no whey right now. 🙂

      • Liz says:

        I am using the Jay Robb unflavored egg white powder but I was a vegetarian with no eggs for about 2 years. I just recently started introducing them about a month ago. Maybe that is the issue? Also, it’s my first time using Swerve. Hopefully that isn’t it because I love the stuff!!!

  • Valerie Pergolizzi says:

    Okay, so this is spectacular! I did decrease the Stevia Glycerite to 1/2 t. and used Organic Orange extract. It tastes like a thick, creamy “Cream-sickle” (sp?)!! I loved those as a child!! Since it makes two servings, I froze the second half to see if it will work as a “gelato”!

  • JenGron says:

    I made this for my 7 year old son the other day, and he said “whoever came up with this recipe is a genius!” Love it!

  • Emma says:

    Ohhh yes, this has inspired me to make FRESH mint ice cream.

    I had fresh mint from my garden, put in about 10 big leaves, 2 T swerve, and 1/2 tsp vanilla stevia with the other ingredients. So refreshing! Taking it on a hike with me tonight.

    Thanks for this easy meal-0n-the-go!!

  • Judy says:

    I left out the mint and just made this with vanilla extract. It is soooo good! I can’t wait to make it again. Thanks, Maria and Craig, for all your help, information and sharing such great recipes.

  • Jillian says:

    I was so excited to make these….ate it all before I realized I forgot the cream cheese! Still was delish!

  • Carrie says:

    I am in love with this & have had it for breakfast the last few weeks. I add 1 tbs of spirolina powder too, which makes it a funky blue green.

  • Carlie says:

    I just made this (vegan-did not use the protein powder) for myself and my vegan husband, and it blew my mind! I am trying to stay away from alcohol, so thank you for adding the oomph to my St. Patrick’s Day! I have bought a few of your books, and this is always my first stop for keto-fied recipes. 😀

  • Judy says:

    Can I used Great Lakes gelatin instead of the protein powder? If so, how much gelatin should I use? I have both the red and green can. I know the red can makes things gel, but I was thinking the green can would work since I don’t need the shake to gel.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      I’m not sure it would provide the same texture. You can try omitting the protein powder. If it isn’t thick enough for your taste, add a tablespoon or so of gelatin (red) and see if that helps. 🙂

  • Cynthia says:

    Hey Meria (or Craig 🙂
    I would assume you would already know this- but making coconut cream at home is relatively easy (and I may be crazy, but I feel like it tastes better- maybe it’s just incorporated better when it’s fresh.)

    http://wellnessmama.com/3112/coconut-cream/

    I personally don’t really add any coconut oil- with a vitamix it doesn’t really need it as much I think.

    Anyhow, thanks always for your wonderful spirit & compassion!

  • Lori says:

    Oh Maria – I’m so happy I found you. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get going on your program. But step-by-step, I’m making progress forward. I cannot believe how delicious this shake is! It’s fabulous! I cannot wait to make it for my grand kids – I know they will love it! I wish I didn’t have to work so I could focus on shopping for and making your recipes. I’m using recipes from your site, also from my Gold membership on keto-adapted.com and from the cookbook you did with Jimmy Moore. Cannot wait to receive your new cookbook Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking when it’s released on 3/15. I’m so excited to learn how to live like you and your family do. You are inspirational!

  • Kelly says:

    So yummy! Used organic coconut milk. So rich and creamy.

  • Wren Tidwell says:

    Yum! I had homegrown mint leaves. I didn’t have any cream cheese, so I used grass-fed plain yogurt. Also added a few blueberries and l-glutamine. Just used water. No milk. I like the Dr. Kellyann vanilla bone-broth protein powder. Since that is so sweet, I only added 1 TB of Swerve. No Stevia. Just perfect!

  • angela says:

    Can this be made and then poured into popsicle molds for popsicles? Wasn’t sure how well it would freeze or change consistency or separate? I love it as a shake and trying to get my extremely picky 3 year old to get more healthy foods in her. She is a little strange–she won’t even try a smoothie but a popsicle-yes so that was why I was asking about this recipe being converted to a popsicle. Thanks!

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