Yes, it's back, the most wonderful time of the year. The Shamrock Shake is making it's appearance at a McDonald's near you. There was a time when it was only available at select locations, but McDonald's announced that it is rolling out the minty shake in all 14,000 restaurants.
I'll readily admit that I don't do fast food, but this is my one exception. I love the Shamrock Shake.
They are changing a bit this year by putting it in a clear plastic cup (apparently they started doing this with all of their shakes), and they're adding whipped cream with a cherry. While I've always known this shake would never be the same nutritional value as my daily protein shake, I always stuck my head in the sand and never looked at the calorie count.
Since I'm really trying to remain healthy this year, I've decided to see how much of this shake I can actually drink without throwing my whole eating plan overboard. There are 540 calories and 16 grams of fat for a small. 840 calories and 24 grams of fat for a large according to the nutritional information on the McDonald's website. Before looking at the actual numbers, I've always convinced myself that because they use reduced fat vanilla ice cream as their base, it couldn't be so bad. Well, I may need to rethink that theory. Maybe a small size, every once in a while...
If you can't locate one yet, go to the "Find the Shake" feature on Shamrockshake.com, and they'll let you know where the closest one is!