Drink Your Green This St. Patty’s Day w/ a Hulk Shake!

Whether it?s Christmas, the 4th of July, or really any holiday in between, our family loves any excuse for “themed” foods. Since I’m admittedly not one to spend tons of time in the kitchen (I mean, c’mon…I’m a mom of 4 with about 6 full time jobs), I MUST find holiday-themed meals that are simple and quick. In true Heidi-fashion (or maybe not!), I’m uber prepared to please the kiddos this St. Patty’s Day. Behold…a healthy green treat that will make their bellies happy and isn?t packed with chemicals! The best part about this shake? The kiddos won’t even realize they are drinking their veggies. And here?s an added bonus…If they carry it around with them today, they won’t get pinched. 😉

Straight from the pages of Extreme Transformation, my St. Patty’s Day gift to you: The Hulk Shake. Bon Appetit!


Hulk Shake
Makes 1 serving


4 ounces fresh orange juice (6 ounces for men)
2 cups power greens (spinach, chard, or kale)
2/3 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
? cup vanilla protein powder (men only)
1 frozen banana
Vanilla stevia drops for sweetness
6-8 ice cubes (or 1 cup)



Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add water if needed to blend.

Nutritional information for this high-carb meal: Women: 270 cals; 1g fat; 49 carbs; 20g protein. Men: 365 cals; 2g fat; 57g carbs; 34g protein

What?s your fave St. Patrick?s Day tradition? Whipping up a fun meal? I?d love to hear about it in the comments below!



For more amazing, easy, and yummy recipes like this, check out our new book, Extreme Transformation, now!


Related Reading:

Crafts with Cash: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

My Little Leprechauns

Carb Cycling: The Extreme Cycle

The Extreme Cycle | Meal Planning Tips

41 Responses

  1. I absolutely love the show!!! I have started my own transformation myself on my own to get myself healthy. I go to the gym and have eliminated bad foods, increased my fruits and veggies and have also quit smoking after 30 years. When starting this journey on February 14, I weighed 298 today I weigh 269 woohoo!!! I am thinking of joining the ewlclub and although I can see what it offers basically on the website. I was wanting to know does it specifically give a meal plan and exercise plan for me?

    1. Hi Beth: Congratulations on losing 29 pounds – that’s awesome! Yes, ewlclub.com does offer a meal plan and exercise program.

  2. Hello, Heidi and Chris.
    I just got your book, “Choose More, Lose More” and it’s awesome! I was just wondering if y’all have any sample meal plans online or anywhere? I am sure I’ll change up but I was just looking for a sample to get started.


    1. Hi Felix: We don’t have sample meal plans for the cycles in “Choose More, Lose More for Life,” but here are some meal ideas for low- and high-carb days (all recipes are from Chris and Heidi’s books: “Choose to Lose” and “Choose More, Lose More for Life”): Low-carb day:
      Breakfast (within 30 minutes of waking): Basic Omelet with a corn tortilla to make it a wrap. Snack (3 hours later): A protein shake with a portion of a healthy fat, like peanut butter, mixed in. Lunch (3 hours later): Tomato Basil and Garlic Chicken with a portion of olive oil drizzled on top. Snack (3 hours later): Sonora Cottage Cheese with a portion of avocado. Dinner: (3 hours later): Lemon Chicken drizzled with salad dressing. High-carb day: Breakfast (within 30 minutes of waking): Denver Omelet with a portion of your favorite fruit or oatmeal on the side. Snack (3 hours later): Greek Yogurt Parfait with a portion of low fat granola. Lunch: (3 hours later): Caribbean Jerk Chicken with a portion of brown rice. Snack (3 hours later): Protein shake with a portion of oatmeal mixed in.
      Dinner (3 hours later): Apple Cider Chicken. And remember, you can have veggies (the non-root/non-starchy type) with every single meal, and you can use any of the foods on Chris and Heidi’s approved foods list – in the proper proportions – to create meals to fit your needs. I hope this helps!

  3. I’m thinking of joining the EWL as I have bought book and will be getting cracking this coming Saturday but before I join, will it give me more than is already in the book?

    1. Hi Sue: Right now, ewlclub.com follows a different cycle than the Extreme Cycle that’s featured in “Extreme Transformation,” so what’s in the book won’t exactly line up with what’s on the website.

    2. ok – thank you for that. I’ll stick to the book then and let you know how I go on. I’ll have to change a few bits up that aren’t here in the UK but I’ll give it my best shot xx

  4. I am WAY GREEN( as in NEW) to this idea. Do they sell powdered spinach etc as listed ingredient above. THANKS

    1. Hi Karen: I’m so sorry for the confusion. The recipe calls for “power” greens, which refers to those greens that are super nutritious and low in calorie (like spinach, kale, and chard), not “powdered” greens. Enjoy!

  5. I see that you say this would be great post workout. I have a question about the order and timing of meals. I’ve been eating right when I wake up because we are suppose to eat within 30 minutes of waking. I head to an hour long aerobics class within 15 minutes of waking so I eat beforehand (which is really hard). After that class it is still almost 2 hours before I can eat again but I’m ravenous. How can I manage this?

    1. Hi Francine: Women don’t use any protein powder when making this recipe, only men do since they need more protein than women. Hope that helps!

  6. Hi!! I am trying to eliminate dairy products – is there anything to replace the yogourt I could put instead? 2 years ago I did your program for 3 months and dairy products did me in… I was losing weight easily (36 lbs in 3 months – which I gained all back unfortunately) but had never been so sick in my entire life – sinusitis after sinusitis, pharyngitis and bronchitis. Thanks for helping me out with this one.

    1. Hi Tammy Lynn: You can substitute any like recipe for any recipes with dairy products if you’d like to. Just make sure the recipes are in the same category – low-carb for low-carb, high-carb for high-carb, etc. Hope that helps!

    1. Great question! Men require more protein than women, so they needed a bit more added to the recipe to reach their recommended amount of protein for this meal.

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