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
¼ 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


  1. Andrea - May 15, 2016

    Can we mix the greens use kale, spinach and collard greens together?

    • Team Powell - May 16, 2016

      Hi Andrea: Yes, if you’d like to mix the greens to make up the 2 cups total of greens, go for it!

  2. Lori - May 4, 2016

    Hi Heidi I am having a hard time getting bod e shake mix any other suggestions on your next favorite kind?

    • Team Powell - May 4, 2016

      Hi Lori: Chris and Heidi recommend low-fat, whey-based powders with between 15-20 grams of protein and less than 5 grams of carbs per serving, and this can serve as the protein portion of any meal. Hope that helps!

  3. Sarah - April 7, 2016

    Would this be a possiblebreakfast item on the turbo plan?

    • Team Powell - April 8, 2016

      Hi Sarah: Yes! This could totally be a breakfast on the Turbo Cycle! Enjoy!

  4. Melissa - April 3, 2016

    This is the first green smoothie ove tried that I like. Actually, I LOVE it. Can’t taste the greens at all! New favorite breakfast! Thanks!!!

    • Kristin Reeves - April 22, 2016

      Hello Melissa,
      Do you put the protein powder in your shake? since it says men only.

    • Team Powell - April 22, 2016

      Hi Kristin: Women don’t add protein powder to this shake, only men since they require more protein than women. Enjoy!

  5. Debbie - April 2, 2016

    Can a week’s worth be made at the same time and keep in the refrigerator until used?

    • Team Powell - April 2, 2016

      Hi Debbie: You could try it, but the banana and avocado might turn brown. You might not want to keep a whole week’s worth, maybe just 2-3 days’ worth, and you’d want to re-blend it also each time before drinking.

  6. Wendy - April 1, 2016

    Hi there! I just bought Extreme Transformation and I have a question on what could be a good substitute for bananas. They seem to be a staple in shakes and smoothies everywhere. I have a sensitivity to them. Same with avocado, although the avocado symptoms aren’t quite as bad as banana. Ideas?

    • Team Powell - April 2, 2016

      Hi Wendy: In most recipes, you can substitute other fruits for the bananas.

  7. Nickee - April 1, 2016

    Hi folks I have a question, I am lactose intolerant and I see the recipe calls for Greek yogurt. Any type of yogurt affects my stomach and the lactaid pills don’t work. Any suggestions? I usually do my greens drink with coconut water, pineapple, strawberries and spinach. While it tastes wonderful I am always looking for something different.

    • Team Powell - April 1, 2016

      Hi Nickee: You can try using a protein powder in place of the Greek yogurt, and hopefully that will work for you!

    • Annie - April 1, 2016

      Almond milk

  8. Georgia - April 1, 2016

    This shake is great! Definitely doesn’t have the usual greens taste, hahaha!
    It’s such a refreshing drink,
    Thankyou for the recipe!

  9. Michelle - April 1, 2016

    Hi Chris, would like to know if you can help me lose weight, really need help, tired of being over weight ALL MY LIFE!! Please help me.

    • Team Powell - April 1, 2016

      Hi Michelle: Chris and Heidi truly wish they could personally help everyone, but since that’s not possible, they’ve made all their transformation tools available for everyone to use to achieve their goals! You can learn about their carb cycling program in this post: https://heidipowell.net/9060. And be sure and follow all the links within the post too. Make that first promise to yourself, choose a cycle, and you’re on your way! You can do this!

  10. Beth - April 1, 2016

    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?

    • Team Powell - April 1, 2016

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

  11. Felix - March 27, 2016

    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.


    • Team Powell - March 28, 2016

      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!

  12. sue - March 23, 2016

    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?

    • Team Powell - March 23, 2016

      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.

    • sue - March 23, 2016

      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

  13. Karen Dys - March 18, 2016

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

    • Team Powell - March 18, 2016

      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!

  14. Lacey - March 18, 2016

    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?

  15. Taylor - March 18, 2016

    can you taste the greens in the smoothie? I am not a greens fan but want the nutrition.

  16. Francine - March 17, 2016

    How much protein powder for women?

    • Team Powell - March 18, 2016

      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!

  17. Tammy Lynn - March 17, 2016

    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.

    • Team Powell - March 18, 2016

      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!

  18. Jen - March 17, 2016

    Quick question
    Why men only for the protein??

    • Team Powell - March 17, 2016

      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.

  19. MacKenzie - March 17, 2016

    Just had this for meal 2 today…so insanely good! It tasted like a creamsicle smoothie, I’m bummed I didn’t make it sooner.

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