Smoothies are not always good for you

I was reading through the March 2009 Muscle and Fitness and came across an article of high caloric drinks and was totally disgusted! No wonder we have an obesity crisis in North America because people are lead to believe that these drinks are good for you because they have fruit or protein.

These are the smoothies I found in the magazine in the article called "Cardiac Consumption". Says it all right there.

1. Baskin-Robbins Berry Pomegranate Banana Fruit Smoothie Large:
1,020 calories
1.5 grams of fat
232 grams of sugar

2. Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie Large:
1,170 calories
30 grams of fat
169 grams of sugar

3. Baskin-Robbins York Peppermint Pattie Shake Large:
2,210 calories
103 grams of fat
281 grams of sugar

4. Baskin-Robbins Heath Shake Large:
2,310 calories
108 grams of fat
266 grams of sugar

There are smoothies out there that are low in calories and fat, but this is just an example of what is out there. Don't be afraid to ask about the nutrition content before you order your smoothie. Obviously Baskin-Robbins is also an ice cream factory so they would be higher in calories, but there are some places out there like
Booster Juice that is not as bad for you. Just remember these drinks are still high in sugar, perhaps added sugar.
Just make wise decisions is what I am getting at :)


  1. I definitely agree...even when you go into a gym and order a shake...look at what they are making them with...JUICE (hello sugar), milk (not always skim)...yogurt (more sugar) my suggestion is modify. You can go to Booster Juice and ask for water instead of the juice. The berries and fruit are what sweeten'll be very satisfied!

    Thx Angelique.

  2. I definitely agree! I usually make my own. I use weigh protein, greek yogurt (has like 15-17 grams protien) and fresh fruit. If you come up with a good recipe, write about it and @reply me on twitter! Look forward to it. Thanks for the great info Ang!


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