I got the inspiration to write this post because of a tweet posted by Susan Irby "The Bikini Chef" on Twitter. Follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/thebikinichef her bio: Radio/Author/Chef/Speaker/Fitness lover, host Bikini Lifestyles on 790 KABC LA, 7-time author including Boost Your Metabolism, Substitute Yourself Skinny.
Susan posted a tweet wondering how much sugar and real fruit the new McCafe frozen strawberry lemonade had, so I decided to post "healthy" drinks that are served to the public which are not healthy at all, and actually fooling most of us thinking that we are drinking something that is good for us, because fruit is after all good for us, right?
Here are a few examples of McCafe smoothies:
McCafe small Strawberry Banana smoothie: 210 calories and 44 grams of sugar
With further research, I found out that the strawberry banana fruit blend is made by blending strawberry and banana fruit puree with water, sugar, and concentrated apple juice a well as several preservatives and thickening agents. This blend is mixed with low fat yogurt and ice.
|McCafe Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie|
McCafe 16oz Strawberry Lemonade smoothie: 270 calories and 67 grams of sugar
This drink is basically a slushy like the ones they serve at your local corner store. With further research on this new product, it is basically a strawberry syrup mixed with a lemon slush and voila! A strawberry lemon slushy just in time for summer! Let's bring on the weight gain for all the little children and unsuspecting parents out there. You might as well stick a straw in a bucket of sugar. Funny thing is people will still say "but this drink is fat free!" I rather eat the fat then drink this smoothie, because all the sugar is going to turn to fat anyways. This drink is nothing but a sugar bomb.
Unless you are getting water, tea or an americano through the drive through, nothing that comes to you through a window is good for you. Make your own smoothie at home and that way you will know what you are drinking.
Here are a couple of smoothie recipes I have tried in the past:
Strawberry Orange Smoothie Recipe
2 cups ripe or frozen strawberries
1/2cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 package stevia to sweeten
Ice cubes if needed
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth, you can add vanilla protein powder if you want extra protein.
Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon of raw cacao
1 package stevia
Blend until smooth, cocoa, coconut and avocado are all on the superfood list so this is a great and healthy treat! Add 1/2 a banana for added thickness or protein powder for extra protein.