Eating a large cheeseburger and fries may seem like an obvious no for those avoiding a bulging belly but how about that innocent fruit-filled Jamba Juice? Summer is the perfect time for flavorful fruity concoctions as well as old-favorites (yum! Milkshakes!) but these slurps may sabotage your health. A Starbucks chocolate chip frappucino with whipped crème can spell disaster in the calorie department. This 16 oz. drink has 580 calories. That means it should be a meal or two! Check out some healthy drink alternatives.
For a run-down on the caloric bomb beverages, take a look at some smart and not-so-smart slurping choices. Keep in mind, homemade meals and drinks can often be calorie controlled and are typically your best option. If we don’t list your favorite, check out the restaurants’ online nutritional information to get the skinny.
Jamba Juice’s Medium Orange Dream Machine has 97 grams of sugar and 200 mg of Sodium
Calorie Content: 470
Slice ½ cup of strawberries and add it with ice cubes, half a banana and ½ cup vanilla yogurt to a blender. Blend until smoothie reaches desired consistency.
Calorie Content: Approx 150
For more of the orange taste, add orange slices and subtract any of the other fruits. Or, add some of your other favorites to create the perfect blend.
CHOCOLATE MILK horror:
Hershey’s Cookie ‘n’ Crème Milkshake
Calorie Content: 360
Mix a cup or two of Skim or 1% Milk with 2 Tablespoons Hershey Chocolate Syrup.
Calorie Content: Approx 200-250
Coldstone’s “Like it” Milk and OREO Cookies Shake
Calorie Content: 760
Blend one to two cups of Cookies and Cream ice cream with a splash of milk until desired consistency (add an optional dollop of whipped cream and a cherry on top for a special treat).
Calorie Content: 275-550
Another great trick for a healthier body is cutting back on regular soda and swapping it for water or unsweetened tea. In a month (if you cut out only a single can a day) you’ll lose a pound without changing any other parts of your diet.