Ok - too preoccupied this week to really catch much for an odds and ends post and after last night I thought to keep this one a little more simple.
So, NO - I am not encouraging everyone to go out and get a smoothie - instead I want to point out that they really are not a "health" drink.
Recently an ingredient used in many smoothies was associated with several cases of typhoid fever - so that should give you pause - as should this:
Whether you choose to get your 16 ounce smoothie from McDonalds, Jamba Juice or Starbucks you will receive similar amounts of calories and sugar. Starbucks did have the least grams of sugar at 41 - whoa - but the most calories at 280. McDonalds was 260 calories and 50 grams of sugar, Jamba Juice was 250 and 52. If you remember from a past post, we are encouraged by the AHA to limit our sugar grams according to certain factors. Men should get no more that 36g a day, women 20g a day and children - who may just LOVE smoothies, 12g a day. As far as calories go, well that's a meals worth for those who eat frequently and as you can see - far too much sugar for anyone.