Are “Fast Food” Smoothies Worth It?!

I have to admit – I was a big, self-proclaimed Booster Juice advocate. For about six months I would get them almost every morning before work and felt good that I was having something in the morning (I’ve never been a big fan of breakfast) after the gym and it was a bonus that it was seemingly healthy.

Then one day someone at my company made a comment about my bad (and expensive, $9 a day) habit. He commented on how “bad” Booster Juice was for me because it’s “almost pure sugar”. I had never thought about it before! I figured because I was adding protein powder and it was advertised as a “health drink” that there was no way I could go wrong. How naive, huh?

Well, after doing some research (which is really easy now that companies have to advertise nutritional content), I learned that “fast food” smoothie options from restaurants claiming to be for the health conscious, are really not that good for you.

Here, I compared four popular brands of strawberry banana smoothies (of two different sizes). Check ’em out:

 

My biggest issue with these smoothies is the sugar content. Booster Juice came out being the highest in sugar. Yes, I know that fruits have natural sugars, but Booster Juice also uses fruit juices, which could have added sugar, and they use frozen yogurt as well (another ingredient high in sugar). 64g of sugar is a lot in a drink of that size. The amount of sugar you should have every day depends on the person (I’ll do a separate post on this later) but it’s about 25g of sugar. AKA, 2.5 times your daily sugar intake recommendation in that one delicious serving of Booster Juice.

With the average recommended caloric intake of 2,000 – 2,500 calories (for women and men), some of these smoothies can also eat up to almost a quarter of your calories for the day.

There are lots of healthy smoothie options that you can make at home that are definitely better than the “fast food option”. My recommendation is using real, fresh or frozen fruit, unsweetened almond milk, and protein – cut out as much unnecessary sugar as possible to keep it healthy.

*Note: I am not a nutritionist. Everything I speak to I researched on the internet at the various company websites and here and here 

 

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