If you think McDonald's and other quick-service chains have their employees putting fresh fruit into a blender behind the counter, here's your reality check. We sifted through the nutrition facts on smoothies at major chains like Jamba Juice and Smoothie King to see which of the drinks are masquerading as a healthy option. McDonald's smoothies are made with a fruit base that contains fruit purees and juice concentrates, as well as tons of sugar and artificial flavorings, plus a "smoothie yogurt" that's made with corn starch and gelatin. A oz.
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Freshens has made a name for itself with its wide variety of popular smoothies. But to get more than just fresh, fruity delight out of your smoothie, consider these tips and suggestions before placing your order. Fitness Magazine recommends keeping it light and simple when choosing a pre-workout smoothie. Mango smoothies are a good option before working out. They help with digestion along with providing essential vitamins to fuel your workout.
Try to avoid smoothies with sherbet because they are higher in calories. For more information, click the link here. Truvia is a zero calorie sweetener that comes from the stevia plant.
Fitness Magazine also recommends smoothies with higher protein and carbs for post-workout smoothies. So before you pick up your protein-packed peanut butter smoothie, check out these recommendations from Wellandgoodnyc. This low-calorie smoothie provides electrolytes from the bananas while the strawberries are full in fiber to keep you feeling full for longer.
The strawberries provide a small amount of protein so you can avoid the extra calories from peanut butter. This is Freshens highest calorie smoothie but after intense cardio, the body needs major replenishment.
TIP: Substitute out the peanut butter for a splash of your iced coffee. This will reduce the calories while the caffeine from your iced coffee will help boost your metabolism. After sweating it out, your body needs to re-hydrate and these smoothies are high in fluid but low in calories.
But what are these mysterious boosters exactly? Xtreme Lean- Combination of caffeine, green tea, vitamin C and grapefruit seed extract. Green Tea- A booster of green tea extract provides the antioxidants found in a cup of green tea.
Green tea is proven to support heart health and boost metabolism. One last thing to keep in mind as you peruse the Freshens menu is choosing either a juice blend or yogurt to use in smoothies.
The juice blend is mainly a juice concentrate including apple and grape juice and the yogurt is dairy-based, a yogurt and milk mix.
So think a little before you step up to the counter and order your usual, what does your body need from a smoothie today? Email address:. Rebecca Duffy , Campus News Editor. Ask Beccy: What happens next. As the crisis has unfolded in the US one thing remains clear: our social safety net is failing us.
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You can see it in the name. But does it live up to its name? Are there any fresh fruits or vegetables actually involved? Are the food items not just full of calories and devoid of nutrients? The answer - well, in my opinion, I think they actually have some pretty good options. Some nutrition aspects I was pleasantly surprised about, and some I was not quite expecting. However, they seem to have nutrition information more readily available than other eating establishments, and all-in-all, I was relatively pleased with the information I found.
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Freshens has made a name for itself with its wide variety of popular smoothies. But to get more than just fresh, fruity delight out of your smoothie, consider these tips and suggestions before placing your order. Fitness Magazine recommends keeping it light and simple when choosing a pre-workout smoothie. Mango smoothies are a good option before working out. They help with digestion along with providing essential vitamins to fuel your workout. Try to avoid smoothies with sherbet because they are higher in calories.