calorie-bomb smoothies

the truth? they don't drink those things every day AND stay that slim.

the truth? they don't drink those things every day AND stay that slim.

 I'm often asked, "What are you?" Now, there are plenty of interesting (and hilarious) ways to answer such an open-ended question, but the general context of this question usually infers that the asker is wondering,

"What sort of diet 'camp' do you fall into?"

The truth is, I don't have an answer to this question. I make no attempt to hide my preference for a largely grain-free existence - starches, grains and sugars have always bothered my stomach and affected my absorption of vitamins and

minerals. I don't eat sweets very often, although I have been known to inhale potato chips at a speed not unlike that of a champion pie-eater. I have never been a milk-drinker, though I do enjoy cottage cheese and natural yogurt. Having just said all this, I should admit that I consumed, within the past half-hour, a Starbucks spinach-&-feta wrap. Grains: check. Dairy: check. Processed: check. Best option given what I could find at Starbucks? Check.

So, you see, it's all about balance. I am not Paleo, I am not gluten-free, I am (definitely) not vegan. I don't buy ALL organic. I don't sprout my own mung beans. I try to eat well, and I listen to my body for feedback.

Sometimes, when solid food is not available, I have been known to whip up a protein shake. But you won't find me at the local smoothie shop. I don't TRUST those people. If it smells like a milkshake, tastes like a milkshake, and looks like a milkshake - it's a milkshake. Also, I don't like paying $8 for  a milkshake.

From one of my favourite sites, www.RobbWolf.com - the sugar content (yikes!) and bacon equivalents of some common smoothie recipes.

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You might be surprised! I'd rather eat 8 strips of bacon than drink a smoothie, anyway...

Drink

Serving Size

Calories

Carbs (g)

Sugar (g)

Bacon Equivalent

Smoothie King – “Caribbean Way”

Small (20 oz)

395

97

89

8 strips

Jamba Juice – “Mega Mango”

Original (24 oz)

340

85

78

7 strips

McDonald’s Wild Berry

Medium (22 oz)

310

71

67

6 strips

Burger King Tropical Mango

Medium (22 oz)

330

78

63

6.5 strips

Sonic ‘Real Fruit’ Strawberry Slush

Large (24 oz)

440

117

116

9 strips

Naked Juice “Green Machine”

1 Bottle(16 oz)

280

66

56

5.8 strips

Naked Juice “Probiotic Machine”

1 Bottle (16 oz)

360

86

78

7.4 strips

Odwalla “Tropical Energy”

1 Bottle (12 oz)

240

59

44

5 strips

Odwalla Carrot Juice

1 Bottle (12 oz)

100

22

19

3 strips

Vita Coco Coconut water

1 Bottle (16 oz)

90

22

22

3 strips

Your Blender “Green Juice”

 - 

1 cup kale (3 Large leaves),

1 cup green grapes(28 grapes), 

1 cucumber, 

1 Granny Smith apple

Full Recipe (16 oz)

220

54

42

4.5 strips

Your Blender “Detox Drink”

 -    

     1 medium size beet, 

4 medium size carrots, 

1 medium apple, 

2 T chopped fresh ginger

Full Recipe (16 oz)

310

74

62

6 strips