Smoothies Series: Part I – Let’s compare smoothies! Which ones taste great? Which ones are good for you?

As some of you may know I am addicted to SMOOTHIES!

So over the last week I have personally gone out, at my own person risk, and sampled all the different smoothies from a number of different places…I’m going to let you know what I found and what they tasted like.  Remember, I did this all for YOU! :)

Let’s start at with the place I have been consuming smoothies from for over a year…McDonald’s.

McDonald’s

The McDonald’s medium Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie.

Here is the nutritional value of this smoothie.

McDonald’s
Order Size Medium
Serving Size (fl oz) 16
Calories 260
Fat (g) 1
Carbs (g) 60
Sodium (mg) 40
Sugars (g) 54
Fiber (g) 3
Protein (g) 2

Overall taste and consistency –  I give it an 8.

Love the flavors and they go down smooth and fast.  Plus in the big picture, they contain a lot of real fruit and are the lowest in calories.

Burger King

Next let’s look at the newest smoothie on the block…Burger King.

Keeping things even I tried their new Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Here’s the nutritional values for this one…

Burger King
Order Size Medium
Serving Size (fl oz) 16
Calories 310
Fat (g) 0.5
Carbs (g) 73
Sodium (mg) 35
Sugars (g) 60
Fiber (g) 2
Protein (g) 2

Overall, I liked the taste of this one, but was it so SWEET!  Actually it was too sweet, I could tell it would have more calories and extra sugars.

I will give the Burger King smoothie a 6 for taste and consistency.

If you like a really sweet cold drink you will love this one, but looking at the overall nutrition, mainly calories and sugar, the Burger King Smoothie is something I will pass on unless I am traveling through a town, it’s 80 degrees and the only place to eat is a Burger King.

Dairy Queen

Can’t talk smoothies without talking about…DQ.

Dairy Queen Triple Berry Smoothie

Dairy Queen
Order Size Small
Serving Size (fl oz) 12
Calories 310
Fat (g) 0.5
Carbs (g) 74
Sodium (mg) 100
Sugars (g) 61
Fiber (g) 4
Protein (g) 5

This one tasted great, but once again it was just super sweet and you really lose the taste of natural fruit.  I almost taste more ice cream.

As far as nutrition goes it’s pretty high in every category.

I give the DQ smoothie an overall score of 7.

Next up is a very new product to the Smoothie Wars and will only be found in the Kwik Trip stores in the Midwest area, but I’m sure it will be spreading across the country soon at a convenience store near you.

Kwik Trip

The F’real Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

This is a self-serve, blended smoothie.  It’s actually really fun to do.  My daughter and I tried it the other day and we thought it was pretty cool. :)

Kwik Trip – F’real
Order Size Medium
Serving Size (fl oz) 16
Calories 270
Fat (g) 0
Carbs (g) 65
Sodium (mg) 50
Sugars (g) 60
Fiber (g) 3
Protein (g) 3

This one tasted really good.  It was not too sweet and has a lot of flavor.  I will recommend pushing the less thick button otherwise you won’t be sucking it threw a straw.

As far as nutritional value goes this one ranks right up there with being the best in many categories.

I will say that the portion size is a little smaller than the McDonald’s and Burger King.

I give the Kwik Trip F’real Smoothie an 8.

Starbucks

Last but not least is the Starbucks Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Starbucks
Order Size Medium
Serving Size (fl oz) 16
Calories 300
Fat (g) 2
Carbs (g) 60
Sodium (mg) 130
Sugars (g) 60
Fiber (g) 7
Protein (g) 16

In all honesty I’m going to make this one short and sweet (which this drink is not).  In my opinion the Starbucks smoothies are the MOST OVER PRICED, WORST TASTING smoothies on the market.

Not only did it taste like crap, the consistency of it was awful, and it was ridiculously expensive.  As far as nutritional value it really offers nothing.

Out of the 5 I have talked about and sampled I give the Starbucks Smoothie a 1.

If I was a contestant on “Fear Factor” and this is what they pulled out for me to drink, I might not get threw the challenge.  I think I would choose the “blended beetle milk shake” over this one.

What’s the point?

The point is that summer is coming and we all want to have a nice cool drink every once and a while, so I wanted to give you some information so that you can make wise choices when you are out and looking for a smoothie.

Everyone has their own tastes and preferences.  I just want you to see the difference in calories and nutritional values in these different drinks.

And of course you can make your own smoothie right at home with a blender or magic bullet, some frozen fruit, a little skim milk, orange juice and maybe a little fruit yogurt.  They taste great and you know what’s in them. :)  Plus they are a whole lot less expensive!

Have a great day and I will see you at the gym!

Dan

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4 Responses “Smoothies Series: Part I – Let’s compare smoothies! Which ones taste great? Which ones are good for you?”

  1. Bridgette Leonauskas April 17, 2012 7:10 am #

    LOVE THIS POST! If I am out and the only choice I have is to buy one, then so be it but ultimately they are so expensive and loaded with added sugar. I love making them homemade and I really love how naturally sweet they are.

    I use:
    1 cup frozen berries (any)
    4 oz. fat free vanilla yogurt (or greek)
    1 small banana
    splash of soy milk or enough to make smoothie consistency that I like (gets through the straw)

    SO SUPER GOOD!

    And with all the really cute travel cups with straws you can buy, you can pack your own smoothie to go when you gotta run out the door and save sooo much money!

    • principledan April 17, 2012 10:53 am #

      Thanks Bridgette!
      It was tough work going out and sampling all those smoothies but I did for all of my readers. :)
      Love the recipe too, sounds yummy. It is very similar to the one I do. A little over a week ago I made up a dozen frozen smoothies so I can bring them to work with me and blend them up in my Magic Bullet.
      I use a cup of frozen fruit,
      A splash of OJ
      A splash of Skim Milk
      Put it all into a small Zip Lock bag, freeze them and you are good to go.
      I will put just a little Oj or Milk in the Bullet to make it a little smoother to drink.

      Once again it’s all about planning ahead.
      Thanks again Bridgette!

      Dan

  2. Bridgette Leonauskas April 17, 2012 11:29 am #

    LOVE the freezing idea. That way I don’t have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to make the smoothies for the kids – they can take out the freezer bag and do it themself :) YAH for some extra zzzz’s. Now I just need to get a Magic Bullet I guess. Is it better than my stand-up blender/processor – it has a smoothie option.

  3. Bridgette Leonauskas April 18, 2012 6:51 am #

    OOH one more thing. My kids really like Carnation Instant Breakfast and while I know its not as good as a REAL breakfast sometimes it’s the only thing they’ll have or they have it as a midday snack. I don’t mind too much because it does have a fair share of vitamins, it gets them extra milk and it’s low in sugar. BUT, my point is that they help to make REALLY GREAT smoothies too!! You can simply blend any flavor packet with a banana and a 1/2 cup to full cup of ice (depending on how cold and thick you want it) OR you can also add 1/4 cup FF vanilla yogurt and 1/2 cup frozen fruit and viola! Instant success. What’s fun is that the carnation comes in Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry and also SUGAR FREE, so if you really want a quick smoothie you can easily make that is sugar free (on it’s own – once you add fruit and yogurt you add SOME sugar, but minimal), try the Carnation Instant Breakfast – we have the packets and each one has a smoothie recipe on the front. Smoothies in general are just so easy to make and great on the go!

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