Summer Fruity Treats

The extreme hot weather we’re having this summer seems to be relentless! During the warmer months we tend to think of cooler types of refreshments and treats, instead of many of the coffee products that are soothing in the winter. The items now available with fruity names certainly sound refreshing. Since the buzz word this season is “mango,” I decided to check on a few of the most advertised items.

7-Eleven (7-11) convenience stores are famous for their Slurpees—a sugary blended ice drink that can give that famous “brain freeze” if taken in too quickly. As refreshing as it might be, a 64 ounce Big Gulp serves up about 560 calories! 7-Eleven recently announced plans to sell a new Slurpee Lite: Mango Glory, made with Splenda and erythritol (a sugar alcohol), that contains about half the calories (20 calories and 6 grams of carb for an 8oz serving). This sounds like a much better option, but the key, of course, is that size does matter; I’m not sure how many establishments sell an 8 ounce size of any of their menu offerings!

Burger King’s smallest size of a 12 ounce Tropical Mango smoothie is 210 calories and 51 grams of carbohydrates.

The smallest size of McDonald’s Mango Pineapple smoothie is 12 ounces and contains 220 calories and 49 grams of carbohydrates.

Jack-in-the-Box’s smallest Mango smoothie is 16oz and contains 289 calories and 72 grams of carbohydrates.

From the gocery store, Edy’s brand of Tart Mango frozen yogurt blend is 100 calories, and 19 grams of carbohydrates for a one-half cup serving.

Many of us think our prescribed meal plans refer to “food or meals,” not necessarily “drinks or treats,” but as you can see, beverages can be a source of very quick calories and carbohydrates. It’s certainly okay to have an occasional treat as long as you balance it with healthy food choices throughout your day, just be sure you know the facts going in. Fruity names aren’t synonymous with health.

Do you have any suggestions for healthier, lower carbohydrate refreshing summer treats? Check out our recent post featuring some sweet (diabetes-friendly) treats from Betty Crocker.

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