I tried a McDonald’s strawberry banana smoothie today. I was looking for something different, and something filling so I wouldn’t feel hungry all day now that I’m trying to snack less at my desk. I knew McDonald’s has been making a big push in the beverage area, both with its new emphasis on coffee drinks and with its smoothies. Since I don’t drink coffee, I decided to give a smoothie a try.
And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I had checked first on Dietfacts.com to see how many calories I would be dealing with. The good news is that a small McDonald’s strawberry banana smoothie is only 210 calories. That’s only about 50 calories more than a McDonald’s yogurt parfait, my usual indulgence at McD’s.
The smoothie is only 12 ounces, which didn’t sound like a lot to me and doesn’t look like very much in its plastic cup. But it was filling and had a good strawberry taste.
Unfortunately, it also has 44 grams of sugar. The daily recommended allowance for refined sugar is 40 grams per 2,000 calories consumed, about what I’m supposed to be eating. Remember, one teaspoon of sugar contains 4.2 grams, so this thing ladles more than 10 teaspoons of sugar into your system. Not the best idea.
So the smoothie on top of the chocolate bar I had on the way to work put me way over that amount. Therein lies a lot of my eating problems.
Back to the smoothie, the 12 ounces made me feel full, something it normally takes a lot of food, and a lot more calories, to accomplish.
If you want to try one, stay away from the large, that has 330 calories and 70 grams of sugar. Tony wrote extensively about consuming this amount of sugar in McD’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Why You Shouldn’t Drink McDonald’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. It’s worth reading.
Regarding my meal, I also had a bacon and cheese Angus snack wrap but took out the cheese. Doing that saved me 50 calories and, more importantly for me, 230 mgs of sodium, taking the total sodium for the wrap down to 850 mg from 1,080.