reach the sugar impact of this icy, lemon-esque beverage from Orange Julius.
Chick-fil-A Diet Lemonade (medium, 20 oz)
0 g fat
2 g sugars
Save yourself from sugar’s flabby impact by switching to Chick-fil-A’s low-calorie lemonade, which adds sucralose while nixing the extra sugar.
Worst Frozen Coffee Drink
Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatte (medium, 16 oz)
19 g fat (15 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
90 g sugars
Dairy Queen’s MooLattes shouldn’t be considered coffee. They’re essentially milkshakes with a little coffee blended in, and the caramel version has nearly as many calories as five White Castle sliders.
Better Frozen Coffee Drink
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino with 2% Milk (Grande size, 16 oz)
2 g fat (1 g saturated)
49 g sugars
Switch to Starbucks’ Coffee Frappuccino. It’s way sweeter, but saves you more than 400 calories. But be warned, though: While the Coffee Frappuccino is safe, some of Starbucks’ other drinks aren’t nearly so forgiving.
Smoothie King The Activator Strawberry (32 oz)
1.5 g fat (0 g saturated)
134 g sugars
Judging solely by name, you’d think this beverage was some sort of metabolism-boosting superfruit, but in reality, it’s a hyper-sweetened smoothie filled out with 550 calories of pure sugar. In Smoothie King’s defense, it also delivers nearly 30 grams of protein, but that’s not nearly enough to justify the caloric impact. Unless you’re a bodybuilder looking to maximize your caloric intake, leave this blended beverage behind the counter.
Jamba Juice Strawberry Nirvana (Power size, 30 oz)
0.5 g fat
58 g sugars
Cold Stone Creamery Oh Fudge! Shake (Like It size, 16 oz)
70 g fat (45 g saturated)
127 g sugars
At Cold Stone, “Like It” is the small size. If you upgrade to “Gotta Have It,” which denotes a large, you’re facing 1,920 calories—nearly a full day’s energy in one cup. The truth is, milkshakes represent some of the most concentrated calories that will ever cross your lips, so when you find a good one, you should take notice.
Baskin-Robbins Chocolate Shake (with Premium Churned Milk Chocolate Ice Cream) (small, 16 oz)
16 g fat (10 g saturated)
73 g sugars
Outside of what you might make in your own kitchen, the shake below from Baskin-Robbins is about as good as you’re going to find. Order it with Premium Churned Chocolate Milk Ice Cream and it floats in at just 500 calories. That’s still a lot, yes, but it’s better than the alternatives. Just save it for an occasional treat, and always offer to split with a friend.
Don’t Forget The Water!
Of course, you already know what the absolute best summer (actually, all-year-round) drink is…WATER! To help keep you cool and well-hydrated against the heat and outdoor activities, be sure to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.