St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and the holiday brings to mind all things green. One of the best ways to get into the spirit is with green food and drink. Rather than adding food coloring to your milk – tried and true, been there, done that and need to move to something more fun – why not try some of these great green drink options? Beware that some are better for you than others, but all are green!
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake – This cult favorite has an enormous following, as is evidenced by a website devoted to “Shamrock Shake sightings”. The shake may be tasty, but it is nutritionally a disaster, with 550 calories in one 16 ounce serving. 13 grams of fat and 96 grams of carbs means you’ve blown your diet in just one drink.
Green Machine SuperFruit Smoothie by Naked Juice – With just 130 calories in a one cup serving, this blend of fruit and greens is a great way to get your superfoods and vitamins. The complete label listing shows Apple juice, mango puree, pineapple juice, banana puree, kiwifruit puree, and green machine mix (spirulina, chorella, broccoli, green tea extract, spinach, barley grass, wheat grass, blue green algae, and echinacea).
Odwalla SuperFood – Similar name and composition to the beverage above, it contains apple juice, peach, mango, strawberry and banana purees, spirulina, soy lecithin, vitamin c (ascorbic acid), wheat grass, barley grass, wheat sprouts, jerusalem artichoke, lemon bioflavanoids and nova scotia dulse.
Jagermeister – A deep, dark green liquor, Jagermeister has no nutritional content available. Regardless, even though this drink contains a blend of 56 herbs, roots, and spices, it’s probably not a healthy choice to add to your diet.
Mountain Dew/Surge soda – Full of high fructose corn syrup and chemicals, these sodas have absolutely no nutritional value and can be detrimental to your healthy living choices. Each 12 ounce can contains 170 calories and not much else.
Dr. Oz’s Green Drink – Made popular by a mention from Oprah, this spinach and cucumber blended drink makes for a healthy breakfast.
What is your favorite green drink?