September 15, 2011

Guiltless Treats

Losing weight is fun when your clothes are too big and people are complimenting you . . . it’s not so fun when you are trying to get down protein shakes or everyone else is treating themselves to ice cream or cookies and you can’t have them.

My latest solution . . . Smoothie King! My family loves ice cream and several times in recent months we’ve used vouchers for Coffee’n’Cream in the Villages at Allen. My mom – ever the healthy one – always walks across to Yogilicious Frozen Yogurt to get a bit healthier treat.  On average, the yogurt has about 22 calories an ounce, 5 g of carbohydrates and 1 g of protein. Much better than ice cream, but still high for what I’m supposed to be eating. I eat several different smoothies but even the one that’s the least healthy, ordered “skinny” has 16.9 calories an ounce and 4.2 g of carbohydrates.

If you are willing to go for more protein and less fruit, you can have the Gladiator for 9 calories, .05 carbohydrates and a little more than 2 g of protein per ounce!! I haven’t tasted that one yet, but I have had the High Protein smoothies that come in several flavors, and they have 18.6 calories, 2.2 g of carbohydrates and 1.3 g of protein in every ounce. The nice part is I can take these as a replacement for my gross protein shakes every once in a while and not feel guilty.

No matter where you live you can take advantage of Smoothie King’s smoothies . . . and if you’re local, I would encourage you to stop in at the Smoothie King located in the Villages at Allen between Coffee’n’Cream and Freebirds. They’re great and if you’re not sure what to order, they’re more than able and willing to help you figure it out!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to finish my smoothie . . .