Just do a cost analysis of what you are paying for when you buy a McDonald's smoothie, compared to buying the ingredients and making your own smoothies. You can see that you get more for your money by preparing your own smoothies. The ingredients in homemade smoothies are more nutritious, fresh and wholesome.
It costs $2.50 or better to purchase a small McCafe Strawberry Banana smoothie from McDonald's. If you go to a farmer's market or grocery store, and purchase the ingredients needed to prepare strawberry banana smoothies for 6-8 people, it will costs you under $10. Compare that to paying $15-$20 to purchase McDonald's smoothies for 6 - 8 people.
What's more, fast food smoothies aren't really natural, in spite of labels such as, "Real Fruit" or "made with natural ingredients". They are mainly composed of fillers, artificial coloring, and artificial flavorings (i.e. high fructose corn syrup). If you do some snooping around and examine the labels, it is evident that most fast food smoothies only contain a few natural ingredients and/or a few ingredients derived from natural produce. Therefore, you aren't getting many valuable nutrients by consuming fast food smoothies.
I savor every ounce of my homemade smoothies and they taste so rich and delicious. I feel proud that I am do something beneficial for my body when I drink a homemade smoothie. They are detoxing and refreshing. There is a heck of a lot more love in REAL food.
If you are too lazy to prepare homemade smoothies, then all hope is not lost for you. There are healthier alternatives to fast food smoothies, such as Naked smoothies, Bolthouse Farms products, and Sambazon drinks.
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