We’re all about spinach smoothies and kale-cucumber-celery juice. But not everything green is good for you. Case in point: these sugar-laden elixirs you’d be stupid to sip—even on Halloween.
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Starbucks - Franken Frappuccino
Starbucks is celebrating Halloween with a scary concoction: a green tea frappuccino topped with peppermint syrup, white chocolate sauce, java chips, whipped cream, and mocha drizzle. Though exact nutrition info isn’t available, similar beverages at the coffee chain set you back approximately 400 calories and 60g sugar. That's a lot of bang for your buck—through October 31, the Franken Frapp is $3 after 2 p.m. You know, in case 15 tablespoons of sugar is the way you prefer to pull yourself out of an afternoon slump.
File this under “well, duh.” This “delicious, slushy mixture of crushed ice and green apple flavor with the added awesomeness of NERDS candy” has some impressively bad nutrition stats. A small will cost you 360 calories and contains 91g sugar. A large? 740 calories and 188g sugar. Sorry, kids.
The “no sugar added” on the front of the bottle is appealing, but turn it around and you’ll learn that there are 28g of sugar per 8-ounce serving (gulp down the entire bottle and you’re at 56g). And shocker, there’s noting green among the first five ingredients—apple juice, mango puree, pineapple juice, banana puree, and kiwi puree.
Though you could do way worse when picking up this 210-calorie post-workout smoothie (the ingredient list is clean, and the drink contains vegetarian-friendly pea protein), its name is a bit of an oversell. The supposedly diet-friendly drink delivers 29g sugar (and only 11g protein) per 16-ounce serving.