The Best & Worst Fast-Food Smoothies

Find out which fast-food smoothies are the best nutritionally (and learn which to avoid)

I'm obsessed with smoothies. Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's all the fresh berries my husband and I have been picking at the berry farm. We've been going crazy with our blender—a handful of berries, some yogurt and a little ice. Cover, blend, and presto! A tasty, satisfying breakfast (or snack) to grab and go.

Smoothies seem so inherently healthy—one refreshing drink can help you get a few servings of fruit, which boasts fiber and antioxidants, and some calcium from yogurt. But many fast-food versions are just vessels for delivering spoonfuls of sugar through a straw. Find out the best and worst smoothies at fast food restaurants.

—Penelope Wall, Senior Interactive Producer

Watch: See how to make 3 healthy smoothies


Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild

Pictured: Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild

Diet Busting Drink #1

Diet Busting Drink: Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild (30 oz.), 510 calories, 118 grams total sugars

Lighter Option to Order: Jamba Juice All Fruit Smoothie: Mega Mango (22 oz.), 340 calories, 85 grams total sugars

Better Option to Make at Home: Thermos-Ready Smoothie (16 oz.), 288 calories, 43 grams total sugars (Bonus: 0 grams added sugars)

Total Savings vs. Diet Busting Drink: 222 calories, 75 grams total sugars. Plus, our Thermos-Ready Smoothie has more protein and is high in fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin C and antioxidants


McDonald's Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Pictured: McDonald's Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Diet Busting Drink #2

Diet Busting Drink: McDonald's Strawberry Banana Smoothie (22 oz.), 330 calories, 77 grams total sugars

Lighter Option to Order: McDonald's Wild Berry Smoothie (12 oz.), 210 calories, 44 grams total sugars

Better Option to Make at Home: Banana-Berry Smoothie (8 oz.), 135 calories, 18 grams total sugars (Bonus: 0 grams added sugars)

Total Savings vs. Diet Busting Drink: 195 calories, 59 grams total sugars. Plus, our bright and easy Banana-Berry Smoothie packs two servings of fruit, almost an entire day's worth of Vitamin C, plus soy protein and fiber.


Dunkin' Donuts Strawberry Fruit Coolatta

Pictured: Dunkin' Donuts Strawberry Fruit Coolatta

Diet Busting Drink #3

Diet Busting Drink: Dunkin' Donuts Strawberry Fruit Coolatta (Large, 32. oz.), 470 calories, 114 grams total sugars

Lighter Option to Order: Dunkin' Donuts Orange Fruit Coolatta (Small, 16 oz.), 210 calories, 54 grams total sugars

Better Option to Make at Home: Creamy Raspberry Smoothie (8 oz.), 249 calories, 20 grams total sugars (Bonus: 0 grams added sugars)

Total Savings vs. Diet Busting Drink: 221 calories, 94 grams total sugars. Plus, our Creamy Raspberry Smoothie packs a healthy dose of Vitamin C, fiber, folate and potassium.


Starbucks Chocolate Smoothie

Pictured: Starbucks Chocolate Smoothie

Diet Busting Drink #4

Diet Busting Drink: Starbucks Chocolate Smoothie made with 2% milk (16 oz.), 300 calories, 34 grams total sugars

Lighter Option to Order: Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie made with nonfat milk (16oz), 260 calories, 37 grams of total sugar

Better Option to Make at Home: Wake Up Smoothie (8 oz.), 157 calories, 17 grams total sugars (Bonus: 0 grams added sugars)

Total Savings vs. Diet Busting Drink: 143 calories, 17 grams total sugars. When it comes to calories Starbucks is a worthy competitor, but at second glance our Wake Up Smoothie excels with more than 100 percent of your daily value for Vitamin C and 16 percent of your daily value for fiber.


Burger King's Tropical Mango Smoothie

Pictured: Burger King's Tropical Mango Smoothie

Diet Busting Drink #5

Diet Busting Drink: Burger King's Tropical Mango Smoothie (Large), 450 calories, 85 grams of total sugars

Lighter Option to Order: Burger King's Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Small), 200 calories, 40 grams of total sugar

Better Option to Make at Home: Hawaiian Smoothie (8oz), 81 calories, 21g of total sugars

Total Savings vs. Diet Busting Drink: 369 calories, 64 grams total sugars. Not only will this exotic number help you drop pounds in comparison with the average drive-thru smoothie, it is also contains papain a digestive enzyme found in papaya, which can help to settle a full stomach.