Distressing news today:
Kentucky Fried Chicken is running a promotion that, when you buy a half gallon of soda, will donate a buck to Juvenile Diabetes research.
Anyone for a big side order of irony with that?
Granted, sugary drinks are not contributors to type I diabetes (the focus of this research) but the plea to drink a hurking half gallon of soda in front of a diabetic kid who can’t have any, then toss a buck in their direction, is just too awkward to contemplate. Without a doubt the sugar overload DOES contribute to type II diabetes, which although preventable is reaching epidemic levels, with the CDC predicting one third of the US population having diabetes by 2050.
Perhaps that buck can be considered prepaid health insurance.
Hence the smoothie today. Every lunchbox has an 8 oz. drink bottle, and while water works just fine, a liquid treat really hits the spot sometimes and this has ample nutritional benefit to be a snack-unto-itself. It obviously isn’t sugar-free but it is vastly lower in sugar (in relative and absolute terms) than 64 ounces of carbonated sugar water.
Really, 8 ounces is enough.
SMOOTHIE FOR ONE
1/4 C plain yogurt (nonfat, lowfat, regular – it’s personal preference)
1/3 C fresh or frozen mixed berries (OR 1/4 fresh or frozen peach with skin + 6-12 berries)
1/4 C orange juice (OR pineapple, or whatever strikes your fancy)
If you’re drinking this goodness right away, add
a handful of ice cubes
If you’re packing this for a lunchtime treat, add
1/4 C milk
Toss it all in a blender and hit go. Enjoy now, or save it for later – if you happen to pack the smoothie in a drink bottle, be sure to use an ice pack in your lunchbox, and give the bottle a good shake before you drink up!