I did a crazy thing today. I power walked outside in the blazing heat and humidity for 45 minutes. That's not the crazy part. I was really jonesin' for a smoothie. I contemplated how that would just undo the calories I was burning on my walk. It was 3:30 in the afternoon. I was due for a snack, and it sounded like a great reward. The crazy part is that after seeing a huge smoothie sign outside of Scooter's Coffeehouse with my debit card in my pocket I resisted the temptation. I opted to walk down to the grocery store instead. I was tempted to get a gelato, but no! I resisted again. I walked straight towards the fruit and bought 2 cups of watermelon. It was delicious! I couldn't even wait until I got home. I started eating it right away. It was so refreshing.
So how many calories did that really save? It was a lot of watermelon. These facts are from www.calorieking.com. Scooter's nutrition facts were not listed so I compared the watermelon (16.2 oz diced) to a 1-pint smoothie from Starbuck's. The smoothie from Starbuck's is surpisingly high in fiber. The watermelon is naturally high in sugar, but the smoothie is even worse. Here's how it stacks up:
Compare Food Nutrition Facts
|Calories 280||(1170 kJ) % Daily Value|
|Calories 138||(576 kJ) % Daily Value|
|Sat. Fat||< 0.1g||< 1%|