Convenience store and Slurpee creator 7-Eleven doesn’t celebrate its birthday with a cake or party. Instead, it uses July 11th as an excuse to give free Slurpees to the masses in a summer frenzy unlike any other. And while the nonexistent price tag is obviously tempting, health professionals warn against treating the Slurpee like just another drink. In reality, it’s a summer treat that packs a ton of calories, carbohydrates, and sugars in every sweet, refreshing sip.
An average 11-ounce 7-Eleven Slurpee (the size they give away for free) packs 175 calories, 48 grams of carbohydrates, and a ton of harmful chemicals through food coloring and preservatives. So while we’d never pass up a free Slurpee (or three or four) there are a few summer treats you can go for that won’t break your calorie bank.
McDonald’s chocolate chip cookies
The name ‘McDonalds’ isn’t exactly synonymous with healthy eating, but their chocolate chip cookies aren’t as terrible as you’d think. Each cookie has 140 calories and 12 grams of sugar — a surprisingly low count for a summer treat and certainly lower than a frozen soda.
Dairy Queen’s fudge bar
It’s tough to resist a Dairy Queen blizzard or dipped cone, but neither will do anything good for your health or waistline. Still, if you find yourself struggling to order at the DQ drive-thru, there’s an option that won’t break your calorie budget. The no-sugar-added DQ Fudge Bar is your best bet: it’s 50 calories, fat-free, and as the name indicates, doesn’t add in extra sugars and preservatives.
A Starbucks’ Frappuccino sounds like the refreshing summer treat you need the quench your thirst (and get a move on in the morning). However, the cream-packed beverages aren’t great for you, and even the “lite” options add in artificial sweeteners to make up for the lack of fat and sugar.
There are other Starbucks options you can buy to help you start your day and satisfy your sugar cravings. Their petite vanilla scones are 120 calories each with 8 grams of sugar and 4.5 grams of fat. Add a natural green tea or iced coffee onto your order for a caffeine kick.
7-Eleven is giving away free Slurpees today, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!