I was staying in Raleigh, North Carolina and the hotel has a deal where you can use the Alexander Family YMCA for free. Awesome! On my second day there, I decided to grab a protein smoothie.
Considering that it’s a YMCA (which makes me, at least, think “healthy’), the coffee shop was full of cakes, muffins, etc. There were some “healthy” choices too, but, ironically, no health information available on any of their food so you could make educated choices.
I ordered a small peanut butter protein shake, which, admittedly, was DELICIOUS, but let’s take a look at what’s in it and the overall nutrition information in it.
- Plain protein powder, two scoops. 280 calories, 1 g fat (estimated), 50 g protein (estimated)
- 3 tablespoons of Jif peanut butter (I only let him put two in mine): 285 calories, 24 g fat, 9.5 g protein
- 1 cup milk (it looked like 2%, so I’m using that). 112 calories, 5 g fat, 8 g protein
- 1/2 very large banana. 60 calories, 0 g fat, 1 g protein
Total for small YMCA peanut butter protein shake: 737 calories, 30 grams fat, 68 g protein
Since I only let him put 2 scoops of peanut butter in and only drank half of it: 326 calories, 11 g fat, 31.5 grams protein
I definitely believe that you are responsible for your own choices, but dang, places like the YMCA seem to really be working against us with their food offerings. I’m really disappointed in them considering how much they promote “healthy choices.”