Listed as one of the worst beverages in America by the folks at Eat This, Not That, the Wild Cherry Lemonade Mixer from Auntie Anne’s is wildly popular, and with good reason. The taste combination of tart lemon and sweet cherry is undeniably hard to resist. Unfortunately, with 28 teaspoons of sugar in a large drink, it certainly earns its “worst” title. This wonderful variation
Instead of gobs of sugar, this drink serves up an entire serving of fruit and a third of your day’s worth of Vitamin C in every irresistible glass. For a twist, make it with frozen strawberries.
Makes 2 Servings
1½ cups light lemonade*
1 cup frozen dark cherries
1½ cups crushed ice
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1. Place light lemonade and cherries in a blender. Blend to mix.
2. Add crushed ice and almond extract and blend on high until the ice is completely incorporated.
*To make light lemonade, use 1 packet light lemonade drink mix (like Crystal Light On the Go) and 1½ cups water, or add 1 cup water, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, and 4 packets of your choice of no-calorie sweetener to the blender.
Dare to Compare: A large Wild Cherry Lemonade Mixer at Auntie Anne’s contains 470 calories and 28 teaspoons sugar. Even if you order the smallest size they sell, you’re looking at 2 days’ worth of added sugar.
Nutrition Information Per Serving (1½ cups)
Calories 50 | Carbohydrate 12g (Sugars 10g) | Total Fat 0g (Sat Fat 0g)
Protein 1g | Fiber 2g | Cholesterol 0mg |
Food Exchanges: 1 Fruit
Carbohydrate Choices: 1
Weight Watcher Point Comparison: 1