July 11, 7/11 is National Slurpee day. You can go into any 7/11 store and get an 8 ounce slurpee for free.
An 8-ounce Slurpee contains 18 grams of total carbohydrate, with 18 grams coming from sugar. Although the body treats the sugar from a Slurpee the same way it treats sugar from an apple, the apple contains other nutrients that promote health such as fiber and vitamins. Even though Slurpees are a source of energy -- carbohydrates are your body's primary source of energy -- the energy from Slurpees comes without any healthful nutrients.
You can still celebrate the day by making your own slurpee or slushie. Fill an 8 ounce glass with crushed ice, place that in a blender with a cup of your favorite fruit, and 4 ounces of juice. I made mine with Acai juice and a cup of blueberries. You have cut the sugar in half and added the all important fiber with the fruit. Summer is the time of year for sweet treats and there is no need to deny yourself, just swap out the sugary treats for healthy ones.
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