Why You Should Think Twice About Ordering Chick-Fil-A's Peppermint Milkshake

For some people, the holidays are about making time to treat yourself, to not worry about all the things that stress you out 11 out of 12 months of the year. If that sounds like you, go ahead and enjoy Chick-fil-A's Peppermint Chip Milkshake for the tasty seasonal treat that it is. If, however, you're the kind of person who's particular about what foods you put in your body 365 days per year, you might want to slow down. 

According to food and nutrition site Eat This, Not That!, a large Chick-fil-A Peppermint Chip Milkshake contains 950 calories — almost half of the recommended calories the average adult should be eating each day, according to the USDA's Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020. And while eating high-energy foods can be a good thing, you're not getting the kind of nutritious, sustaining energy from this shake that would keep you satisfied and energized throughout the day. It's pretty much guaranteed to give you a serious crash.

Here's what's in each Chik-fil-A Peppermint Chip Milkshake

Each large Chik-fil-A Peppermint Chip Milkshake contains a whopping 134 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to drinking a cup of coffee that you've poured 33 and a half packets of Domino sugar into (via Fitbit). That's not going to leave you feeling amazing. It also contains 20 grams of saturated fat, which is about the amount you'd find in a half-pound burger (via Eat This Much), but without all the nourishing protein you'd get from that burger.

That's not to say you shouldn't drink this shake. No one's getting a milkshake because they're looking for the single most nutritious option. It's just worth knowing what you're getting before you order it. If you are looking to keep your carb intake to a minimum, even when it comes to holiday sweets, consider trying out some of these low-carb holiday desserts you can make at home.