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Beverage Tracker: New year offerings from Applebee’s, Shake Shack and Starbucks

Plus new drinks from Juice it Up!, Main Squeeze Juice Co., Peet’s Coffee, Planet Smoothie and Steak ‘n Shake

With a new year come seemingly inevitable resolutions to eat and drink more healthfully, and some chains are stepping up to fill that need.

Others not so much.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar is ignoring both the weather and Dry January with two new iced cocktails. Shake Shack has rolled out a shake using smoked black sugar — an ingredient in some East Asian cooking — to tie in to its fried chicken sandwiches with Korean condiments, and Steak ’n Shake is giving its customers a chance to indulge in red velvet shakes, with or without Oreo cookies in them.

But there are also new drinks for people working to improve or maintain their health, such as the beverages from Juice it Up! that are meant to boost immunity and the smoothies from Planet Smoothie with enough protein to work as meal replacements.

Peet’s Coffee is offering golden lattes, with turmeric in them, Starbucks is offering drinks with nutrient rich nuts and nut milks, and Main Squeeze Juice Co., is offering a nutrient dense option in place of King Cake, the New Orleans delicacy eaten as part of the Mardi Gras celebration.

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