Whether you are watching your weight or just want to eat healthier, taking a look at what you drink is key. Empty calories can lurk in all types of beverages – especially these:
- Coffee drinks with extras such as sugar or flavored syrup. These deliver a concentrated dose of quick-digesting carbohydrates that can lead to weight gain. A better option is a plain coffee with a little half-and-half, or, better yet, enjoy antioxidant-rich green tea instead of coffee.
- Frothy summer cocktails. Whether it’s a margarita or a piña colada, sugary drinks pack a double dose of calories due to alcohol and sugar – some can top 800 calories in one drink! A better option is a glass of red wine (60-100 calories) or a light beer (about 100 calories).
- Non-juice "juice drinks." Before buying juice, read the label and make sure it is 100% juice (not just "made with" real juice) and check for added sweeteners and calories. Many of these products are no better than drinking sugared water. I recommend adding purified or sparkling water to juice to reduce the sugar content that natural juice provides.
- Soda. There just isn’t anything nutritious about soda, whether it’s diet or regular. If you’re a soda addict, breaking the habit is among the best moves you can make for your weight and your health. Consider switching to sparkling water with a slice of citrus.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s Daily Tip when we cover four healthy beverages.
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