Calories that sneak in through beverages are usually forgotten. This is especially true when we are talking about alcoholic or sugary drinks, including fruit juices and soda. These drinks can be found anywhere, tempting you at gas stations, schools, movie theaters, airports, your workplace, even at the gym. The average American drinks 400 calories on a daily basis!
Our bodies are most efficient when drinking water. Plus, you'll feel much more satisfied and “full” if you eat your calories rather than drink them. “Don’t Drink Your Calories” is an easy and quick mantra to help you make good nutrition choices.
We like this infographic from the University of Utah that shows just how much sugar is in common drinks:
Here are some easy alternatives to save calories:
- Reduce the size of your coffee, the sweeter added, and use fat-free milk to save calories
- Select water with your lunch rather than soda or juice
- If you're an iced tea lover, try sparkling water with lemon slices
- Hold the added sugar or flavorings from your smoothie since the fruit is naturally sweet
- Dilute your and your children's fruit juices with water
- Swap a small chocolate shake for an 8-ounce carton of chocolate milk