Sweet and Refreshing Soda Pop…

  • A 12 oz can will cost you about 150 calories—that 20 oz bottle 250 calories
  • NO vitamins or minerals…definitely a waste of calories
  • Excellent fuel for those bacteria to dig into your teeth and make cavities!
  • What about “diet pop”…better than sugared, for sure; scientific studies have not found that artificial sweeteners are a problem…but people do not seem to lose any weight due to drinking diet pop…

Cool, Sweet and Refreshing 100% fruit juice—Nutritious too….

  • Think again! The juice of a fruit is the sugar water, but little to none of the pulp (that heart healthy, gut moving fiber)
  • 1 cup 100% juice has 110 to 140 calories in SUGAR.
  • Try blending 1/2 cup whole fresh fruit with 1/2 cup frozen fruit in your blender for a truly refreshing drink that is high in vitamins, potassium, AND fiber for about 80 calories…Which will satisfy longer–This or the juice?

Sports Drinks like Gatorade™..must be good for you!  NOT…

  • If you are doing an endurance sport for more than an hour—long distance cycling or running, you definitely need to replace the fuel you are burning and the electrolytes you are sweating out of your body. THEN a sports drink makes sense.
  • What are these drinks? Water with 3 ¾ Tablespoons sugar, a pinch of salt and a pinch of potassium chloride in each quart (4 cups).
  • Don’t want sugar water with a little salt and potassium?
  • Try ½ strength orange juice with about 1/8 teaspoon salt added to each quart.—Same calories, same sodium and lots more potassium than the leading “sports drink.”
  • Want a great after work out refresher?
  • Try 1 cup 1% or Nonfat Milk with a tablespoon of chocolate powder or chocolate syrup—More sodium and potassium than a sports drink, similar sugar, and a good dose of protein to help build muscle.

Before dinner cocktails, wine or beer… a great tradition…Really?

  • 1 shot of alcohol (Scotch, Whiskey, Gin, Vodka) = 105 calories
  • Mix it with juice, or sugared soda pop and one drink is more than 200 calories.
  • One 12 ounce beer = 150 to 200 calories
  • 5 ounces dry wine = 110 calories
  • Try limiting to one drink and then go with seltzer water with a twist of lemon or lime.

Water….the best drink on the market

On ice, room temperature, or hot…0 calories, always thirst quenching, very economical…

Try it plain or with a splash of lemon or lime juice, on ice or hot……