Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Drinks or Dessert?

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Liquids are an essential part of any diet—after all, humans would live longer without eating than without drinking (a few weeks compared to a few days!). From fruit juices and teas to sodas and flavored waters, there are so many options it can be hard to make a well-informed decision about which beverage you should choose.

Many people forget that most drinks are high in calories, sugar, and even sodium; in fact, most drinks provide much less nutritional value than solid foods in your diet. As you would expect, water is always the best choice because it has zero calories, no sugar, and is essential to keeping you healthy and hydrated.

However, sometimes we all crave something with a little flavor. If you want a beverage with more flavor, your best choices are flavored seltzer water or unsweetened iced tea. They are both zero calories with no added sugar, and can keep you well-hydrated. Unsweetened iced tea can even provide you with a little caffeine boost to help power you through the workday!

How to Choose a Better Drink
If you are looking for a healthier beverage choice, you have already made a step in the right direction! Here are a few very important tips to help you sip healthfully:
1. Look at the serving size. Some bottles or cans consist of 1.5 or 2 servings, so make sure that you know how big the serving size is. Most servings are usually 8 fluid ounces.

2. Check the calories. While the calories of many beverages are now found on the front of most bottles and cans, make sure that you know how many calories you are consuming before you sip. Rely on Bon’App to help you figure out how many Calories, Sugar, Salt, and Bad Fat are in your drink!

3. Don’t overlook the sugar content. Even though they sound healthy, drinks such as juices and teas can contain a HUGE amount of sugar. In fact, many of them will make your Sugar battery turn black after drinking just one can!

4. Read the ingredient list. Drinks such as diet sodas have no calories, but they contain artificial sweeteners and other chemical additives. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce or haven’t heard of the ingredient, you probably should not put it into your body!

Choose This Not That!
Choose Unsweetened instead of Sweetened Iced Tea

Choose Seltzer Water instead of Soda

Refreshing Drink Recipe

Make this healthy drink in the morning and store it in your fridge for the day so that you can have a cool drink when you get home.

  • 1 pitcher of water, ¾ full
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1-2 bunches of mint leaves
Fill a pitcher of water about ¾ of the way full. Cut up the lemon, cucumber, lime, and mint leaves into small slices. Put all of the sliced ingredients into a pitcher of water, and place it in your fridge. Enjoy a flavorful, ice-cold, and refreshing drink. If you close your eyes, you can pretend you’re at a spa (we won’t spoil your fun!)

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