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Drink This, Not That!


Kids' Juice
Drink This
Minute Maid Kids Multi-Vitamin Orange Juice
120 calories
24 g sugars


Not That
Welch's Grape Juice
170 calories
40 g sugars


Kids love grape juice for one reason: It's loaded with sugar. That also means it's loaded with calories. In fact, when it comes to sugar and calories, no juice is worse for you than grape. More than offering a huge calorie and sugar discount, enhanced orange juices like this are mother nature's multi-vitamin, providing your kids with monster doses of calcium and vitamin D for bone growth and protection, plus a host of powerful antioxidants.

Lunchbox Drinks
Drink This
Minute Maid Fruit Falls Tropical
5 calories
1 g sugars


Not That
Capri Sun Pacific Cooler
100 calories
26 g sugars


Make this switch in the little ones' lunchboxes every day of the school year, and you'll cut 25 cups of sugar—enough to make 1,600 chocolate chip cookies—from their diet. But, still, I have to give Capri some credit: They recently announced that beginning this spring, they’ll be cutting the sugar and calorie content of their namesake beverage by 25 percent. When asked why, a Capri Sun rep said that parents more than ever are looking for healthier choices that their kids will like. I couldn’t agree more, and it’s hopefully the beginning of an important sea change in the types of foods and beverages companies market to our kids.

Juice
Drink This
Ocean Spray White Grapefruit 100% Juice (8 oz)
90 calories
17 g sugars


Not That
Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5 oz can)
360 calories
84 g sugars


Arizona's hulking calorie cannons (5 percent juice, 95 percent sugar water) are sold at gas stations and convenience stores across America for the low, low price of 99 cents, making this quite possibly the cheapest source of empty calories in the country. Stick to white grapefruit juice. Your waistline will thank us.

Beach Booze
Drink This
Mojito
160 calories
15 g sugars


Not That
Long Island Iced Tea
700 calories
40 g sugars


The LIT, the boozehound's libation of choice, is the absolute worst thing you can order at a bar. That's because it's loaded with five different liquors (gin, vodka, tequila, rum, and triple sec) and a huge hit of high-fructose corn syrup from the sweet-and-sour mix and Coke they use to drown out the strong liquor taste. One of these has more calories than a slice of cheesecake. Catch a similar buzz with a mojito. Thanks to a lighter hand with the liquor, this popular Cuban cocktail is a dramatic calorie saver—with healthy accents of fresh mint and a squeeze of lime.

Summer Cocktail
Drink This
Cosmopolitan
150 calories
12 g sugars


Not That
Margarita
500 calories
32 g sugars


Pre-made margarita mix, the neon green standard in most bars and restaurants, is essentially high-fructose corn syrup with a splash of artificial lime flavoring, making this warm-weather favorite a serious threat to your beach body this summer. Ask you bartender to shake up a real margarita—fresh lime juice, tequila, and a touch of sugar—or switch over to the cranberry-based Cosmo for dramatic caloric savings.

Classic Cocktail
Drink This
Bloody Mary
150 calories
10 g sugars


Not That
Pina Colada
625 calories
75 g sugars


Made from a blend of sickly-sweet pineapple juice and fat-riddled coconut milk, pina coladas may be this summer's biggest beach-body saboteurs. In fact, the only redeeming part of this drink is the garnish—that lonely chunk of pineapple hanging from the rim. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the brunch boozer's beverage of choice, the bloody mary, is one of the healthiest cocktails you can belly up to. You get a couple of servings of vegetables from the tomato juice, plus a healthy punch of lycopene, a potent cancer-fighting antioxidant. Keep the salt in check by asking for low-sodium tomato juice or V8.

Beer
Drink This
Guinness
126 calories
10 g carbohydrates


Not That
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
175 calories
12 g carbohydrates


Surprised? Most people think of Guinness as a beer milkshake: dark, thick, and rich enough to induce tremors of guilt in thirsty partakers. But a 12-ounce serving is as low in calories as some watery light beer selections and can save you up to 50 calories over other full-flavored brews like Sierra Nevada. Part of that comes from the alcohol percentage: Guinness has 4 percent alcohol, and the Pale Ale has 6 percent. Switch out a six-pack a week and you've just saved yourself nearly 7 pounds this year.
Light Beer
Drink This
Beck’s Premier Light
64 calories
4 g carbohydrates


Not That
Bud Light
110 calories
7 g carbohydrates


Think all light is right? Wrong. Beck’s Premier takes the crown for being the lowest-calorie beer we’ve found yet. In fact, it has fewer calories than many non-alcoholic beers. With most of the major brands—Bud, Miller, Michelob, Coors—weighing in at around 110 calories, you stand to save big by making Beck’s your cerveza of choice.

Coffee
Drink This
Double Espresso Macchiato
15 calories
0 g fat

Not That
Large Caffe Latte
190 calories
7 g fat


In the hierarchy of espresso drinks, lattes sit squarely at the bottom. That's because they're more milk than java, and are susceptible to huge pumps of sugary syrup from eager-to-please baristas. A macchiato gives the same caffeine kick for a tiny fraction of the caloric cost by swapping out the excess steamed milk for a thick crown of frothed milk. It's a simple but meaningful switch for caffeine junkies looking for a healthier fix.

Iced Coffee
Drink This
Dunkin’ Donuts Caramel Crème Iced Latte (16 oz)
260 calories
9 g fat
40 g sugar
s

Not That
Starbucks 2% Iced Dulce de Leche Latte (16 oz)
420 calories
16 g fat
52 g sugars


In the hierarchy of espresso drinks, lattes sit squarely at the bottom. That's because they're more milk than java, and are susceptible to huge pumps of sugary syrup from eager-to-please baristas. A macchiato gives the same caffeine kick for a tiny fraction of the caloric cost by swapping out the excess steamed milk for a thick crown of frothed milk. It's a simple but meaningful switch for caffeine junkies looking for a healthier fix.

Wintry Starbucks Treat
Drink This
Venti Starbucks Peppermint Café Au Lait
170 calories
5 g fat


Not That
Venti Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Latte
660 calories
22 g fat


People stopping off at Starbucks for a quick pick-me-up leave with a meal's worth of calories under their belt when they order this dubious drink. The latte packs just 100 fewer calories than a Whopper with a blood-sugar spiking mix of whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and high-fructose corn syrup. Instead, you can have a similarly great-tasting winter drink by ordering a low-cal cafe au lait and having the barista add a few squirts of peppermint syrup.
Protein Shakes
Drink This
Atkins Advantage Chocolate Delight Shake (11-oz can)
190 calories
5g fat
13 g sugars


Not That
Muscle Milk Chocolate Milk High Protein Shake (11-oz can)
240 calories
6 g fat
16 g sugars


Besides having less calories and sugar than Muscle Milk, the Atkins advantage packs 15 grams of protein and at least 30 percent of 14 different vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin A, folate, roboflavin, and thiamin.
Fruit Smoothie
Drink This
Jamba Juice Power Mega Mango
420 calories
97 g sugars


Not That
Jamba Juice Power Peanut Butter Moo'd
1,170 calories
169 g sugars
30 g fat


Jamba Juice calls Peanut Butter Moo’d a smoothie; we call it a milkshake, with more sugar than an entire bag of chocolate chips. (Note: We're pretty sure this is the drink Hollywood actors rely on when looking to put on 20 pounds for the role as a heavy!). The Mega Mango is made from 100 percent fruit, so it's lighter on the sugar and the calories, and heavier on the vitamins and the antioxidants.
Yogurt Smoothie
Drink This
Dannon Light & Fit Strawberry Banana Smoothie
70 calories
12 g sugars


Not That
Stonyfield Farm Organic Wild Berry Smoothie
150 calories
25 g sugars


The Stonyfield is smaller in size but has more than twice the calories and sugar of the Dannon Light. Don't be fooled by the "organic" in the name—this yogurt smoothie is thick with added sugars, which spikes your blood sugar and tells your body to start storing fat. (Definitely not the way you want to start your day.) The Dannon Light still gives you a nice protein kick to get your metabolism jumpstarted in the morning, but spares you the sickly sweetness that sinks the Stonyfield.

Iced Tea
Drink This
Honest Tea Green Dragon Tea
60 calories
10 g sugars


Not That
Arizona Iced Tea
200 calories
25 g sugars


Arizona Tea is a closer relative of the soft drink than the steeped beverage you read about in all of those health studies. That's because the beverage barons of Arizona have a heavy hand with the sugar, all but canceling out any of tea's formidable nutritional benefits. And in a recent analysis conducted by Men's Health, we found that Honest Tea packs more than six times the amount of metabolism-spiking, disease-fighting catechins as the Arizona calorie bomb.

Blended Fruit Drink
Drink This
Krispy Kreme Very Berry Chiller
290 calories
71 g sugars


Not That
Starbucks Venti Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino Blended Creme
750 calories
120 g sugars


Let’s get one thing straight: Neither of these are the healthy, fruit-based beverages they may masquerade as. Little to no fruit goes into either of these, and in the case of the Starbucks Frappuccino, this drinkable disaster contains as much sugar as four Snickers bars. The Krispy Kreme Chiller proves to be a more reasonable indulgence, with little of the excessive added sugar or whipped cream that plague most blended "fruit" drinks.

Source: MSN Health


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