What Not To Drink
Those seemingly innocent specialty coffees and fruit-based cocktails that you’ve convinced yourself are healthy because of the fruit could be the very bane of your weight loss efforts. Here are the five most fattening drinks of all time and five healthy beverage alternatives that are just as satisfying for far fewer calories.
Starbucks' Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino® Blended Beverage
Want to know how many calories are brewing in that whipped cream topped specialty coffee you order every morning on the way to work? Visit www.Starbucks.com and check out the customizable nutrition information section. You may be shocked to find out that your usual drink nears half of your recommended daily calories and perhaps exceeds your daily fat recommendations. For example, the Venti Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino® Blended Beverage made with whole milk and whipped cream boasts 520 calories, 23 grams of fat, and a whopping 68 grams of sugar.
Healthy alternative: You can simply order the Chocolate Chip Frap as a grande, made with nonfat milk and no whipped cream; it rings in at half the calories and only 4 grams of fat, yet still packs 49 grams of sugar. An even better bet is the tall Caffè Mocha (no whipped cream), which is only 170 calories and 2 grams of fat.
Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie
A smoothie seems to be a diet-friendly alternative compared to a Denny's Grand Slam breakfast, but choose the wrong smoothie and you might as well be sitting down to eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns. Peruse the nutritional information at www.JambaJuice.com and you'll find plenty of healthy orders. The Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie is not one of them. This monster of a tasty drink bulges in at 770 calories (for original), 20 grams of fat, and 108 grams of sugar.
Healthy alternative: The 16-ounce size Protein Berry Workout Smoothie grooves in at only 280 calories, 0 grams of fat, 42 grams sugar, and a healthy 17 grams of protein.
McDonald's Chocolate Triple Thick Shake
Perhaps the most fattening beverage, McDonald's Chocolate Triple Thick Shake (32-ounces) rolls in at a frightening 1160 calories, 27 grams of fat, and 168 grams of sugar. And the truth is, you won't feel like you just consumed over half of your recommended daily calories. If you check out the nutrition information at www.McDonalds.com, you'll find you could have eaten a burger and fries for about 500 calories.
Healthy alternative: If it's a sweet drink you desire, opt for a small Iced Coffee Hazelnut, a skinny drink with only 130 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 21 grams of sugar.
One of the more popular cocktails, margaritas are certainly nowhere near the healthiest choice for drinks. Though calorie count will vary from bar to bar, an average margarita can run about 800 calories with loads of sugar. Why? Most are made with a sugar heavy premix on top of ample hard liquor.
Healthy alternative: If it's fruit you're craving, try a Cosmopolitan made with vodka, cranberry juice, and a squeeze of lime. You're only looking at about 150 calories, which means you can have more than one and still fit in your jeans.
Long Island Iced Tea
Iced tea may naturally be a diet-friendly drink, but add five different kinds of alcohol, sweetened premix, and cola and you've got a bar order calorie bomb. Averaging in at around 800 calories, you may want to ask yourself if this waist-wrecking cocktail is worth it.
Healthy alternative: Sip a genuine tea-based (and healthy) cocktail. The Zen Green Tea Liqueur can be sipped straight at room temperature or enjoyed straight over ice. The result is a truly Zen drink experience and the health benefits of Matcha.
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