In a previous blog we spoke about Alcohol, the empty calories associated with it and how most of us underestimate how much we are drinking and therefore how many extra calories we are consuming. We also can’t forget that drinks such as soft drinks, fruit juices, coffee, and energy drinks are also loaded with calories. For example:
- A 250ml glass of soft drink = 105 calories, 36g of sugar
- A 250ml glass of iced tea = 70 calories, 24g of sugar
- A 250 ml fruit smoothie = 135 calories, 40g of sugar
- A 250ml glass of Orange juice = 115 calories, 32g of sugar
- A 250 ml energy drink = 116 calories, 36g of sugar
- A 250 ml Caffe Latte = 136 calories, 10g of sugar
So aim to reduce or eliminate all sugary drinks and alcohol, and aim to drink at least 2 litres of water per day or at least a less sugary alternative like:
- Naturally flavoured water using fresh berries, citrus fruits like oranges, lemons or limes or even ginger and herbs like mint.
- Homemade iced tea without the sugar
- Coconut water – although it’s not calorie free, it can be a better alternative. Just check the labels for any added sugar, but most are around 25 calories for a 250ml glass
- Homemade smoothies – using vegies and a bit of fruit, with almond milk, coconut water or plain old water. Freezing your diced fruits and vegies are a good way to make a thick and creamy smoothie!
Drinking lower calorie alternatives, particularly water can have lots of benefits, including:
- Reducing the number of calories you are consuming
- Replenishing the body which can reduce fatigue and headaches and improve mood and performance
- Adequately quench your thirst
- Help boost your metabolism so you burn more calories each day
And with today’s fast paced lifestyle, we often forget to stop and drink. So try to bring along a bottle of water wherever you go to help you stay hydrated!