With so much focus put on food, we often overlook what's in our drinks are and how healthy they actually are. The shocking thing is sometimes our drinks contain more calories and sugar than our food...
Did you know that a can of tonic water has 34 grams of sugar? That's more sugar than recommended for an entire day. A 20 ounce bottle of Vitamin Water has about the same - meaning you are getting way more sugar than vitamins!
Fruit juice is another high sugar culprit. Many people consider fruit juice healthy - especially when the package claims it is 100% juice - however it is honestly loaded with sugar! Here's the difference...when you eat a whole fruit you eat the sugar plus the fibe which changes how your body digests and deals with it - basically slowing it down and keeping insulin levels regulated. When you drink the juice without the fibre it causes your blood sugar to spike and insulin levels to rise. The conclusion? Eat a whole piece of fruit instead of juice to actually get all the health benefits.
I'm sure you have heard of the crazy high calories in Starbucks and other food/drink chain specialty drinks...and what you've heard is correct - a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte with Soy Milk from Starbucks is 310 calories!!! And that's without whip cream!!! Any coffee or tea drink that has sweetener, dairy or a dairy substitute in it is guaranteed to be loaded with sugar and calories. And trust me - those are empty calories, you are going to be hungry as soon as that sugar high wears off. Why? Because there is no fibre or protein to keep you feeling full and keep your energy steady.
So what should you drink to keep your sugar and calories low?
Greeen tea, herbal tea or black coffee as is - no sugar, sweetener or milk/milk substitute
A glass of red wine or a vodka or gin with soda water - tonic water, fruit juice and pop are full of sugar = empty calories
Pick the smoothie that has more vegetables than fruit and more protein than sweeteners - and choose one that doesn't have fruit juice as a base
Keep a big glass of water at your desk so you can sip on it throughout the day - this will also help keep you from snacking. Add some lemon or cucumbers for natrual flavour. Keep a stash of tea bags at your desk if you feel like something different than water.
Remember to read labels and check nutrition - you are in charge of what you put in your body so why not make the healthiest choice...