Put down the cup and walk away.
Here are 6 drinks to stop drinking right now. They are loaded in sneaky sugar and are adding empty, extra calories to your day. Take a pass on these!
Juice: is a fast way to add empty calories to your day. One cup of OJ (whether it’s fresh squeezed, cold pressed, or from the carton at the supermarket) is equal to 6 oranges (yikes). That is about 3 times the amount of fruit you should have throughout the entire day. Instead, have a piece of fresh fruit with breakfast and drink water with a slice of orange in it for the taste.
Pre-Packaged Smoothies: these guys are a hard stop. Even when they claim to have “no sugar added” they are made from fruit puree, which is excess sugar by a different name. Ditch these fast and instead make your own smoothies, like this one!
Sweetened Plant Milks: I am a big fan of the plant-based milks, but stick to the unsweetened versions only, otherwise you are just loading up on calories. (some favorites: hemp, rice, almond, cashew, hazelnut, and macadamia milks.) Plus, plant-based milks are lower in protein than animal or soy-milk, you will be doubly missing out with the added sugar versions. Grab the ones labeled unsweetened and sip healthfully.
Sugary Coffee Drinks: the frappuccinos, mochaccinos, and the like, are loaded with up to 1,000 calories in one drink! The only suitable ‘cino out there, is a cappuccino (espresso and milk). Unless you are having it as a dessert, your coffee does not need sugary syrups, whipped toppings, chocolate shavings or caramel drizzles. This amount of sugar will only make you crash and burn when the high wears off, leaving you sluggish and hungry. If you’re looking to sweeten up your regular cup of joe, add animal or unsweetened soy-milk, you’ll get both natural sweetness and protein.
Soda: dark colas, clear sodas, tonic water and ginger ale all make this drinks to stop drinking list. A 16-ounce soda has about 13 teaspoons of sugar, that is more than double the daily recommended amount by the American Heart Association, which will contribute to weight gain, cavities, diabetes, and many other chronic illnesses. Even the diet versions should be avoided, they may not be adding calories from sugar but they are making you crave more sweetness throughout the day and add extra calories by leading you to over eat later on. The same goes for the artificially sweetened sparkling “water”. Water should have no additives. Period.
Sports Drinks: are you a high-performance athlete? If yes, then carry on. If not, you do not need an electrolyte replacement drinks to keep you fueled for that 45 minute spin class or hour run. These drinks are designed for athletes who need to stay energized and hydrated from the right balance of readily available carbs (sugar) and to replenish minerals (sodium, potassium, chloride). For you, they will only add calories to whatever you just tried to burn off and can make you bloated or nauseous if you have a sensitive stomach. Avoid them and stick to water.