Fabulous, Low-Fat Frozen Drinks
Chill out with these lower-cal concoctions
At the Smoothie Stand
We flock in numbers to smoothie/juice stands such as Planet Smoothie,
Smoothie King, and Jamba Juice to enjoy concoctions with catchy names like
Caribbean Passion or Mango A Go Go. Some of these refreshing drinks are low in
calories and high in nutrients -- but others serve up as many as 600 calories
To make a healthy choice, choose a drink with fresh fruit, fruit juice,
low-fat yogurt, milk, or tofu. Stay clear of high-calorie ingredients such as
turbinado (a fancy name for sugar), protein powder, peanut butter, ice cream,
and whole milk. And to bring the portion into the normal range, split the 12-
or 16-ounce drink with a friend. Journal a half portion of a healthy-choice
smoothie as 8-ounce meal replacement drink, and enjoy!
At a Coffeehouse
We can't seem to get enough coffee and tea served up specialty-style at
gathering spots such as Starbucks and Caribou. The good news is you can have it
your way: Order your beverage with skim or soy milk, and without whipped cream
or special flavorings. Also, be sure to have a small portion, pass on the added
flavoring syrups and whipped cream, and use low-fat milk and artificial
sweeteners, if any.
An 8-ounce, skim-milk Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee without
whipped cream from Starbucks ranges from 100 to 220 calories, depending on
added flavorings. The best bets at Starbuck's are Espresso or Coffee
Frappuccino Light (count as an 8-ounce specialty coffee with nonfat milk
and no whipped cream).
If you prefer another drink, be sure to ask for a brochure with nutritional
information so you can make a wise choice. Even if you order them
"skinny" and leave off the whipped cream, some drinks still pack quite
a caloric punch -- witness the whopping 550 calories in a 16-ounce Mint
Mocha Chip Frappuccino.
Frozen Concoctions With a Kick
Frozen alcoholic drinks can be a tasty treat, but they also tend to be
loaded with calories. Most alcoholic drinks contain 200-400 calories per
serving, thanks to both the alcohol and the mixers. And because frozen drinks
go down easily, they can go right to your head in the summer heat.
So first satisfy your thirst with a big glass of water, then slowly sip on
your frozen treat (make sure to keep your portion small). Looking for a
refreshing drink with fewer calories? Ask for the frozen concoction
without the alcohol. Or try a sangria or wine spritzer; both are
refreshing, yet lower in calories and alcohol. Journal most 4-ounce frozen
alcoholic drinks as sweetened mixed drinks.
No-Calorie Iced Drinks
Drinks don't have to be frozen to be icy and refreshing. Make sun tea by
infusing an interesting green, black, or herbal tea in a covered water jug left
out on the porch for a few hours. Add ice and a sprig of fresh mint, and enjoy
your sun-splashed, calorie-free tea to cool down hot summer days and
The effervescence of sparkling water makes it a great thirst-quencher. Try
the calorie-free flavored versions over ice, or spike unflavored types with
cucumber, citrus, or fresh herbs like mint or rosemary.
It's vital to get enough fluids, especially during the heat of summer.
Satisfy your thirst with no-calorie choices, and enjoy the tasty delight of a
frozen drink for a quick meal or treat. Frozen and coffee drinks can fit
into a healthy eating plan -- as long as you keep them light.