Low-Calorie Summer Sippers
Let's drink to summer -- the healthy way
Coffee House Hints continued...
2. Nonfat milk is the milk of choice. Asking for nonfat milk in your
coffee drinks helps bring down the calories and fat while boosting the protein
and calcium. Example: A "tall" Iced Caffe Mocha from Starbucks with
nonfat milk has 130 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. The same drink made with
whole milk has 170 calories and 6 grams fat.
3. When choosing a coffee with calories, order the smallest size
available. Example: A "tall" Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino (no whip
and with nonfat milk) has 210 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. A "Venti"
size of the same drink totals 390 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.
Fruit Juice Fun
If a no-calorie beverage just won't do, 100% fruit juice is a good choice
because it contains some nutrients, such as vitamin C, phytochemicals, fiber,
and folic acid. But the calories can still add up if you have a tall glass of
Cut the calories in your fruit juice in half by blending it with some
zero-calorie seltzer water, club soda, or mineral water. One of my favorite
juice spritzers is 1/2 cup of mango or passion fruit juice/nectar blended with
1/2 cup of seltzer water.
Warning: Make sure when you are buying flavored mineral waters and seltzers
that they have zero calories. Some of the brands are sweetened as well as
Here are some recipes for more cool and low-cal summer beverages.
Lemon Cucumber Seltzer
Journal as: No need to journal because it contributes 0
8 cups seltzer water (or substitute club soda or mineral
24 slices cucumber, with or without peel (about 1/2 of a large cucumber)
16 slices lemon (about two lemons)
- Pour 8 cups seltzer water into a clear pitcher. Add the cucumber and lemon
slices and two trays of ice cubes. Stirring occasionally, let the ingredients
chill together for about 10 minutes before serving.
- When you pour into glasses, make sure each serving gets some ice cubes,
several slices of cucumber, and a couple of slices of lemon.
Yield: 1 pitcher (about 8 servings)
Per serving: 0 calories, 0 g protein, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 g
fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 40 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 0%.