15 Easy Ways to Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly

Guzzling extra calories can be easily avoided.

Use evaporated milk

0000Header-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_386895319Patipong Kantavong/ShutterstockLighten your coffee with evaporated non-fat milk instead of 2 tablespoons of French vanilla, nondairy creamer. Calories saved: 55

Cut down your soda intake

02-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_72682996Petr Malyshev/ShutterstockDrink a 12-ounce diet soda instead of regular soda. (Here are 10 reasons why you should avoid soda altogether). Calories saved: More than 100

Dabble in different milk options

01-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_151815866Bluehousestudio/ShutterstockHave a cup of skim milk instead of a cup of whole milk. Calories saved: 65

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Dilute your fruit juice

04-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly406266400Olga Pink/ShutterstockFill an 8-ounce glass with 4 ounces of juice and 4 ounces of water instead of all juice. These are the fruit juices with the most health benefits. Calories saved: 50

Switch wine for sparkling water.

05-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_425143765Elena Veselova/ShutterstockOpt for a tumbler of cherry-flavored sparkling water, instead of a 5-ounce goblet of wine.  Calories saved: 100

Hold the sugar on the hot chocolate

06-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_524113969Foxys Forest Manufacture/ShutterstockIn the mood for hot chocolate? Add a sugar-free packet to your 2% milk, rather than sugar. Calories saved: 60

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Don't add whipped cream

31014425307-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_310144253canbedone/ShutterstockHold the whipped cream on any coffee or beverage. Calories saved: 50

Smoothies? Make your own.

08-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_389664550Luna Vandoorne/ShutterstockBlend 1 cup of skim milk, 1/2 cup of strawberries, and 1/2 of a medium frozen banana, rather than buying a commercial milkshake. (Here are 7 fresh vegan smoothie recipes). Calories saved: 100

Switch up your soy milk

03-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_428647612AleksandraN/ShutterstockTried soy milk? Replace 1 cup of whole milk with a 1 cup of vanilla soy milk.  Calories saved: 50

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Make your own root beer

10-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_176142908Brent Hofacker/ShutterstockMake your own root beer float instead of buying one at the ice cream parlor. Pour a can of diet root beer over a scoop of vanilla ice cream—don't forget the straw. Calories saved: 100

Drink vegetable juice

11-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_627993329Alina G/ShutterstockInstead of fruit juice, have a V-8. (Here's how to eat more vegetables without even trying). Calories saved: 60

Don't drink dark beer

12-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_575539117Kirill Z/ShutterstockChoose light beer over dark beer.  Calories saved: 50

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Simplify your tea

13-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_406965016Elena Zajchikova/ShutterstockEnjoy a cup of black tea without the sugar. Better yet, try green tea, hot or cold. This is how to steep your tea like a pro. Calories saved: 15 per teaspoon of sugar

Minimize your milkshakes

14-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly_526826587Africa Studio/ShutterstockSwap a small chocolate milkshake for an 8-ounce carton of chocolate milk. Calories saved: 75

Alternate your breakfast option

15-15 Easy Ways To Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly-472448020uduhunt/Shutterstock65Try a packet of strawberry Carnation Instant Breakfast made with 2% milk instead of whole milk.  Calories saved: 65 (For more drink inspiration, check out our 7 No-Calories, All-Natural Drinks).

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