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Don’t Drink Your Calories

Choose what you drink wisely to help you lose weight.

from Reverse Diabetes

Don’t ruin your diet with empty calories from sugary drinks. Here are 15 ideas for drinks that are diet and figure-friendly.

1. Lighten your coffee with evaporated nonfat milk instead of 2 tablespoons of French vanilla, nondairy creamer. Calories saved: 55

2. Drink a 12-ounce diet soda instead of regular soda. Calories saved: More than 100

3. Have a cup of skim milk instead of a cup of whole milk. Calories saved: 65

4. Dilute your fruit juice. Fill an 8-ounce glass with 4 ounces of juice and 4 ounces of water instead of all juice. Calories saved: 50

5. Opt for a tumbler of cherry-flavored sparkling water, instead of a 5-ounce goblet of wine. Calories saved: 100

6. In the mood for hot chocolate? Add a sugar-free packet to your 2% milk, rather than sugar. Calories saved: 60

7. Hold the whipped cream on any coffee or beverage. Calories saved: 50

8. Smoothies? Make your own: Blend 1 cup of skim milk, 1/2 cup of strawberries, and 1/2 of a medium frozen banana, rather than buying a commercial milkshake. Calories saved: 100

9. Tried soymilk? Replace 1 cup of whole milk with a 1 cup of vanilla soymilk. Calories saved: 50

10. Make 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

11. Instead of fruit juice, have a V-8. Calories saved: 60

12. Choose light beer over dark beer. Calories saved: 50

13. Enjoy a cup of black tea without the sugar — better yet, try green tea, hot or cold. Calories saved: 15 per teaspoon of sugar

14. Swap a small chocolate milkshake for an 8-ounce carton of chocolate milk. Calories saved: 75

15. Try a packet of strawberry Carnation Instant Breakfast made with 2% milk instead of whole milk. Calories saved: 65

Plus: 7 No-Calories, All-Natural Drinks

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