Sometimes it’s difficult for even the most health conscious to catch all the hidden calories in their diet. Calories can add up in unexpected places and the most common places we forget to check are the drinks we love dearly. Here are a few common high-calorie beverages that can add up over the year, as well as healthy alternatives to help you stay on track.
1. The Morning Orange Juice
Bright and early in the morning, a large glass of orange juice seems like a great choice next to your english muffin and morning paper. The truth is, orange juice is filled with added sugar and calories. In fact, a standard 12 ounce serving is roughly 170 calories and 30 grams of sugar. One glass of this daily, will put your annual total at about 62,000 calories, and 11,000 grams of sugar!
As a healthy alternative, something vegetable-based, like tomato juice will supply you with much more nutrient value, without all the added sugar. If you still prefer something sweet, try fruit infused water as a way to keep your taste buds happy, without all the extra calories!
2. The Daily Latte
Coffee chains are on every corner, and sometimes we just need that cup of joe. It’s easy to get carried away when we see all the delicious options on the menu, but be careful, many of these items are packed with enough calories to be it’s own meal! At a leading coffee chain, a large specialty drink can run you up to 700 calories and 130g of carbohydrates (sugar, etc). One of these daily, will run you over 255,000 extra calories and 47,000 grams of carbohydrates per year!
As a healthy alternative, start by brewing a pot of coffee at home before you leave, or at the office. Add a little almond milk, and voila -- a tasty coffee beverage at very small fraction of the calories and sugar. If you find yourself in line at the coffee shop, try asking for the drink without added syrups or toppings!
3. The Afternoon Soda
It’s 2pm and you’re reaching for your daily can of cola. While you know soda isn’t healthy it’s probably worse than you realize. Sugary sodas like these can have up to 200 calories and over 50g of sugar per 12 ounce serving.
As a healthy alternative, try some naturally flavored sparkling water. It’s refreshing without any sugar or calories. Cutting out one can of soda per day will save you up to 73,000 calories and 18,000 grams of sugar every year.
4. The Happy Hour Cocktail
After a long day at the office, you may find yourself looking to sit back and enjoy a cocktail with some friends. Occasional drinking is probably alright as long as you pay attention to the contents and portion sizes of the drink. For someone who enjoys a ‘Long Island Iced Tea’, you might be surprised to hear that the beverage can have up to 750 calories!
Indulging while remaining health conscious is possible. As a healthy alternative, sip on a glass of red wine. Your beverage calories will drop significantly down to roughly 85 calories. Studies also suggest additional health benefits linked to the occasional glass of wine.
Being aware of calories in the beverages you consume is another tool you can use for your fitness plan. By combining this with healthy exercise and a natural supplement like Meratrim, you will be well on your way to achieving your weight loss goals!