Happy Tuesday Foodies, here's a list of drinks that you should not even dare to drink them and reasons below :-)
Juice- Whether it's "fresh squeezed" or pasteurized and from a carton, juice is a quick way to add calories. How? One cup of orange juice can have as many calories as six oranges (whoa!), as well as sugar. While not all juice is created equal (i.e. fresh squeezed is better than concentrate), an eight ounce glass can set you back about 120 to 150 calories. Instead: Have a piece of fruit with breakfast — the pulp will help fill you up and give you fiber — and drink water with a slice of citrus.
Sugary Coffee Drinks- Frappuccino, Dunkaccino, mochaccino: They're all bursting with sugar and calories — up to 1,000 of them. The only waistline-friendly 'cino worth having is a cappuccino (just espresso and milk). So unless you're actively making a coffee beverage your dessert, avoid sugary syrups, whipped toppings, chocolate shavings, and caramel "drizzles." Plus, though they contain caffeine, you'll feel an extra crash and burn once the sugar high wears off.
Premixed Alcohol Drinks- Premixed cocktails are what I like to call a hangover in a bottle. (Margaritas, daquiris, sour-mix, and pina coladas, I'm looking at you.) Not only do they often include icky preservatives, the added sugar from mixers can make you super thirsty by expediting the dehydration that already happens when you drink booze. Skip the mixers and make your own margs from scratch. Or try my simple favorite: Your spirit-of-choice on the rocks or with club soda
Protein Shakes- Are you an Olympic athlete? If the answer is yes, you can have a pre-made protein shake — only when you're in a pinch! — to meet your energy needs. If you're not, then skip these. Muscle milks and powdered shakes tend to be loaded with sugar and unnecessary nutrients. (And can we agree they taste like Elmer's glue?) A good rule of thumb: Drink your water, eat your protein. Traditional sources like milk, yogurt, eggs, seafood, chicken, and leaf beef are always a better bet
If you're not a high-performance athlete, you don't need an electrolyte replacement drink to help you stay fueled and at the top of your game. Your half hour on the elliptical does not warrant a 24 ounce Gatorade-guzzle before you hit the showers. These drinks are designed to help athletes stay energized and appropriately hydrated from the right balance of readily available carbs (sugar) and replete minerals (sodium, potassium, and chloride). They'll add calories, and if you have a sensitive tummy, they may also make you a little nauseous. Stick with water.