Liquid calories - waisted
Calorie-laden drinks may feel great on your taste buds but they are not good for your waistline. Even though many drinks contain the same amount of calories as a decent sized snack, they don’t contribute to your food satisfaction, and therefore likely won’t decrease the amount of food you choose over the course of the day.
Choose your drinks wisely with these tips to help you re-think your drink.
Drink more water
Water is the best thirst quencher by far. If you hydrate properly you won’t eat food when your body is really just thirsty.
Only 100% real fruit juice
If you read “beverage, drink or punch” on the label, it is mostly sugar water.
Choose milk over pop
Milk has an appetite controlling protein and is loaded in nutrients.
Dilute your juice
If you just can’t do without juice, try diluting it with water, either plain or carbonated.
Choose smaller amounts, or if your favorite beverage only comes in one size, share it with a friend or bargain with yourself to only drink half and save the rest for the next day.
What’s in your coffee?
Java junkies can choose to add low fat or fat free milks. Also, limit the occasions when you add syrups, sugar-laden creamers or whip cream.
Moderate alcohol intake
If you drink alcohol, moderation is the key. Health Canada recommends not more than two drinks daily for men and not more than one drink daily for women.
Stock your fridge
By purchasing sugar-laden drinks less often, you’ll naturally drink healthier choices.
For individual nutrition appointments call the Health Centre (SU 020) at 403-329-2484. All sessions are $20 for U of L students and employees.
Diane Britton is the University of Lethbridge’s on-campus registered dietitian