A diet of nothing but lean protein and veggies won’t do you any good if you’re washing it down with tons of calorie-laden beverages. Rice milk, vitamin water and flavored coffees may sound healthy, but they are among the worst offenders. Keep these drinks out of your fridge, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier tomorrow.
Cow’s milk often gets a bad rap, whether for its fat content, or its hormones. While those may all be valid concerns, many milk substitutes have problems of their own. Rice milk, in particular, is essentially just starchy water; if it isn’t fortified, it provides virtually nothing in the way of protein or vitamins. Much like soda, rice milk only promises empty calories.
Vitamin Water, while it sounds healthy, has an average of 13.2 grams of sugar per eight-ounce serving and 48 calories. Keep in mind, there are 2.5 servings in each bottle so if you grab one to sip, you’ll be consuming 120 calories and 33 grams of sugar in just one sitting. That’s almost as much sugar as a can of Coke! So next time you are in the mood from something less bland than water, simply take a lemon or lime and squeeze it into your water for that extra kick without the extra sugars!
A small cup of coffee is low in calories and healthy. But some of those flavored coffee creations you find at coffee shops can be bad news for your waistline. Flavored lattes—especially the seasonal offerings—are some of the biggest offenders. A Caramel Brûlée Latte of the same size has even more calories (340), 11 grams of fat, 52 grams of carbohydrates and 40 grams of sugar. To put those numbers in perspective, drinking one of those lattes will provide you with more fat than you’d get from five Rice Krispy Treats, and roughly the same amount of sugar as you’d find in a can of soda.
Rice milk, vitamin water and flavored coffees have two major commonalities. Great taste, and poor nutritional value. Because you work so hard to eat healthily, do not let the trap of drinking unhealthy “health” drinks derail you! Both what you eat and drink matters, so be just as diligent about your drinks as you are about your food choices!