Summertime has arrived, and that means the weather outside is quickly warming up! After spending a long day out in the sweltering summer sun, it might be tempting to grab the nearest icy beverage to help cool off. However, some of the most popular summertime beverages have a surprising amount of hidden sugars and unhealthy additives. In fact, from cocktails to snowballs, oftentimes these sweet and icy drinks can contain an entire meal’s worth of calories but offer minimal nutritional value. For example, one Starbuck’s Frappucino can have anywhere from 180 to 600 calories! That’s more than what’s recommended for the average healthy lunch.
While occasionally indulging in these drinks can certainly be a sweet treat, there are also plenty of healthier alternatives to these cold beverages that can help you (and your family) beat the summer heat. Nutrition alternatives such as flavored waters and teas contain far less sugar and calories but are just as delicious, satisfying and convenient to grab when you’re on the go. With a little preparation and creativity, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a healthy and refreshing drink that is just as good for you as it tastes. Click here to read my June newsletter and find out which beverages to avoid and get 5 healthy alternatives.