Low calorie summer drinks

By: Health Local Staff Jul 10, 2013
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Summer Drinks

It's sometimes hard to watch out for liquid calories. Here are 4 low-cal beverage options to keep you looking your best all summer long.

In the summer, it is hard to stay cool, while staying hot. You find yourself running around under the beaming sun, and sometimes, nothing tastes better than a sugary soda, a cold beer, or a iced cappuccino – all of these things may taste great, but they are chocked full of calories. Therefore, all of that running around you’re doing runs the risk of being cancelled out by one liquid indulgence. Lucky for you, there are some really wonderful refreshers you can enjoy without much of a calorie penalty at all.

Iced Coffee with Skim Milk
If you crave sweet – like a malt or even chocolate milk - when you get parched, a great iced treat to enjoy is an iced coffee with a few tablespoons of skim milk. If you need a sweetener, try truvia or stevia, both are natural, calorie-free, and tasty. If you crave the chocolate flavour more than a general sweetness, you can add a spoonful of chocolate syrup to your iced coffee concoction. Without sugar, coffee and skim milk amounts to somewhere around 25 calories. Each spoonful of sugar adds about 15 calories. Either way, you can easily keep this sweet treat under 100 calories.

Iced Tea
Iced Tea is a wonderfully refreshing drink to enjoy when the weather gets hot. You can enjoy great variety in the type of tea you brew, from green, to black, to white, to all varieties of herbal. Herbal teas range from spicy to fruity. A spoonful of honey adds only about 50 calories, a squeeze of lime adds a negligible number of calories to a tall glass of iced tea.

Club Soda with a Squeeze of Lime
Club Soda with a squeeze of fresh lime tastes super refreshing and immediately quenches your thirst for carbonation. This is a great way to suppress the desire for soda, which can be a dangerous temptation in the summer. When your day is done and you want a little extra fun, add a shot of vodka, gin, or clear rum for about 100 calories.

SkinnyGirl Margarita
Speaking of alcoholic drinks that you can enjoy with less guilt, the SkinnyGirl Margarita is a fantastic way to enjoy all of the taste of a margarita, with fewer calories, and no artificial colors and flavours. The pre-made drink comes in a fashionable fun SkinnyGirl bottle, or you can make your own at home. 4 ounces of the drink is only 100 calories. Enjoy this sweet and sour twist on the original all summer long. www.skinnygirlcocktails.com

SkinnyGirl Margarita Recipe:

  • 2oz clear premium tequila
  • splash of orange liqeur (like Grand Marnier or TripleSec)
  • juice of 4 fresh lime wedges
  • serve over ice

During the dog days of summer as the days are hot and the nights even hotter, you really can cool down and not bulk up. Iced Tea, Iced Coffee, Club Soda with lime and SkinnyGirl Margaritas are all great ways to indulge in the summer and maintain your girlish figure!

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