Some of those tasty summer drinks can cost you an outrageous number of calories. Here are seven diet friendly concoctions that can help you beat the heat.
1. Iced Herbal Tea
Skip the sweetener by making a fruity herbal tea, like blueberry, passion fruit, or cherry and berry flavored teas, and chilling it in the fridge. Not only is the color fun, but the flavor is off the charts! For a little added sweetness, throw in a sweet slice of orange.
2. Iced Coffee
All of those chilly coffee house drinks can load you up on the calories, especially if you are adding flavored syrups. Try blending your leftover morning java with vanilla flavored soy milk and ice for a frosty coffee beverage. Coffee itself has only about five calories in a cup, so go easy on what you add!
3. Skinny Smoothies
Smoothie shop drinks are usually high in calories. Or if they are low-cal, they may contain a variety of artificial, processed ingredients. Save some cash and calories by making your own. Combine a banana, 1/4 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup of milk, 4 oz of low-calorie vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt and a few handfuls of berries. Add one cup of crushed ice for a lower calorie, antioxidant-packed frosty smoothie. All of those additions make this a higher calorie drink, but at about 200 calories per serving (this serves two), it makes a great post-workout snack.
4. Water with a Kick
Water with lemon is a calorie-free restaurant favorite. Fight boredom by adding a few slices of cucumber or add fresh mint and lime to your water glass.
5. Shake It Up
If everyone is drinking cool milk shakes, don't feel like you have to be left out of the creamy, cold fun. You can make your own in the blender. Add one pack of Carnation Instant Breakfast. Choose any flavor that has no sugar added. Add one cup of skim milk and one cup of ice cubes. Blend into a frothy shake. This sweet treat can serve as a lower calorie dessert. One serving only packs about 150 calories.
6. Berry Bellinis
Antioxidants abound in this champagne drink. Mash a few of your favorite berries in the bottom of a champagne flute with the long end of a wooden spoon. Try the delicious combination of blueberries and raspberries. Top with some champagne for a flavorful and sophisticated drink.
7. Citrus Cooler
Part wine spritzer, part vitamin C fest, this drink is refreshing and delicious. Slice an orange, a lemon, and a lime. Squeeze one slice of each fruit into a wine glass and top with white wine. Pour in a little soda water for bubbles, add ice and enjoy. Sparkling wine can take the place of the two separate beverages if you have some on hand. The calorie-fee soda water cuts the usual 100-120 calories in a glass of wine.