There’s nothing quite like catching up with friends over a coffee or a glass of wine – it’s a brilliant mood boost and a little treat, too. But if you want to lower your sugar intake, you might need to have a think about your drinks. A US study found that sugar-sweetened beverages on average accounted for about 200 calories of adults' daily energy intake. Cutting back could support your weight loss, but it will also make a big impact on your health. And while plain water still rules as a replacement, it’s not your only choice. Here are some of the options your body will thank you for...
It’s not just a ‘zero hero’ – water plays a big part in keeping you healthy by helping you stay hydrated. Avoid flavoured waters, which often have added sugars, and stick to slices of fresh lemon or lime instead. Keep a bottle on hand any time you need a refresh.
Green and black teas are packed with catechins, which are antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage. Unsweetened black tea won’t set you back any SmartPoints®, and counts towards your daily fluid intake.
Need an easy way to get your 5-a-day? Vegetable juices are full of nutrients and low in calories. Make your own or dnd a favourite at a juice bar – just make sure it doesn’t have added sugars or salts.
Milky drinks can help maintain bone health, which is brilliant for women over 50 who may be susceptible to osteoporosis. A skinny latte made with skimmed milk contains 80% of the calcium nutrient intake, so it’s great for health. Just skip the sugary additions.
Low-fat chocolate milk
When you’re working out at a moderate intensity, you probably don’t need that sports drink. But one study found that low-fat chocolate milk is as effective as a sports drink for replenishing muscle energy stores after exercise – and it’s lighter in SmartPoints, too.