Is it time to rethink your drink?

Not all drinks are created equal! Here’s a rundown of top tipples, and some tips for staying on track
Published October 24, 2016

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.

Vegetable juice

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.

Skinny latte

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.