Food

Is it time to rethink your drink?

Not all drinks are created equal! Check out these tips for staying on track.

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 adult’s 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… 

Water
It’s not just a ‘zero hero’ – water also 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. Check out our handy water bottles, available to buy in our online shop.

Tea
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 find a favourite at a juice bar – just make sure it doesn’t have added sugars or salts. 

Beware of fruit smoothies: while they are delicious and packed with vitamins and minerals, they count towards your SmartPoints Budget. Find out why here.