What you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and offer little or no nutrients but too much fat and too many calories. Here are some tips to help you make better beverage choices.
1- Drink water
Drink water instead of sugary drinks when you’re thirsty. Regular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar, which provides more calories than needed. To maintain a healthy weight, sip water or other drinks with few or no calories.
2- How much water is enough?
Let your thirst be your guide. Water is an important nutrient for the body, but everyone’s needs are different.
3- A thrifty option
Water is usually easy on the wallet. You can save money by drinking water from the tap at home or when eating out.
4- Manage your calories
Drink water with and between your meals.
Adults and children take in about 400 calories per day as beverages—drinking water can help you manage your calories.
5- Kid-Friendly drink zone
Make water, low-fat milk or fat-free milk, or 100% juice an easy option in your home. Have ready-to-go containers filled with water or healthy drinks available in the refrigerator.
6- Don’t forget your dairy
When you choose milk or milk alternatives, select low-fat or fat-free milk or fortified soymilk. Each type of milk offers the same key nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, but the number of calories are very different.
7- Enjoy your beverage
When water just won’t do—enjoy the beverage of your choice, but just cut back.
8- Water on the go
Water is always convenient. Fill a clean, reusable water bottle and toss it in your bag to quench your thirst throughout the day.
9- Check the facts
Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose beverages at the grocery store
10- Compare what you drink
Food-A-Pedia, an online feature available at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov/SuperTracker, can help you compare calories, added sugars, and fats in your favorite beverages.
Brought to you by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County Source: www.ChooseMyPlate DG TipSheet No. 19 May 2012