Choosing beverages

Lemon half splashing into water.Staying hydrated is important, especially during these hot months. However, many drinks have a lot of sugar and calories, and people often forget about these “liquid calories.” You don’t need to give up sweet drinks entirely, but try replacing some of them with lower calorie beverages to reduce excess calories. Simple water is an inexpensive and calorie-free option, and you can flavor it at home with lemon or other fresh fruit. Try making your own iced tea at home, too. You can use any type of tea – black, green, herbal, flavored – and you can drink it unsweetened or just lightly sweetened. For a creamy tea drink, add several chai (spiced) tea bags to low-fat or fat-free milk. Steep in the fridge for about 24 hours and then sweeten it lightly. Stay hydrated this summer without adding extra calories!

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