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Danger Drinks and Healthy Alternatives

Healthy Eating Goes Beyond the Food You Eat


  • All of the yummy coffee drinks are enormous sugar and calorie bueno! I am a girl who looOooOves coffee, and I typically drink it black. However, having a son once employed as a barista, I know that almost ALL drinks can be made in a skinnier version and can be made with sugar free syrups...sans whipped topping as well. Some would balk at the sugar free syrups, yet I have so little of it (we are talking rare treat) that I am okay with it. On a daily basis I have switched to unsweetened almond milk as a way to cut carbs, sugar and calories. Otherwise, I don't drink my calories...I am a girl who loves to eat tooOoO much. - 9/26/2015 7:31:22 AM
    My guilty pleasure are the cheap, sweet cappuccinos at gas stations. I finally decided to take a look at the nutritional facts, and holy cow. That drink accounts for almost half my daily calories if I get a large. As you said in your post, I'll be more conscious of what I put in my coffee. I'll save those cappuccinos as a rare treat, but for now I'll use healthy creamers and calorie free sweeteners. Thanks for sharing! - 5/28/2015 10:37:46 AM
    When my family wants to eat at McD's or anywhere else that offers tea, I fill 1/4 of the cup with the Sweet Tea and fill the rest of the cup with Unsweetened Tea. Still tastes sweet and takes the bitter out of the unsweet tea. - 2/11/2015 3:36:48 PM
  • Didn't they find that lower fat versions of milk and milk products contain other questionable ingredients to make up for the fat/flavor loss? I do not drink Milk, but I have found that when I use cream, I use real half and half and I use less than if I used a "low fat" version of it. It is all a gimmick to get us hooked on whatever they can. They lie to us and tell us things are healthy all the time. We are rats in a big unorthodox experiment and until we open our eyes and realize anything packaged is likely not good for us! - 1/21/2015 11:28:19 AM
    I would advocate lowfat over skim milk. - 2/23/2014 2:22:55 PM
    A nice drink for summer is a jug of plain water with a sliced lemon and a handful of mint leaves added and kept in the fridge. The flavour is pleasant , refreshing, and not to strong. - 11/19/2013 5:43:12 AM
    Presumably when you talk of soda you mean something like lemonade or orangeade, fizzy sickly drinks. Soda to us Aussies is carbonated water with no sugar whatsoever. I hope this is reasonably healthy though I know that some people think that the fizziness is not healthy. I wonder why? - 11/19/2013 5:36:50 AM
  • Very interesting. A study in my newspaper this morning (3/20/13) said that skim milk contributed more to obesity in children than whole milk. The rationale was that skim milk did not make them feel "full" so they ate high fat snacks to satisfy their hunger. A Very interesting study... Made me think, "God knew what He was doing when He created milk." :) - 3/20/2013 2:59:08 PM
  • Replace milkshakes with smoothies? No thanks. While smoothies made at home may be better for you, so are milkshakes made at home...and a smoothie from some place like Jamba Juice might be absolutely DEVASTATING when it comes to calories. - 3/20/2013 12:28:53 PM
  • Besides alcohol, I think I do pretty good. I drink beer rather regularly, but not excessively. Usually one or two a day a couple times a week. Beer is just one of those things I could never give up entirely. Other than that I mostly drink water, plain tea, and black coffee, and sometimes I'll make a fruit smoothie or have fruit juice, and rarely will I have a low sugar soda. - 3/20/2013 10:57:39 AM
  • Any thoughts on Simply Lemonade or Raspberry flavor? I drink water and a lot of fresh fruit green smoothies but since we stopped by coke I use SL to fill that void. - 3/16/2013 1:05:18 PM
  • BB19861
    I just tried a great all natural clear liquid water infusion product called Water Sensation, it really tastes great and their is nothing artifical in the product. Go to for free samples!!! - 2/11/2013 12:58:59 PM
  • ROBYN878
    I agree juice contain to many artificial flavorings

    - 10/21/2012 5:46:07 PM
  • Thank you DANASEILHAN for pointing out that low-fat and skim milk are NOT the better alternatives to whole milk. I have said for years that the only time that low fat and skim milks are better than whole milk is in a beaker. Vitamins A and D, which are added to almost all milks here in the US, are fat-soluble, which means that you HAVE to have the higher fat content in whole milk just to absorb them into your body. Granted, you get get vitamin D from the sun, but when coupled with all the high SPF sunscreens, you're back to needing it in your food.

    Here's the funny, people. Humans are the only creatures (as a whole) on the planet that: 1) drink milk after weaning, and 2) drink the milk/eat the milk product of other animals (Feeding cats milk is not good for them). Cow's milk is NOT essential to healthy diet, but it is an easy way to get calcium. For an interesting article, please see
    lk-vs-cow-milk/ - 10/10/2012 12:03:23 PM
  • We make our own smoothies at home every morning for breakfast (just with coffee for me), with a bagel for my boys. 1 Banana, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup frozen mixed berries and/or 1/2 cup semi thawed strawberries, 1 whole apple (minus seeds), 1/2 cup of real fruit juice (flavour varies with our whim), whirl it up in the food processor and I'm off to suck and chew my smoothie. It's how I get fruit into my boys - 5 a day minimum fruit goes into theirs...they love it too. - 8/1/2012 12:51:22 AM

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