Here are a few simple ways to keep your beverages lower in calories.

Have more water

Consider cutting down on high calorie beverages and drink more water during the holiday season instead. This will help you to not only consume fewer calories but also stay well hydrated and refreshed throughout the day.

Add ice to keep the calories low

Simply adding ice to fill a third of your glass will help you to keep the calories down as this counts as having more water than high calorie drinks. In addition, it can help you to keep cool on a hot day or evening.

Consume lesser amounts of alcohol and high calorie drinks

If you are on a weight-loss diet or want to maintain your weight, it doesn’t mean that you have to completely give up on enjoying your favourite drinks. Simply consume less. For example, enjoy half a glass of wine instead of a full one. Similarly, share that can of cool drink with your spouse instead of gulping it all down by yourself.

Add fruit instead of sugar

Consider adding fruit (instead of sugar) to smoothies and other drinks to give them a naturally sweet taste. You will have the added benefit of nutrients including fibre too. Grapes and berries add a delicious flavour and colour to drinks so give them a try – you will be pleasantly surprised!

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Search for recipes

Take a little time to look for other interesting ways of preparing delicious beverages that are low in calories. It can help you keep your calorie count in check during the festive season, especially when loads of other high calorie treats are available to you! You may even want to continue having these low calorie beverages throughout the entire year. It can make a world of difference to your weight management efforts.

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