Tag: beverage

Order This, Not That: Starbucks

by in Dining Out, December 13, 2011


Who doesn’t love Starbucks’ holiday drinks? They have such fancy names and delicious ingredients. But the hidden calories . . . you won’t believe your thighs! Get the skinny before you order your next grande or venti holiday brew.

ORDER: Reasonable portions of tasty delights
Many folks look forward to the seasonal offerings at Starbucks. There’s nothing wrong with tasty caffeinated beverages, but many of Starbucks dressed-up drinks contain as many calories as we should be eating in one meal. Luckily, Starbucks gives you the power to take control of your order. You choose the size of your drink, type of milk, and whether or not you want whipped cream. When ordering a fancy-shmancy drink, count it as a snack and aim for no more than 200 calories.

Just to get some perspective, a grande (16-fluid ounce) cup of brewed coffee without sugar or milk contains 5 calories and is free of fat and sugar. Add ¼ cup of skim milk for an additional 15 calories. Now take a look at the numbers on some of the more popular holiday drinks: Before you order one of those yummy drinks, choose one with a reasonable amount of calories.

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Iced Tea: Cutting The Sugar

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, June 20, 2011
Giada's Earl Grey Iced Tea
Giada's Earl Grey Iced Tea

Celebrate National Iced Tea month this June by stirring up a batch of this summer favorite. We’ll tell you how to sweeten this classic drink without going overboard on sugar.

Enjoy your tea with less sugar »

Taste Test: Hot Chocolate

by in Grocery Shopping, Taste Test, March 28, 2011

hot chocolate

Spring may be officially here, but cooler temperatures keep coming back for more. Get through what’s hopefully the last cold snap of the season with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. We rated 5 popular brands, looking at taste and the amount of added sugar — find out our top picks.

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Pop Quiz: How Healthy Are You? (Part 2: Fluids)

by in Healthy Tips, January 11, 2011

Bottled Water

Last week you took the whole grain challenge; this week find out how much you know about fluids. Take the four-question quiz and score yourself (answers on the bottom).  Good luck!

Test your knowledge now »

Green Tea: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, September 7, 2010

green tea

There are countless questions dietitians are asked about green tea: Is it good for me? How much should I drink? Does it have caffeine? Will it help me lose weight? We’ve got the scoop on this popular beverage — here’s what you need to know.

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Small Steps: Good Hydration

by in Healthy Tips, Small Steps, June 16, 2010

water pitcher

If you’re looking to eat healthier, completely overhauling your diet is not the answer — you’ll be back to your old habits in no time. Studies have shown that making small changes is the best way to create long-term habits. In this new series, we suggest small, easy steps you can take to become healthier. First up: Staying hydrated.

Get our easy tips for good hydration »