Rethink Your Drink

We have lots of choices these days for quenching our thirst. Some of them taste great, but aren’t always the best ones for our health. Use the tips below for making it easier to decide what to drink.

Drink water
Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Regular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually have a lot of added sugar. Drinks with sugar may give us more calories than needed. Here’s an idea for flavoring your water with a fruit:  Use one lime and include mint leaves, if you want. Then,

  1. Wash all produce before use.
  2. Collect, slice, and measure all ingredients before starting to prepare the recipe.
  3. Add all items, plus enough cold water to a fill a 2-quart pitcher. Chill overnight in the refrigerator for the most flavor. Store in the refrigerator until ready to drink. The fruit will stay fresh in the water for up to 48 hours.

Go to this site for more flavored water ideas: www.myplate.gov/recipes

Manage weight
Drink water with your meals and between them too. Adults and children take in about 400 calories per day as beverages. Drinking water can help you stay within the calorie needs for your body.

Cut coffee calories
Skip the whipped cream, and chocolate or caramel drizzle. Go with skim milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for a lower calorie coffee.

Take it with you
Water is always handy. Fill a clean, reusable water bottle. Toss it in your bag or tote to quench your thirst throughout the day.

Read the label
Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose beverages at the grocery store. The food label lets you know about added sugars, fat, sodium, and calories.  Then you are able to make better choices.

Source: Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, United States Department of Agriculture

Go to www.myplate.gov

To learn more ways to live healthier, call Four Corners Health Department at 877-337-3573 or send an email to info@fourcorners.ne.gov .  Visit www.fourcorners.ne.gov for healthy recipes and other resources.