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Drink This, Not That

Drink This, Not That: Summer Cocktails

Written By: Samantha McCarthy, MS, RD/LDN


In last weekís nutrition tip of the week, we discussed how to lighten up our summer BBQ favorites. This week, letís dissect our favorite summer beverages. Alcoholic or non-alcoholic, summer favorites can be loaded with added sugars and calories. We often donít consider the amount we take in because we are drinking it, not eating it. This is a common mistake. Review the chart below to see the amount of calories in your favorite beverages and how you can make a lighter choice.


Drink This...

Serving Size

Calories

Not That...

Serving Size

Calories

Corona Light

12 oz.

99 kcals

Sam Adams Summer Ale

12 oz.

170 kcals

Sam Adams Light

12 oz.

120 kcals

Sierra Nevada IPA

12 oz.

190 kcals

Truly Spiked Seltzer

12 oz.

100 kcals

Mikeís Hard Lemonade

12 oz.

220 kcals

Michelob Ultra Light Cider

12 oz.

120 kcals

Angry Orchard Cider

12 oz.

190 kcals

Red or White Wine

6 oz.

150 kcals

Sangria

1 glass

230 kcals

Skinny Margarita

12 oz.

90 kcals

Flavored Frozen Margarita

1 glass

400+ kcals

** Light Pina Colada

8 oz.

210 kcals

Pina Colada

1 glass

430 kcals

Vodka and Soda Water

1 oz. shot

64 kcals

Rum Punch

1 glass

380 kcals

Dunkins Iced Coffee, Cookie Dough

Medium

250 kcals

Dunkins Frozen Coffee, Cookie Dough

Medium

890 kcals

Starbucks Iced Vanilla Latte

Grande

190 kcals

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino

Grande

420 kcals

Water Flavored with Frozen Berries

8 oz.

0 kcals

Lemonade

8 oz.

100 kcals

Unsweetened Tea

16 oz.

0 kcals

Sweet Tea

16 oz.

115 kcals



**A light pina colada is made with frozen pineapple chunks instead of juice, less cream of coconut, and light rum. Here is a sample recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/recipes/2010/08/pina-coladas-lightened-up

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