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10 Ways to Make Health Drinks Less Boring (Slideshow)

10 Ways to Make Health Drinks Less Boring (Slideshow)


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Spice up your juices and smoothies

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Nothing wakes a juice up like a splash of citrus — it’s like drinking liquid sunshine. There are, of course, the old favorites: lemon tastes zesty and clean; lime adds a tart, tropical note; grapefruit adds refreshing acidity; and orange is sweet and bright. But you can branch out from these reliable standards with pomelo, Ugly fruit, kumquat, blood orange, Satsuma, clementine, tangerine, Key lime, Buddha’s hand, yuzu, and iyokan. Check out your local co-op, farmers market, and Asian, Latin, or Middle Eastern grocery stores for citrus fruits that you love but don’t often buy or that you’ve never tried before.

Click here for our Cucumber, Yuzu, and Thai Basil Juice Recipe

Citrus

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Nothing wakes a juice up like a splash of citrus — it’s like drinking liquid sunshine. Check out your local co-op, farmers market, and Asian, Latin, or Middle Eastern grocery stores for citrus fruits that you love but don’t often buy or that you’ve never tried before.

Click here for our Cucumber, Yuzu, and Thai Basil Juice Recipe

Herbs

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Sometimes we forget about these powerful, medicinal little plants that lend their gorgeous flavor and aroma. Run herbs through your juicer like you would with greens. Mint, chocolate mint, spearmint, and others are beautiful in combination with sweet fruits or greens, and have a cooling effect. I love mint with cucumber, spinach, ruby red grapefruit, and apple. Fennel is another wonderful addition, and whether you’re using the stalks, blub, or fronds (or all three), it will flavor your juice with the sweet and herbal taste of anise. And don’t forget about the savory herbs, basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, dill, and one and on. These add depth to savory vegetable juices and complexity to sweet and citrusy juices. Look for fresh herbs in your garden, your farmers market, co-op, and grocery store. There’s a lot you can do with a little bit of herbs. One of my favorite summer juices stars lemongrass, which wafts like a bright and sultry perfume through watermelon, Asian pear, and pineapple.

Click here for our Lemongrass and Asian Pear Juice

Roots

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Remember your roots! Ginger is a popular addition to juices because it adds a delicious heat, aids in detoxing, and eases nausea, colds, and other ailments. Turmeric is another that deserves some attention — it’s famous for its anti-cancer properties and its use in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric has an earthy taste that pairs especially well with citrus. You can also try some less-commonly juiced root vegetables. You could go sweet with parsnips, yacón, and yams, or you could get spicy with radishes, or land somewhere in between with burdock. All are a delicious way to shake up your routine.

Spices

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I love whisking spices into my juices, or blending them into smoothies or raw soups (which are really just savory smoothies — more about that later). Some of my go-to spices are cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, star anise, cardamom, garam masala, cumin, cayenne, chili, chipotle, mesquite, and curry. Here’s a smoothie that gets me dreaming of treasure troves of sweetness and spice.

Click here for our Sugar Plum Fairy Smoothie

Superfoods

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These are the comic book heroes and heroines of the food world — they all have their superpowers and strengths, and they make everything a lot more exciting. Lucuma powder is my very favorite superfood. It’s super healthy, yes, but more importantly it tastes like ice cream and transforms your smoothies into decadent desserts, especially when mixed with vanilla and raw cacao, another superfood. Then there are the fruity do-gooders, acai, goji berries, goldenberries, and the like that add major antioxidants and unique flavors to your smoothies. The super-greens, like spirulina, E3Live, and chlorella, have a mild taste (similar to green tea), pack big nutrition, and color your beverages beautiful, rich greens, blues, and turquoises. And lastly, there are the superfoods that add texture, like chia seeds and Irish Moss. Both need to be soaked before consumed, and both transform into a gel, giving whatever they are blended with a gel-like consistency. Chia seeds, unground and unblended, make a smoothie like tapioca whereas Irish Moss gel makes a light and airy mousse. Sometimes texture alone is enough to spruce up a dish — why not make that chocolate smoothie into a chocolate mousse?

Flowers

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I am the girl who ate red clover flowers by the handful. As a child, I ate rose petals when no one was looking, insisted I was old enough to drink green jasmine tea, and dreamed of sugared violets atop whipped cream. Now that I’m an adult, some of my most prized ingredients are rosewater, dried lavender, saffron, and jasmine water. I’m the kind of person who wants her rose macaron to taste like a rose with a hint of macaron, so feel free to adjust the rosewater to your taste in this next recipe. I strongly believe in paying homage to your favorite dishes in juices and smoothies (but not recreating them, because that breeds comparison and contempt). I’m crazy about pistachio baklava and rosewater Turkish delights from beautiful little restaurant called Sahara, but more often than not, I’m watching my diet and choose not to eat them. So I created this decadent, luxurious smoothie in honor of these two stunning deserts.

Click here for the Turkish Delight Smoothie

Umami-Enhanced Raw Soups

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Umami is the fifth flavor that our palate can detect: there is sweetness, bitterness, sourness, saltiness, and umami, which is separate from all of those tastes but enhanced by saltiness. Umami is difficult to describe, but it is more or less a meaty, brothy flavor, like from marrow, mushrooms, aged cheeses, meat, spinach, and the like. Sometimes sweet smoothies just aren’t doing it for me and I crave a savory meal. That’s when I hit the raw soups, and what makes raw soups delicious is umami flavor with a touch of salt. Nutritional yeast flakes loaded with B vitamins (which are extra essential for vegans) and fermented bean paste (like miso), are two delicious umami flavor enhancers and I use them in practically every raw soup I make, like this carrot, ginger, and basil miso soup.

Click here for our Carrot, Ginger, and Basil Soup Recipe

Tea

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While juice, coconut water, and milk alternatives are all great bases for smoothies, one delightful option that is often overlooked is chilled tea. Green teas that work especially well as smoothie bases or components in juices are wulu green jade, green jasmine, genmaicha (with toasted rice), matcha, sencha, and gunpowder. White tea is also delicious, and I’m especially partial to white jasmine. Black teas that work well are the citrusy Earl gray and lady gray, spicy chai, and umami-enhancing lapsang souchong, a smoked Chinese tea that’s great in raw soups, dressings, and marinades. Then there are also the herbal stars like rooibos (especially lovely with vanilla, lavender, and/or spices), chamomile, hibiscus, rosehip, mint, and so on. Brew the tea as usual and then chill in a glass jar in the fridge for a few hours or overnight and enjoy the beautiful, mineral quality of a tea-base smoothie, soup, or juice.

Heritage and Travel

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Your own ancestry might be your next big inspiration for our smoothie or juice. I draw on my mixed Romani (“Gypsy”) heritage to fuel my culinary creativity, which is especially rewarding since Gypsy cuisine is so rich, diverse, and yet distinctly Romani. In my savory soups, I’m liberal with the paprika, a popular spice in Romani cooking, I’m passionate about my tea, and I use a lot of baxtale xajmata or “auspicious foods,” which are usually pungent or strongly flavored like garlic, lemon, pickles, and peppers. I also like to use Indian Ayurvedic medicinal herbs and spices. There is overwhelming evidence from DNA, linguistics, anthropology, etc., that the Romani people originated in India, and tracing the similarities between Indians and Roma connects me to my Romani roots and the very ancient roots of my ancestors, and makes preparing and enjoying food and drink something akin to a spiritual experience.

So climb around your family tree if you’re in a smoothie slump. Think about your favorite Persian, Mexican, Croatian, Irish, Vietnamese, or Malaysian spices, fruits, vegetables, and flavors and see what moves you. Turn to your grandparents’ recipes and see which elements you could reclaim for your healthy elixirs. Or, if that isn’t infusing your juice with anything particularly new, take a walk around the globe to some place you’ve never been, always wanted to go, or wish you could visit again, and evoke the flavors of that culture, country, or region. Also, it’s a great opportunity for cultural exchange, which is different from cultural appropriation. For example, the word Gypsy, a racial slur (e.g.: she gypped me!), is misused and appropriated so often that people often don’t realize that Gypsies are an oppressed ethnic group. Some Roma choose to reclaim the word “Gypsy,” but if you are not Romani, using the word to refer to yourself, your brand, your lifestyle, or naming your pets or child “Gypsy,” is cultural appropriation in the same way that wearing a Gypsy costume is appropriation, even if it isn’t meant maliciously. Respectfully exploring Romani food, arts, and culture without exoticizing or claiming it, however, would fall under cultural exchange.

Play

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Half of the battle with boredom is state of mind. Whenever I complained of boredom when I was a kid, my mom would say, “Oh my. If you’re bored, then you must not have any imagination. How sad for you.” That was enough to send me spinning toward the crayons and construction paper, feverish to prove that my imagination knew no bounds. I think I complained of boredom three times in my whole life, tops. If you’re bored with your juice or smoothie practice, don’t just look in your fridge. Look in your brain, too. How are you thinking about this cleanse or healthy regimen? Do you see it as an act of deprivation? (Why can’t I make a honey butter waffle smoothie?) Punishment? (I can quit the juices once I lose 10 pounds) Torture? (If I drink one more kale smoothie I will ralph, so help me, I will ralph.) What if you try looking at the experience as a culinary challenge, an adventure in food-as-medicine, an ecstatic celebration of food in its purest form, or a unique opportunity to treat yourself better than ever before? Think about all the reasons you want to drink your fruits and veggies, and all the benefits you will reap. Look up ingredients that are good for what ails you. Choose ingredients for fun, for color, name, shape, or association. Add cacao — make it chocolate. Treat yourself to your favorite fruits and veggies, the ones that make you smile, like lychee, Rainier cherries, Romanesco, or rainbow carrots. Play.


41 Brilliant Ways to Spice Up Boring Tofu

Tofu is more popular than ever. Vegans, vegetarians, and Meatless Monday fans rely on it. The bland, soft soybean curd takes on a myriad of guises, from crisp to creamy, and absorbs every flavor under the sun.

From breakfast to dessert, you can scramble, fry, bake, blend, and whip tofu into deeply flavored, absolutely delicious, healthy dishes. And you can feel good about eating it — nutritionally, environmentally, and ethically.

More and more people are aware of the costs of eating factory-farmed meat and dairy. Plus, the U.N. keeps warning us that the world will be eating insects in the future. Tell that to the picky eaters you know!

Most of these 41 tofu recipes are vegan or vegetarian, and none of them are bland. We like to use organic tofu because it’s not made with genetically modified soybeans, which are treated with heavy doses of herbicides. Bring on the flavor.

1. BBQ avocado and smoked tofu toast

These cute, simple snack bites aren’t just tasty — they’re also vegan, full of healthy fats (courtesy of our BFF, avocado), and super flavorful.

Just fry up marinated smoked tofu and zucchini slices and then assemble the toasty goodness. Talk about bold flavors and contrasting textures.

2. Vegan German cheese spaetzle

Think of this German comfort food as a version of mac and cheese — which, as any vegan knows, can be tough to re-create.

This recipe makes it work with a cashew-based vegan cheese sauce, wheat flour spaetzle (the noodles), and toppings like tofu and leeks.

3. Eggless salad sandwich

A vegan egg salad sandwich? Yep, it’s possible. Tofu, celery, onion, vegan mayo, and seasonings combine to form the classically delicious sandwich salad — minus the eggs.

4. Maple Dijon tofu burger

This is one of our favorite vegan burger recipes because it combines healthy, sweet vegetables like carrots and red pepper with crumbled firm tofu. Nuts and nut butter contribute healthy oils, and mushrooms add umami flavor.

Plus, the vegan mayo (store-bought — give yourself a break) flavored with sharp mustard and sweet maple syrup is awesome.

5. Crispy baked tofu tacos with cilantro-lime slaw

Nutritional yeast gives these baked tofu cubes extra flavor without the cheese. Fill warm corn tortillas with the golden tofu and top with the zesty cilantro-lime slaw and tomatillo salsa. You in? We’re in.

6. Vegan fried rice

Those nights when it seems like there’s not enough in the fridge to make dinner? Look again. We bet you’ve got a bag of frozen peas, a couple of carrots, and tofu. Add pantry staples like brown rice and Asian seasonings, and dinner’s ready.

7. Honey-ginger tofu veggie stir-fry

For a hearty, flavorful bowl that will rival anything from your local takeout place (and turn out way healthier), combine cooked farro, asparagus, carrots, scallions, and tofu with a garlic-ginger stir-fry sauce.

8. Sesame-ginger tofu and veggie stir -fry

What makes this stir-fry especially luscious is that the tofu cubes get all crispy on the edges. And then there’s the sauce that coats the veggies with fresh ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.

9. Crispy tofu in Chinese garlic sauce

How do you get flavor into bland tofu? This blogger starts by soaking extra-firm tofu in salted water to season and soften it. Then she drains extra moisture by weighing it down (use a heavy pan).

After marinating in oil, salt, and pepper, the tofu is stir-fried until crisp and golden.

10. Spicy sesame zoodles with crispy tofu

This vegan recipe couldn’t be easier. Fry tofu until crispy, and then toss it over zoodles coated in a totally yummy sauce of peanut butter, ginger, garlic, and sesame.


Are you craving pizza but do not want the calories? This recipe has you covered.

Not only is it ridiculously easy, but it will conquer your cravings with that delicious home flavor you crave.

You do not like portobello? No worries! There are plenty of other recipes you can make, such as toast, cauliflower, or veggies as a base instead. The options are endless when you go digging.

3. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

I can hear you over the screen now: &ldquoWait! Does that mean I don&rsquot have to give up my Chinese takeout to lose weight?!&rdquo

Exactly! Except that you will be ordering takeout from your own kitchen in this case.

Spaghetti squash is an amazing substitute for carb-dense noodles. In other words, you can eat more until you are full without having to worry about overeating.

It is one of the best ways to fill up on nutrients without going overboard. This is definitely one you will want to save.

4. Cauliflower Mac-N&rsquo-Cheese

Are you craving a good mac and cheese? This recipe takes it to another level by making it both low-carb and vegan.

Yes, you read that right. This recipe is a keeper no matter what type of diet you might be on. Try adding it in when you get a cheesy craving and see if it takes care of that for you.

5. Sweet Potato Spaghetti

Of course, we have all had the classic spaghetti squash spaghetti (which, by the way, is a staple for me). However, sometimes it is easy to feel like you need a switch. This sweet potato spaghetti satisfies just that.

I absolutely love the savory taste of sweet potato and the feeling you get where you just finished eating a huge meal.

Sweet potato is relatively low-glycemic compared to noodles, meaning it keeps you fuller longer and does not spike your blood sugar. In other words, you will stay satisfied until it is time for bedtime &ndash something I think we can all agree we need.

6. Crockpot Cauliflower Fried Rice

Sometimes, it is those sneaky grains that can quickly add up in unwanted calories.

Want to know an easy fix? Trade some of those grains out for low-calorie substitutes!

Do not get me wrong, grains are not bad at all. However, if you are looking to fill up to the brim while keeping things low calories, subbing grains for vegetables is an excellent way to do that.

7. Pizza Stuffed Peppers

Another pizza option!? I know you are getting excited! Stuffed peppers make for an excellent pizza base because they add in an extra boost of flavor.

Let us be real, half the battle in weight loss is an emotional one. We have an emotional attachment to food. But sometimes, all you need to overcome this is a little taste of home (the healthier version, of course).

8. Black Bean Burritos

If you are a fan of a good burrito, then worry no more. This black bean burrito is extremely satiating and delicious.

Beans are a great source of fiber, which means that they will keep you feeling fuller for longer without being very calorie-dense.

On top of that, they tend to mirror the tastes of some of our favorite comfort foods. This keeps you both psychologically and physically healthy when you are trying to cut.

9. Chipotle Bowls

Who does not love a good Chipotle bowl?

Choosing the best healthy recipes for dinner involves some flexibility. For this meal, I personally have tried swapping out the rice with cauliflower rice (for those of you who are going low-carb).

This meal has a great blend of healthy fats, carbs, and protein that make it a very balanced option.

(P.S. Does anyone else ever pronounce it Chip-Pot-el)?

10. Sushi Bowls

Have you ever had a sushi bowl? If not, definitely try one soon!

I am writing this from So-Cal where they are almost a staple. It is easy to make sushi. Just throw all the ingredients into a bowl and savor the flavor.

The cool thing about this bowl is that you (again) have the option to use either cauliflower rice or brown rice.

When it is extremely late at night, some people find that the extra blood sugar from carbs can make it hard to sleep. For this reason, low-carb options make a great dinner.

11. Bliss Bowl

How do I describe a Bliss Bowl to you? Imagine everything deliciously healthy and nutritious mixed into one bowl. Eating a Bliss Bowl is like eating a salad but with more flavor and the same health benefits.

Eating healthy foods does not need to be boring, and this bowl is one of the flavorful yet healthy recipes for dinner you can find.

12. Protein-Style Burger

Healthy recipes for dinner do not have to be restrictive. You cannot stand going without your burger? Thankfully, you do not have to. By simply substituting lettuce for the buns, you can have your burger and eat it too.

This specific burger is made perfectly juicy with special sauce to give you just that perfect burger joint taste. Making this allows you to savor that burger taste without sacrificing your health.

13. Zucchini Roll-Ups

If you have any Italian blood in you, I am sure you are craving a bit of pasta right about now. Thankfully, low-carb diets and pasta can still go hand in hand.

This zucchini Roll-up is a lasagna based dish that is perfect for people on Keto. The lack of pasta makes it way easier to cut body fat while still enjoying the dishes you crave. Just make sure to take it easy on the cheese if you are not on Keto and looking to cut quickly.

14. Spaghetti Squash Boats

These delicious boats are stuffed with mouth-watering goodness that gives you that delicious, satisfying pasta taste. But unlike regular pasta, this amazing dish will not leave you feeling heavy afterward.

Think alfredo pasta but without all the gunk. With this delicious and healthy pasta recipe, you are in for a real treat.

15. Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Last but not least is our peanut zoodle dish. I will admit that I am a little selfish for posting this one. I just LOVE a good peanut sauce, and this one fits the bill.

In case you have not yet tried a dish like this, try picturing a satisfyingly-creamy pad thai. Of course, this one uses veggie noodles as a base, so you can feel fresh and light as you hit the pillow.


2. Galaxy Magic Mule

It doesn’t get much more creative than this color-changing galaxy mule. This recipe uses a vodka infused with butterfly pea flower to get the blue and purple color-changing effect. Plus, you can use tonic ice (aka frozen tonic water) to add a glow-in-the-dark element. Consider your classic Moscow Mule officially leveled-up.


Cocktails signal the ushering-in of good times. The time-honored way to mark any celebration is to lift a glass, toast, and sip. As more people choose to drink less, the low-alcohol-by-volume acronym has inched steadily up on our collective drinking consciousness: low ABV is trending, and it's increasingly associated with creative imbibing in drinks such as the Hibiscus-Ginger Spritz shown here. Pungent ginger and warm cinnamon are kissed by rum and made vivid by the acidity of a hibiscus flower infusion. Drinks like this embody all the fun of anticipation and good cheer, but fewer of the consequences of overindulgence.

Low ABV drinks certainly contain less fire power in terms of booze, but in no way should a good drink skimp on the defining characteristic of a successful cocktail: alchemy. Mixology is called the art of blending for a reason. The creative challenge in mixing a low ABV drink is to eschew the high-proof hooch, and search instead for other ingredients that deliver sophistication or pure delight. What we look for in a good cocktail is a skilled combination of thoughtful presentation and the imaginative pairing of complementary components. Simply put, the mixed drink needs to look good and taste good. And if it reflects the season, all the better.

How does one lower that alcohol ratio? Lots of ways: cut back on the spirits, use wines or beers as a base, make the most of the effervescence of seltzer, play with fruit (and vegetable) juices and syrups, and work in good vinegars. Herbs, fruit zests, and condiments can be used to build flavor and create nuance. They each play a role in creating drinks to please informed palates, without the anxious fear of missing out.


17 Healthy Starbucks Drinks That Any Dieter Will Still Obsess Over

Including 12 custom orders that are all better-for-you winners in our nutritionist's eyes.

Sadly, Starbucks' coffee drinks aren't always synonymous with a healthy start to your day, or a solid afternoon pick-me-up, either. Getting a daily dose of caffeine without overdoing it is already tough as is, but when you consider what health experts suggest is a "healthy" amount of coffee &mdash just a single, solitary cup of regular Joe at breakfast with a splash of skim milk, per new federal dietary recommendations &mdash you may feel hopeless. But don't cry over spilled iced lattés just yet (or macchiatos!).

The Starbucks' menu can feel endless like you'll need a codex to choose something deliciously exciting without chugging more than an entire day's worth of sugar (it's possible, even our pros have been there). GH editors did the hard work for you, having spent hours poring over Starbucks' many, many coffee and tea beverages to find those that are low in calories, sugar, and saturated fat. Some of the healthiest Starbucks drinks can even fit into vegan and keto diets, too!

  • Each of the beverages below has been reviewed using nutritional information provided for grande-sized orders, the chain's medium (16oz) offering.
  • Using our tips and tricks, you should be able to minimize the drink's nutritional counts even further.
  • Each drink can be ordered hot or iced, despite our initial suggestion, and should remain mostly uniform in nutrition value.

Stefani Sassos, MS, RD, CDN, the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab's registered dietitian, has even shared a few of her personal Starbs orders that are low in sugar. We're spelling out any special ordering instructions for you to share with baristas below be sure to follow them to a tee! Going for a smaller "tall" drink is always a good idea, but if you're interested in upsizing your drink, check out Starbucks' interactive nutrition features on its site or app &mdash or consult a master list of nutritionals right here. Follow along as we share the healthiest Starbucks coffees and teas you can feel great about, plus tips and tricks for making any Starbucks order that much better for you.

Calories: 170

Total Fat: 1.5g

Believe it or not, this diet-friendly drink is made standard with skim milk. Our nutritionist says you may reduce sugar counts by asking for almond milk instead, but you should feel great about this drinks' 14g of protein.

How to order: Order as-is for optimal flavor optionally, ask for 1-2 shots of mocha syrup instead of 3.

Calories: 110

Total Fat: 4g

Another contender in the low-calorie category, a Starbucks' misto uses less milk than a standard latté. Swapping for alt milk here will reduce sugar and calorie counts over all.

How to order: No 2% milk sub almond milk. Optionally add 1 pump sugar-free syrup of your choice.

Calories: 220

Total Fat: 11g

The calories are fair in this hot drink &mdash but you'll need to work on this espresso's milk and flavorings in order to get both fat and sugar below 10g, respectively. Swapping to soy milk, for example, will bring calories down to 150, total fat to 5g, and sugar to 10g.

How to order: No whole milk sub almond or soy milk, per preference.

Calories: 120

Total Fat: 3g

After testing it sporadically in markets across the country, Starbucks has recently added oat milk to its menu permanently in each café. This concoction is new to the menu, and the espresso base means you're getting a drink that's already paired back in terms of ingredients. Just ask for a small tweak to enjoy this aromatic drink with less sugar overall.

How to order: Sub 2 pumps brown sugar syrup.

Calories: 15

Total Fat: 0g

Americanos are far from boring &mdash the espresso base creates a rich crema that you'll love sipping on first thing in the A.M. The base is devoid of sugar, so you have more room to play here: It's the only drink on this list that you can safely order a Trenta (31 oz!) of without derailing your morning.

How to order: Optionally add soy, almond, or oat milk if desired, alongside 1-2 pumps of sugar-free syrup of your choice.

Calories: 220

Total Fat: 6g

The macchiato gets a bad sugary rep because baristas add caramel syrups and sugary drizzles, too. You'll need to swap to sugar-free syrup here to enjoy a macchiato that's closer to 10g sugar total. Swapping the full-fat whole milk will also bring calories and sugar counts down, too.

How to order: No whole milk sub soy milk. No vanilla syrup sub 1-2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup to taste. Light caramel drizzle, add extra ice.

Calories: 120

Total Fat: 0.5g

Don't ruin a good thing! Ditch any sprinkles or other sweet ice-cream-like toppings that baristas reach for here &mdash you'll dash sugar counts by half. A GH staffer favorite, this drink is super sweet thanks to a special sugar-free syrup plus, the iced variation saves you an additional 50 calories and even more sugar.

How to order: No sprinkles. No skim sub for soy or almond milk, preferably. Sub 2 shots sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup.

Calories: 150

Total Fat: 1g

The key to ordering any Frappucino is asking for it "skinny" or "light" in some locations, which will prompt your barista to sub sugar-free syrup if available, ditch whipped cream, and opt for skim or plant-based milk when asked. Asking for the drink this way should bring this blended beverage's sugar counts down by at least half, if not more, but be aware this category is bound to have more sugar than any other.

How to order: No whole milk sub soy or almond milk. Ask for the "skinny" or "light" version of this drink upfront.

Calories: 100

Total Fat: 1g

Another drink you'll need to ask for "skinny" or "light," you'll ditch sugary syrups and full-fat milk for alt options here.

How to order: No whole milk sub soy or almond milk. Sub 2 pumps of sugarfree caramel syrup. Ask your barista for the "light" version.

Calories: 50

Total Fat: 0.5g

With a cloying honey sweetness, it's hard to believe there are only 50 calories in this grande-sized drink. You can cut the sugar considerably by reducing the amount of honey flavoring your barista will use to craft one of our favorites.

How to order: Sub 1 honey blend. Add extra ice to taste.

Calories: 190

Total Fat: 4g

Over 20g of sugar is coming from 4 pumps of syrup here, so swapping for a sugar-free option (or a drizzle!) will take care of this being a sugar bomb. An alt-milk substitution will also work to lower the 2g of saturated fat in our version of the creamy, smooth latté.

How to order: No 2% milk sub soy or almond milk. Sub 2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup alternatively, a mocha drizzle.

Calories: 50

Total Fat: 1.5g

Oatmilk isn't pumped directly into this coffee drink but is rather the base of a specially crafted cold foam (in place of skim milk). You can reduce the sugar count by opting for a reduced amount of foam, but since the sugar count isn't too high, you also have room for a splash of extra oat milk if you so desire.

How to order: As is. Optionally light oatmilk foam, add a splash of oatmilk.

Calories: 40

Total Fat: 1.5g

One of the most nutritionally sound drinks on this list (a great option for those who love a full breakfast!), the foam on this vegan drink only adds a low 4g of added sugar into the mix. Plus, there's a light drizzle of mocha sauce and a dusting of cocoa powder that you can look forward to.

How to order: As is.

Calories: 0***

Total Fat: 0g***

Made popular via social media, according to our friends at Delish, Starbucks' ket0-friendly "white" drink was first made using an unsweetened Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion base. But that tea blend has since gone discontinued at Starbucks, so you'll need to swap to the Peach Tranquility blend, which has flavors of candied pineapple, lemon, chamomile blossoms, and rose hips. You'll need to flavor the drink with a keto alternative to sugar.

How to order: Add 2 pumps sugar-free vanilla syrup. Add extra heavy cream. Extra ice to taste.

***Major alterations to this order result in varying nutrition values.

Calories: 350***

Total Fat: 17g***

This luxe chocolate-y espresso drink can be enjoyed on the keto diet if you ditch the sugary flavor pumps altogether. You can enjoy just a taste of the mocha flavor by opting for a drizzle instead, which won't send you rocketing off ketosis later in the day.

How to order: No 2% milk sub extra heavy cream. No whipped cream. No mocha sauce sub light mocha drizzle.

Calories: 0

Total Fat: 0g

Starbucks' most flavorful and versatile tea (hot or iced!), there's flavor notes of chamomile, citrus-y pineapple and lemony peach in every sip. You can definitely add sweeteners of your choice, but we're a sucker for a fresh honey drizzle and a lemon slice in this decaf option.

How to order: As is.

Calories: 140*

Total Fat: 2.5g*

The caffinated tea base of this latte drink is very solid &mdash black tea, fresh lavender, and bergamot blends &mdash but the sugar count comes from a standard 4 pumps of vanilla sugar. Swap the milk choice here and opt for a sugar-free syrup or a drizzle instead to bring sugar counts well below 10g.

How to order: No 2% milk sub soy or almond milk. No vanilla syrup sub 1-2 pumps sugar-free vanilla syrup.

Keep these five rules in mind when asking for your favorite Starbucks drink &ndash chances are, you'll dash sugar, fat and calorie counts instantly.

Ask for drizzles! If you're thinking of ordering a drink made with a flavored syrup, Sassos says most pumps work out to be around 5g of sugar, and grande-sized beverages typically come loaded with 4 pumps as standard. You can work to drastically lower sugar counts by swapping to a mocha or caramel drizzle in the syrup's place, which will work to lower more than half the sugar content of your drink, if not more (depending on your choice of milk).

Skip whipped cream. And consider a layer of cold foam instead. Whipped cream can add upwards of 110 calories steeped in saturated fat to your beverage, and it often doesn't boost flavors. A layer of unflavored cold foam, however, is made from nonfat milk sans any additional sweetener. You can also ask for a foam made from any alt milk on the menu, including the newly added Oatly oatmilk. It might be exactly what your iced coffee is missing.

Order half the syrup, and make it sugar-free. "Artificial sweeteners tend to be much sweeter than regular sweeteners, meaning a little goes a long way," Sassos says. Challenge yourself to do at least half the amount of flavoring &mdash from a standard 4 to just 2 pumps &mdash and pick an option that's sugarless. Mainstays include vanilla, skinny mocha sauce, and cinnamon dolce sugar-free syrup, in addition to seasonal offerings that you can ask your barista about. Be sure to enforce this with venti-sized drinks, where added sugar due to syrup and creams or milks can become exorbitant, Sassos says. Eventually, you may be able to train your taste buds down to just a single pump of flavoring, enjoying your coffee's natural flavor profile even more.

Ask for almond milk or skim milk. There are a few non-dairy options available to you at Starbucks &mdash oat milk is the newest addition to the chain's lineup and blends well into vegan drinks, but it can contain more sugar than almond milk, Sassos explains. If you're looking for a full dairy option, skim milk is your best bet to reduce your drink's sat fat content.

When in doubt, go 'skinny' or 'light.' It's the under-the-radar way to order any drink on the menu with sugar-free syrup in its place, nonfat milk, and free of any added whip cream. This is crucial if you enjoy blended coffee drinks, especially frappucinos, as this can reduce sugar counts drastically where multiple flavors are concerned.


Water

Plain water is the healthiest drink, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. If plain water is too boring for you, there are some ways to make it interesting while still keeping it healthy. Make your own flavor-infused spa water by adding crushed fresh mint, citrus fruit zest, peeled, sliced ginger or sliced cucumber to a cold pitcher or glass of water. Or drink 12 oz. of sparkling water with 1 oz. of your favorite juice, to add flavor with only a little sugar.

Avoid sugary sweetened iced teas, which are no better than soda. Instead, make your own iced tea. Choose your favorite kind of tea, or try a fruit-flavored herbal blend or one flavored with vanilla, cinnamon or other spices. Add 1 tsp. of sugar or honey for sweetness. Black and green teas have the extra bonus of antioxidants and flavonoids, substances that are good for your health.

Skim or low-fat milk is a healthy substitute for Coke and other sweetened soft drinks. If you're a regular cola drinker you might skip milk, which can lead to deficiencies in calcium, magnesium and vitamin A, according to the Franklin Institute. Fortified milk is also one of the best sources of vitamin D in the diet. Skim or 1 percent milk also provides you with protein and is low in saturated fat.


Refreshing & Healthy Vitamix Juice Recipes To Make ASAP

One of my favourite discoveries with owning a high-speed blender (my beloved Vitamix), was that I could actually make my own fresh juice at home (and nut milk and nut butter!) without actually needing to buy a pricey juicing machine! One extra step and only a minute or two and I could have a variety of fresh, cold, nutritious juices to enjoy.

Today I’m sharing a list of the best healthy Vitamix juice recipes (or blender juices) I could find on the blogosphere so you can enjoy your own easy homemade juices too! When it comes to juicing there’s a lot of different opinions on the health benefits and how much juicing to do (and how often), but for me juices are just another way to bring into my diet the vitamins, minerals, and immune-boosting antioxidants that fresh fruits and vegetables offer.

You can enjoy these healthy blender juice recipes any day, or include them in a specific juice cleanse you are wanting to try (professional guidance recommended if you partake in a juice cleanse!). You can also read more about the connection between fresh juices and immune boosting here.


Almond Ro-Kava

In this drink, just a dash of almond extract provides a taste of the exotic. Almonds help regulate the hormone ghrelin, which is known as the "hunger hormone": They fill you up with fiber and protein, but they can actually make you feel less hungry after eating because of their ability to lower ghrelin levels. You can use dairy or nondairy, and if you want an even creamier drink, you swap the milk for a dairy or nondairy creamer. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup chilled kava liquid, 1/2 cup milk. 1/4 tsp almond extract, 1 tbsp maple syrup. Shake all ingredients with ice and serve.

In this drink, just a dash of almond extract provides a taste of the exotic. Almonds help regulate the hormone ghrelin, which is known as the "hunger hormone": They fill you up with fiber and protein, but they can actually make you feel less hungry after eating because of their ability to lower ghrelin levels. You can use dairy or nondairy, and if you want an even creamier drink, you swap the milk for a dairy or nondairy creamer. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup chilled kava liquid, 1/2 cup milk. 1/4 tsp almond extract, 1 tbsp maple syrup. Shake all ingredients with ice and serve.


A good 20 percent of our water intake is derived from food, according to statistics from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Lots of foods contain varying amounts of water, but fruits and vegetables have the highest percentages. Iceberg lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, celery, red cabbage, radishes, broccoli, and tomatoes are all more than 90 percent water. So stack up a big, healthy, water-filled plate of it next time you don’t feel like a glass of water. Fruits like watermelon and strawberries are also jam-packed with it.



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