Slurping down empty calories is one of the easiest ways to derail a healthy eating plan. But beverages can also play a positive role in your smart snacking strategy. Instead of turning to fat- and sugar-laden sweets when a craving hits, try one of these natural drinks, slushies, or smoothies, perfect for sipping on the go.
This recipe makes a refreshing and nutritious snack -- especially once you swirl in fresh fruit. Makes 4 shakes (188 calories each).
Fruit juice is a great way to sweeten iced tea brews naturally. The raisins in this recipe also add a natural sweetness. If you can't find raspberry juice, substitute cherry juice. For an easy berry variation, try blackberry leaves with blueberry juice. Makes 4 servings (120 calories each).
An electric juicer, required for this recipe, is a worthy investment if you're a fan of fresh fruit and vegetable juice. This horseradish-spiked snack is perfect for on-the-go, and it's rich in vitamins -- with less salt than store-bought. Makes 2 servings (140 calories each).
Breakfast shakes made with blueberries and yogurt are a healthy way to start the day. In this refreshing smoothie, yogurt provides protein as well as calcium and B vitamins. Blueberries rank third as a natural source of antioxidants, after prunes and raisins. Makes 2 servings (155 calories each).
Create sparklers using fresh, organic juices -- look for ones without added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup -- and sparkling mineral water. With an effervescent kick, a generous dose of vitamins, and less sugar than straight juice, they provide a healthy way to rehydrate.
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Each recipe makes 2 servings (50-100 calories each).