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15 Easy Ways to Make Your Drinks Diet-Friendly

Guzzling extra calories can be easily avoided.

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Use evaporated milk

Lighten your coffee with evaporated non-fat milk instead of 2 tablespoons of French vanilla, nondairy creamer.

Calories saved: 55

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Cut down your soda intake

Drink a 12-ounce diet soda instead of regular soda. (Here are 10 reasons why you should avoid soda altogether).

Calories saved: More than 100

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Dabble in different milk options

Have a cup of skim milk instead of a cup of whole milk.

Calories saved: 65

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Dilute your fruit juice

Fill an 8-ounce glass with 4 ounces of juice and 4 ounces of water instead of all juice. These are the fruit juices with the most health benefits.

Calories saved: 50

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Switch wine for sparkling water.

Opt for a tumbler of cherry-flavored sparkling water, instead of a 5-ounce goblet of wine. 

Calories saved: 100

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Hold the sugar on the hot chocolate

In the mood for hot chocolate? Add a sugar-free packet to your 2% milk, rather than sugar.

Calories saved: 60

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Don’t add whipped cream

Hold the whipped cream on any coffee or beverage.

Calories saved: 50

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Smoothies? Make your own.

Blend 1 cup of skim milk, 1/2 cup of strawberries, and 1/2 of a medium frozen banana, rather than buying a commercial milkshake. (Here are 7 fresh vegan smoothie recipes).

Calories saved: 100

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Switch up your soy milk

Tried soy milk? Replace 1 cup of whole milk with a 1 cup of vanilla soy milk. 

Calories saved: 50

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Make your own root beer

Make your own root beer float instead of buying one at the ice cream parlor. Pour a can of diet root beer over a scoop of vanilla ice cream—don’t forget the straw.

Calories saved: 100

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Drink vegetable juice

Instead of fruit juice, have a V-8. (Here’s how to eat more vegetables without even trying).

Calories saved: 60

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Don’t drink dark beer

Choose light beer over dark beer. 

Calories saved: 50

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Simplify your tea

Enjoy a cup of black tea without the sugar. Better yet, try green tea, hot or cold. This is how to steep your tea like a pro.

Calories saved: 15 per teaspoon of sugar

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Minimize your milkshakes

Swap a small chocolate milkshake for an 8-ounce carton of chocolate milk.

Calories saved: 75

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Alternate your breakfast option

65Try a packet of strawberry Carnation Instant Breakfast made with 2% milk instead of whole milk. 

Calories saved: 65

(For more drink inspiration, check out our 7 No-Calories, All-Natural Drinks).