Every day, I see people walking and driving around with major dietary problems in one hand. No, not donuts or sugar-bomb sodas - everyone knows those are lethal. I'm talking a nice tall cup of a steaming vanilla soy latte, and they're confidently sipping away. They see coffee drink; I see the sugar equivalent to a stack of lollipops in coffee-cup disguise.
You might think, you're sipping, not chewing, so no problem, right? Let's take a look...
20 ounce vanilla soy latte ~ 300 calories, 44 grams sugar
But it doesn't stop there: lunch comes with an organic fresh-squeezed lemonade with a refill.
2 12-ounce glasses of organic lemonade ~ 300 calories, 72 grams of sugar
And in the late afternoon, the pick-me-up consists of a commercial bottled green tea with a label that screams, "Natural Energy Drink!"
20 ounce bottle of green tea energy ~ 250 calories, 61 grams of sugar
That's 850 calories just in beverages, including 177 grams of sugar - equivalent to approximately 47 lollipops in one day of innocent sips! INSANITY!
My Solution: Train your palate not to crave intense sweetness throughout the day. Water is ALWAYS the way to go, and you can naturally punch it up in so many ways: frozen blueberries, lemon, lime, mint leaves, sliced cucumbers, orange slices, just to name a few. You can also go for unsweetened iced or hot tea. My favorite is black or green matcha. For special occasions, consider a mocktail - add a tiny splash of pomegranate juice to sparkling water and a lime. Yes, you can refresh without the excess!