5 Drinks to Avoid Like the Plague This Summer

I don’t know about where you may be located, but where I’m at, it’s HOT today…nearly 90 degrees and steamy.

All though the official start of summer is still a few days away, for all practical purposes summer is already here. As our outdoor activities increase, so does the need to increase the amount of fluids that we drink. If you do not keep yourself properly hydrated, you may be risking some serious health dangers, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

As important as it is to keep a steady intake of fluids, here’s 5 drinks that you DON’T want to drink this summer:

  • Krispy Kreme – Mocha Dream Chiller
    (12 oz: 670 calories, 28g fat, 320mg sodium, 105g carbs, 1g fiber, 58g sugars, 3g protein)
  • Dairy Queen – Peanut Butter Malt
    (15 oz: 870 calories, 46g fat, 630mg sodium, 94g carbs, 3g fiber, 70g sugars, 21g protein)
  • Starbucks – Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème with Whipped Cream
    (16 oz: 580 calories, 22g fat, 370mg sodium, 86g carbs, 3g fiber, 65g sugars, 14g protein)
  • Fatburger – Chocolate Ice Cream Shake
    (16 oz: 880 calories, 38g fat, 370mg sodium, 120g carbs, 4g fiber, 75g sugars, 14g protein)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Vanilla Bean Coolatta
    (16 oz: 440 calories, 17g fat, 95mg sodium, 70g carbs, 1g fiber, 69g sugars, 1g protein)

(Nutritional information source – Hungry-Girl.com)

As important as it is to drink enough, you also want to make good fluid choices. My preferred drink choices for these hot, sticky days are water, Crystal Light, and unsweetened iced tea.

And if you’re looking for a quick, cold, sweet treat to help beat the heat, avoid the choices listed above and try a sugar-free fudgsicle. At just 81 calories and 1.5 grams of saturated fat, you can’t go wrong.

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12 Responses to “5 Drinks to Avoid Like the Plague This Summer”

  1. Katie Says:

    The only thing that concerns me here is the encouragement to drink Crystal Light and sugar-free fudgesicles due to the aspartame content in them. I see so many people drinking diet drinks and eating foods made with aspartame, thinking they’re doing themselves a favor, but paying for it in the long run because of the effects of aspartame on the body. I would love to see aspartame banned by the powers that be. We have no idea of what it could be doing to people long term. Otherwise..I agree with you. I start each day with a tall glass of water, and every time it’s empty, I refill it. Also, try iced green tea – it tastes better without sugar than some other kinds of tea, and it has antioxidants and lots of other health benefits. However, every so often, it’s really, really hard to resist drinks like the five you listed. They’re just so yummy. 😦

  2. Damien Says:

    Nice post. Another point, I don’t know if they’re big in the states, but juice bars are big here and although the fruit smoothies they serves are packed with vitamins they’re also packed with calories from the sugars in the fruit. They usually range from 400-850 calories. So if you’re trying to drop the pounds, probably best to stick with nature’s supplement – water.

  3. Sayre Says:

    I actually had one of those Krispy Kreme Mocha Dream Chillers. 1) it was awful. 2) It was too sweet. 3) I’ll never have one of those again.

    My main choice of drink is water. A cup of coffee in the morning, but the rest of the day, it’s water. Lots of ice. The most amazing thing to drink on a hot, sticky day!

  4. loseweightwithme Says:

    KATIE — I share your concern about artificial sweeteners. My goal with this post, though, was to get people looking away from all the high calorie options and pick something not quite so bad. And thanks for the heads up about iced green tea…I’m going to have to try some!

    DAMIEN — Good point about the juice. And I agree — water is the best.

    SAYRE — I’m not surprised it was too sweet…58 grams of sugar in a 12 oz serving!

    Thanks, everyone, for coming by and commenting.

    Brian

  5. Kate Says:

    It’s amazing to me how many calories all those drinks pack. The other day I seen an advertisement on TV for a Baskin Robbins Smoothie, and thought, that’s can’t be that bad, so I went to their website to check it out. I almost fell out of my chair when I read the nutritional information. From now on, I think I will be happy with my Crystal Light Slurpee from 7-11 as a nice low calorie treat.

  6. Jesse Says:

    Thanks for the education on those drinks. I had no idea they were so caloric and contained so much sugar and fat. Although I’ve never had any of those drinks, I’ll know to stay away from them for sure!

  7. Sandy Says:

    The best thing for a hot day is water or juice. You can even ask your doctor about it.

    You also want to stay away from too many caffeine drinks as they can actually make you pass out. Caffeine is a diuretic (did I spell that right??) and can make you lose water when you need to be keeping it in your body.

    My favorite drink other than water on a hot day is Lemonade. Mmmmm. Not to sweet…just enough to get the tart out of it. I even like it when the ice melts and it becomes lemonade flavored water…but to be honest I like my sodas that way too so…

  8. totaltransformation Says:

    Can’t go wrong with a healthy smoothie. 1/2 cup low cal yogurt, 1/2 cup 1% milk, 1/2 cup each of two kinds of fruit (I like strawberry and banana). Now hit blend. It is that simple. For added nutrition add either cooked oats or a tablespoon of flax seeds.

  9. kerry Says:

    Yes, those “drinks” are really desserts! I am constantly amazed when I see people ordering those things, “with whip” in the middle of the day. If I am going to blow that many calories it is going to be some piece of homebaked goodness.

    I agree water is the best thing. I know people get all crazy about artificial sweetners, but moderation in all things, and as far as I know small amounts of artificial sweetner have not killed anyone yet as much as some would like to convince us otherwise. I personally do not like the taste of aspartame, but I do use splenda in moderation. I prefer rather than seeing something banned, that we are allowed to make an individual choice when the evidence is not cut and dry against the product.

    Also in terms of the diuretic effects of caffienated beverages…moderate drinking of them is fine and although caffiene IS a slight diuretic it can not overpower the effect of all the liquid you consumed while drinking it. So you are still net positive on liquids when you drink something caffienated. As long at you don’t overdo. I love a nice iced non fat latte in the summer!

  10. loseweightwithme Says:

    KATE — checking the nutritional info is a great habit to start!

    JESSE — hard to believe how much sugar are in those things, isn’t it?

    SANDY — I love lemonade, too. 🙂

    TT — smoothies are an awesome drink…I usually drink at least one a day.

    KERRY — I’m with ya on moderation!

    Thanks to all for the comments.

    Brian

  11. Sandy Says:

    “….Also in terms of the diuretic effects of caffienated beverages…moderate drinking of them is fine and although caffiene IS a slight diuretic it can not overpower the effect of all the liquid you consumed while drinking it. …”

    I have to disagree with this. I can drink one can..ONE CAN of anything with caffiene and I have to pee every few minutes for the next hour. And I mean really pee. I can drink water…and I am fine. I am just saying…be careful what you drink if you can’t or won’t drink water.

  12. loseweightwithme Says:

    SANDY — Good point…thanks for bringing it up!

    🙂

    Brian

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