|NSTEAD OF…||WHICH PACKS…||DRINK…||WHICH PACKS…||WHY?|
|Your morning latte||200-300 calories||A ready-to-drink lean protein shake with caffeine||170 calories||You’ll be turning your morning cup of java into a satisfying nutrient-fortified breakfast. You’ll still get your caffeine boost, but with a healthy dose of vitamins and fewer calories, carbs and sugar. Plus, you’ll enjoy the added benefits of protein—which contributes to energy and satiety, which may aid in appetite control.|
|Lunchtime lemonade||180 calories||Naturally flavored sparkling water||0 calories||It’s fizzy, refreshing and provides a splash of flavor. It’s also a great way to add some variety to your daily water intake.|
|Sweetened bottled ice tea with dinner||135-225 calories||Ice tea made from green tea—unsweetened or sweetened with a zero-calorie sugar substitute||0 calories||It’s an easy way to slash 100-200 calories and keep you from going over your daily budget. Plus, green tea is loaded with antioxidants and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a type of flavanoid called a catechin that may supports metabolism. Green tea also contains caffeine, which has thermogenic properties, which is what happens when your body torches calories to produce heat.|
|A post-workout can or bottle of soda||140-230 calories||One bottle of pure whey protein isolate||110 calories||Sure, it has some calories, but not as many as soda. And, unlike soda—which has no nutritional value—it has potassium to help replenish lost fluids and it’s packed with 20 grams of muscle-refueling protein. The sugar and empty calories of soda can’t hold a candle to that.|
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