Health Tip: Quench Your Thirst Without Extra Calories

(HealthDay News) -- It's important to drink a lot of fluids during the hot summer months. But too many sugary drinks can widen your waistline.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these beverages that avoid the empty calories:

  • Enjoy sparkling water or ice cold tap water with a few slices of lemon, lime or cucumber for added flavor.

  • Before you drink coconut water, read the label to make sure it's not high in sodium.

  • Pour fat-free or low-fat milk over ice.

  • Create your own thirst quencher by combining different kinds of 100-percent fruit juice and adding fresh fruit.

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