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March 20, 2003

flavorful low-cal drinks

I've never liked any diet pop until just recently when I discovered Red Raspberry Diet Rite-- for some reason I like it. Mostly, of course, I try to avoid pop and drink as much water as possible.

I'm not a coffee drinker, really, but I became fond of certain lattes and frappucinos and other fancy "coffee drinks" a while ago. But they contain so much sugar and/or fat, it's just not a good habit to drink those sorts of things. Anyone know of any flavorful coffee drinks that aren't chock full of calories?

I'm also fond of tea, especially really strong spicy tea (like Good Earth tea), so it shouldn't surprise you that I fell in love with chai. Love almost all varieties of Oregon Chai. A friend recently discovered "slightly sweet" Oregon Chai which only has 21 calories or so per serving: I'll definitely need to track that down.

I love Honest Tea, especially in the "Gold Rush" flavor (which is very cinnamon-y and reminds me of Good Earth tea). Honest teas are unsweetened or sweetened just a little bit with honey. It's good stuff, so I splurge on a bottle or two when I can (not often these days).

Do you have any favorite low-cal drinks that are still chock full of flavor? I'd love to hear about 'em.

'Cuz while water is good for you and I've learned to drink a lot of it, sometimes I really want something spicy or coffee-y or citrus-y (or even full of artificial flavors, I can't help it).

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Iced americano with equal. I put half & half, but you can sub nonfat if you like.
It's just shots over ice, then you doll it up!

Posted by: dayment at March 23, 2003 06:33 PM

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Iced blackberry or black currant tea is lovely, too -- no sugar necessary.

I also love Mexican aguas frescas; although they do call for a little bit of sugar, it's to taste, and you can leave it out. Take a large cantaloupe of half a watermelon, scoop out and purée the flesh, strain it to remove the pulp, then mix with about 1-1/2 cups water and add 2-4 tablespoons of sugar if needed, and the juice of 2-3 limes for tartness. Makes about a quart.

You can use strawberries, pineapples, peaches, anything you can purée (you need abou 3-4 cups fruit). Tamarind makes a wonderful agua fresca; use prepared tamarind pulp and almost a full quart of water.

I despise just about all diet sodas, but I do rather like Diet Barq's, which still tastes like root beer and avoids most of that awful aspartame taste.

Posted by: Chuck at March 24, 2003 07:27 PM

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I'm having problems displaying your style sheet - maybe because I'm running safari on OSX?

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