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Drinks
Calories from beverages can add up fast. And new research on artificial sweeteners shows that even diet soda, although calorie free, can result in weight gain. When it comes to liquids, water is the only thing your body needs. But when it comes to grilling out, most people like to drink something both flavorful and refreshing. Use the chart below for some sweet ideas when you want something besides water.

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Lemonade (8 oz)

120 calories

Sweet tea (8 oz)
100 calories

Water with lemon (8 oz)
4 calories
or
Unsweetened tea (8 oz)

2 calories


Pies & Desserts
Berries make fresh, nutritious choices for summer and spring, but the way they're prepared can often add way more sugar than these naturally-sweet fruits need. Go for fresh fruit (like watermelon slices or fruit salad) as a healthy guilt-free dessert. Can't resist that cake or pie? Pile on the fresh berries and fruit and try just a taste of the cake, whipped cream or other dessert.

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Blueberry pie (1/8 of pie)

473 calories

19g fat

Strawberry shortcake with whipped cream and sweetened strawberries (2.5 oz)
325 calories

8g fat

Angel food cake (2 oz) with fresh strawberries (1/2 cup)

120 calories
0g fat




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A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.


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