Replacing Dew

I've written about drinking Mountain Dew on 2 previous occasions. I've tried reducing my intake, but I always bounce back up. This time I've gone cold turkey. I'm proud to say that neither Dew nor any other "soda" has touched my lips in 42 days. I don't think I've gone that long since I was 5.

I'm drinking more water, but I still like something with some taste, so I've been trying various drinks to replace where I'd normally drink pop. I've tried more diet varieties, but I really can't stand fake sugar. The problem with stuff that isn't pop is that it is expensive. Dew is pennies compared to drinking Naked Juice, Sobe, and Izze.

My ultimate goal is to find a good tasting, reasonably priced, lower calorie drink. Here's a chart I made of some of the drinks I've been drinking recently.

Maybe it is no surprise to you, but drinking Tropicana Lemonade is like drinking Pepsi. The healthy Green Tea has lots of calories. As for the rest, factor in price, and surprisingly, Gatorade comes out the winner. Low in calories. Tastes good. Cheaper than most drinks that aren't pop.

As a final motivator to stay off Dew, 1 pound is equal to 3500 calories. If you drink 48 ounces of dew a day, that's 660 calories. If you simply switch to Gatorade, you save 360 calories a day and will lose a pound every 10 days with no other changes to your diet. That's 36 pounds in a year!

What are your favorite drinks that are low in calories (but not zero calories)?


Samantha said...

I love Snapple's Kiwi Strawberry, although it can seem too sugary to me sometimes. According to http://www.calorie-count.com/calories/item/14123.html there are 48 calories in one Kiwi Strawberry and a total of 11.8g of carbs.

---ryan said...

Unfortunately, that's for a 100g serving which is only 3.5 ounces. The servings in my graph are 8 ounces, so you'll need to more than double those numbers which puts it right up with Dew. Doh!

---ryan said...

Vitamin Water Orange Orange


crturboguy said...

Thought it's aspartame, I really dig the Lipton Diet Citrus Green Tea. Low calories, and no carbs.