Looking for new places to land your flexy straw? Check out some of my favorite new drinkables...
HG staffers have been going gaga for this all-natural soda! It comes in cool flavors like Cucumber, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean, and Blood Orange, each with only four ingredients. Totally unique, not too sweet, and just 45 to 70 calories per bottle. Bubbly brilliance!
Each 12-oz. bottle has 45 - 70 calories, 0g fat, 11 - 19g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, and a PointsPlus® value of 1 - 2.
Ocean Spray Diet Cran-Cherry
This is the latest (and possibly greatest) addition to Ocean Spray's family of diet cranberry juice drinks. It tastes a little bit like cherry Jell-O, and it goes amazingly well with diet lemon-lime soda (like Sprite Zero). Feel free to experiment with other guilt-free mixers, and let the sipping begin! And if the impressive stats and taste aren't enough to sell you on it, each cup has a whopping 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Nice!!!
Each 8-oz. serving has 5 calories, 0g fat, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 0.
Starbucks VIA Veranda Blend Blonde Instant Coffee
This coffee is life-changingly delicious, and I highly recommend that you try it. I wasn't a huge fan of the regular brewed coffees from The Bucks (a little too bitter), but I am now officially obsessed with this new Blonde Roast brew. I keep these single-serving packets on hand at all times — I love it hot or iced. Excellent work, Starbucks! Warning: Once you try this coffee you may never be able to enjoy other instant coffees again. Consider the bar raised...
Each packet has 0 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, and PointsPlus value of 0.
Crystal Light Mocktails
I said a tearful goodbye to these limited-edition, sugar-free powdered drink mixes last summer, but then they came back... for good! They're nonalcoholic and have only 5 calories per serving — perfect for making low-calorie cocktails and virgin drinks. Note: A serving is 1/8th of a packet; each packet makes a 2-qt. pitcher. So invite some friends over and enjoy a guilt-free margarita, mojito, or appletini. Three more reasons to love Crystal Light!
Each serving (1/8th of a packet) has 5 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 0.
Bom Dia Coconut Splash Tropical Mango
While there's an abundance of coconut water on supermarket shelves these days, not all of it tastes good. This all-natural drink tastes great! It's also packed with electrolytes, and a bottle has more potassium than a banana. Definitely worth the 60 calories...
Each 8-oz. serving has 60 calories, 0g fat, 16g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 2.
New Trop50 Flavors: Raspberry with Green Tea, Peach with White Tea, Pear Lychee with White Tea, Red Orange
The geniuses at Tropicana have created more reduced-calorie juice drinks... because you can never have too many. (They're up to a dozen varieties now!) Like all of the other Trop50 flavors, these four are naturally sweetened with stevia. And they taste amazing! I especially love the Pear Lychee with White Tea. Perfection.
Each 8-oz. serving has 35 - 50 calories, 0g fat, 8 - 12g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 1.