Empty calories refer to the foods and beverages that we eat and drink, which contain little to no nutritional value. They may taste great, or downright heavenly, but they don’t serve a purpose in terms of providing our bodies with the vitamins and nutrients required to thrive. Most of us will never completely eliminate empty calories from our diet, but we can drastically reduce them.
Keep Your Coffee Black
Going to your local coffee shop may be part of your daily ritual, but your order likely contains a bunch of sugar and calories you really don’t need. This goes beyond the sugar you add in, but to the syrup, chocolate, and whip cream in your favorite café coffee. Keep your coffee black to avoid the empty calories, or just add a bit of milk and sugar.
Additional Empty Calories From Beverages
The fact of the matter is, you can easily hydrate your body each day with little to no calories in your beverages. Try to hydrate with water, fruit-infused water, and herbal teas. Skip the empty calories found in sports drinks, soda, and processed juice. To mix things up, drink coconut water for electrolytes and fresh squeezed smoothies and juice.
Even if you don’t eat much, the empty calories in your processed snacks really add up. And don’t be fooled by the semi-healthy snacks, like sugar coated peanuts. Stick with fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and low-fat dairy for your daily snacks.
Also keep your eye out for ways to swap out ingredients in the foods you cook from scratch, like substituting applesauce for sugar when baking.