5 Healthier Options for Your Favorite Drinks

We visited popular sipping spots with SELF experts Stephanie Clarke, R.D. and Willow Jarosh, R.D. to help you slash calories with equally tasty options.

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What She's Drinking

"I have a smoothie almost every day for lunch." Dimitria Parisis, 22, New York City

News Flash
This lunch has as much sugar—91 grams—as three Snickers.

Smoothie Shop

Jamba Juice Original (24 ounces) Aloha Pineapple Smoothie

410 calories, 1.5 g fat

Sip it Smarter

Jamba Juice 16 oz Apple 'n Greens Smoothie

220 calories, 1 g fat

We applaud the high-fiber fruit and calcium-rich yogurt in Parisis's choice. But sherbet adds mega sugar, and the shake falls too short on protein to make a balanced lunch. Swap it for the Apple 'n Greens to cut 190 calories and 51 g sugar. Our pick also has 2 g more fiber, thanks to extra fruit (mango, peach) and veg (spinach, kale). Pair it with 1 oz. protein-packed nuts for a complete lunch.

More: A Green Smoothie Recipe

What She's Drinking

"I usually eat healthy, but this is my indulgence." Vernice Toussaint, 23, NYC

News Flash
Her treat has more calories than eight Oreos.


Starbucks Grande Iced Caramel Macchiato with whipped cream, extra vanilla syrup and caramel

440 calories, 21.5 g fat

Sip it Smarter

Starbucks Tall Coffee Frappuccino with skim milk, no whipped cream

160 calories, 0 g fat

There's room for treats in every diet, but the added syrup and caramel and whipped cream turn Toussaint's drink from a small splurge into a calorie and fat overload. Trade it for the coffee frappuccino: It has the same craveable qualities. (Creamy texture? Check! Tastes like a milk shake? Yep!) But forgoing the high-cal extras and opting for skim milk trims 280 calories and 21.5 g fat. And it's still very flavorful, so the smaller cup is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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