Healthy Eating: Healthier Beverage Options1

Linda Bobroff and Emily Minton 2

Use this chart to help replace beverages high in sugar, fat, or sodium with healthier alternatives.

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Figure 1. 
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Table 1. 

Instead of...


Regular coffee with cream, whole or 2% milk, and sugar

Regular coffee with low-fat or fat-free milk and (one) artificial sweetener

Sweet tea

Unsweet tea. Add one artificial sweetener for a sweeter taste.

Regular soda

Diet soda or a glass of seltzer water with a splash of 100% fruit juice

Whole or 2% milk

1% low-fat or fat-free milk


Club soda with lemon or lime juice

Fruit punch or fruit-ade

100% fruit juice (small glass)

Vegetable juice

Low-sodium vegetable juice

Shake made with ice cream, fruit, and added sugar

Smoothie made with low-fat frozen yogurt and fruit


1. This document is FCS80011 (la versión en español de este documento es Alimentación saludable: Opciones de bebidas más saludales (FCS80011-Span)), one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date March 2012. Revised May 2015. Reviewed September 2018. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.
2. Linda Bobroff, PhD, RDN, professor; and Emily Minton, BS, former ENAFS program coordinator, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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Date: 2018-10-14
Minton, Emily A

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