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2008 Healthy Food Awards: The Best Beverages

The problem with some drinks? They're loaded with calories and sugar. Almost every choice here has 120 or fewer per serving and no added sugar.

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Best Hot Chocolate

Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Fat Free with Calcium
Thicker and richer than any of the other fat-free bands we tried. Delish!

Per envelope: 50 calories, 3g protein, 10g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), <1g fiber.

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Best Vanilla Soy Milk

Vitasoy Light Vanilla Soy Drink
Good natural vanilla flavor.

Per cup: 70 calories, 4g protein, 10g carbohydrate, 2g fat (0.5g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Chocolate Soy Milk

ZenSoy Chocolate Soy Milk
Supremely chocolaty. It's dessert in a glass.

Per cup: 170 calories, 7g protein, 27g carbohydrate, 4g fat (1g saturated), 2g fiber.

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Best OJ

Tropicana Pure Premium Calcium and Vitamin D 100% Pure Orange Juice
The closest we could find to fresh-squeezed, with vitamin D to help with calcium absorption.

Per cup: 110 calories, 2g protein, 26g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Light OJ

Tropicana Light 'n Healthy with Calcium Light Orange Juice Beverage
An easy way to cut back on the number of calories you drink every day without sacrificing taste.

Per cup: 50 calories, <1g protein, 13g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Fruit Smoothie

Bolthouse Farms Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie
Thick like a smoothie should be. Tastes like you're drinking real fruit -- because you are.

Per cup: 124 calories, 1g protein, 29g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), <1g fiber.

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Best Half-Water, Half-Juice Drink

Mott's for Tots Fruit Punch
Sure, it's for kids, but there's no reason you can't drink it too. We love the light, fruity flavor.

Per box: 60 calories, 0g protein, 13g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Light Juice

Ocean Spray Light Cran-Grape Juice Drink
An old favorite now has less than half the calories.

Per cup: 40 calories, 0g protein, 10g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Blended Juice

Tropicana Pure 100% Raspberry Acai Juice
Acai is the hot new antioxidant-rich superfruit. Drink to your health!

Per bottle: 200 calories, 3g protein, 45g carbohydrate, 1g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Veggie Juice

V8 Low Sodium 100% Vegetable Juice
For those who like V8 but need to watch their salt intake. It's delicious with a splash of Tabasco.

Per cup: 50 calories, 2g protein, 10g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 2g fiber.

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Best Sparkling Water

Poland Spring Sparkling Spring Water Lemon Essence
Just the right amount of fizz with a squeeze of tangy lemon.

Per cup: 0 calories, 0g protein, 0g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Flavored Water

Aquafina Alive Satisfy Peach Mango
The subtle fruit flavor is refreshing, plus you get 3 grams of fiber per cup.

Per cup: 10 calories, 0g protein, 3g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 3g fiber.

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Best Iced Tea

Tazo Organic Iced Black Tea
A little bit of sweet and 100 percent natural.

Per cup: 35 calories, 0g protein, 10g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Flavored Iced Tea

Lipton Pure Leaf Peach Iced Tea
A refreshing combo of tea plus peach flavor.

Per cup: 40 calories, 0g protein, 11g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Energy Drink

Red Bull Sugarfree
Gives you the same caffeine boost as the regular version, but for only 10 calories per can.

Per can: 10 calories, <1g protein, 3g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Sports Drink

POWERade Lemon-Lime Energy Drink
The light citrus flavor makes it a great choice for those who like to have water when they're working out but need the electrolytes and calories.

Per cup: 60 calories, 0g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Lemonade

Crystal Light Sugar Free Lemonade
The next best thing to homemade.

Per 1/8 tub: 5 calories, 0g protein, 0g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Light Beer

Heineken Premium Light
A light beer that's not light on taste. We tested it several times just to make sure!

Per bottle: 99 calories, 1.5g protein, 7g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2008.

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