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2008 Healthy Food Awards: The Best Beverages

  • 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),

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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),

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.