How can I cut back on sugary drinks?

Here are some ways to reduce sugary drinks:
  • Go with H2O. Carry water with you -- and drink it all day long.
  • Get milk. Aim for 2 to 3 cups of skim or 1% milk every day. Your whole body -- especially your bones and teeth -- will thank you.
  • Rethink mealtime drinks. Drink water or milk (skim or 1%) at meals and snack times.
  • Make it special. Save soda, lemonade, sports drinks, Kool-Aid, and punch for special occasions -- no more than once a week. If you're used to drinking regular soda, switch to diet soda.
  • Watch the juice. Drink 100% fruit juice -- but limit yourself to one small (4 to 6 ounces) glass or juice box a day. Better yet, eat a piece of fruit instead. You'll get more nutrients and feel more satisfied.
  • Exercise caution. Go easy on the sports drinks. Most of the time, water is best for exercise.

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