Summer’s hot days and warm nights can make even the most dedicated water-drinker reach for a thirst-quenching juice or sugary soda. Before you grab just anything off the shelf, try to be a bit discerning, recommends Monique Ryan, RD. The Illinois-based nutritionist says that lots of seemingly “healthy” sodas and juices are filled with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. For a truly healthy summer cooler, Ryan advises finding a drink made from real fruit juice rather than artificial ingredients or other additives. Or consider milk or plain soy beverages, both rich in protein and calcium, she says.
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