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Easy Liquid Calorie Breakdown

We all know that drinks can pack a good amount of calories, but the problem is that you don't always get the calorie counts on the glass (fountain drinks, restaurants, etc.), which can make calculating the calories a tough feat.

In light of this WebMD has created an easy list of general calorie counts for common beverages. I suggest printing yourself out a copy and keeping it in your wallet.

Beverage Calories
12-ounce light beer 110
12-ounce regular beer 160
8-ounce coffee with cream and sugar 30
5 ounces of wine 120-130
6-ounce wine spritzer 80 calories
16-ounce sweetened tea 160 calories
12-ounce diet soda 0
12-ounce soda 150 calories
20-ounce smoothie 410 calories

Keep in mind that the calorie counts are not exact, but a generalization to give you something to go by. For example, if you're getting a smoothie with peanut butter and whipped cream, it's probably going to be a bit more than 410 calories.


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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
i gave up all sodas for the new year
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I try not to drink calories...I'd much rather get them from food. But I DO like my light beer on occasion, so I just count that towards my daily intake. My husband doesn't keep track though...he figures beer is just free calories or something. He can easily drink 5 a night and I'll remind him that he just drank about 600 or 700 calories right there.
allisonblue allisonblue 9 years
leigha926, that's why I love Smoothie King -- drinking even the small smoothies feels like eating a meal! :)
leigha926 leigha926 9 years
i'm kind of the other way around...i think it's really pointless to drink my calories. honestly, if i'm going to consume 410 calories, i'd rather have some fresh fruit and maybe something more filling instead of drinking it all. so personally, i really only drink calorie-free or low calorie beverages like water, diet soda, or black coffee, and that way i save my calories for eating.
allisonblue allisonblue 9 years
I hope people don't make decisions about their liquid intake based on calories ALONE ... even though a smoothie would obviously have more calories than diet soda (which, ew), a smoothie could also have healthy things like yogurt and fresh berries. I think ingredients matter A LOT more than calories as a rule of thumb.
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