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Drinks = Liquid Candy

Alcohol and sweetened coffee drinks are mostly sugar. We call them liquid candy because they raise blood sugar levels just as quickly as candy does. These drinks are usually large, so their calories add up fast.

If you are following a meal plan, try to avoid alcohol and caloric coffee drinks. If you DO have them, count them as grains (and, sometimes, fats and dairy as well: see chart) and subtract whatever you consume in alcohol or coffee from your daily exchanges. The table shows the calories, serving size, exchange value (the amount to be subtracted from your daily exchange), and, just for fun, the candy equivalent.

As you can see, these drinks are all expensive exchanges! Water, diet juice or soda, and decaf tea or coffee without sugar (adding milk or even a little half and half is fine) are all better choices. They keep you hydrated without adding calories.

Alcoholic DrinksGrain ExchangesServing Size (in ounces)CaloriesCandy Equivalent

Hard liquor: rum, vodka, whisky

1

1

70

3 marshmallows

Wine

1

3

75

3 marshmallows

Light beer

1

12

100

5 marshmallows

Bloody Mary

11/2

5

125

6 marshmallows

Dessert wine (sherry, port, other fortified wines)

11/2

3

125

6 marshmallows

Beer

2

12

150

7 marshmallows

Soda (all regular varieties)

2

12

150

7 marshmallows

Gin and tonic

2

8

175

8 marshmallows

Rum and coke

2

8

182

8 marshmallows

Martini

21/2

3

195

9 marshmallows

Malt beverage or wine cooler

3

12

220

10 marshmallows

Daiquiri

3

4

226

10 marshmallows

Long Island iced tea

3

8

228

10 marshmallows

Margarita

7

8

542

28 marshmallows

Coffee DrinksGrain, Dairy and Fat ExchangesServing Size
(in ounces)
CaloriesCandy Equivalent

Starbuck's® Caramel Macchiato, with skim milk

1 grain, 1 dairy

16

190

2 fun size Mars bars

Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta®

3 grains

16

230

41 jelly beans

Starbuck's® Mocha Frappuccino

3 grains

16

290

5 Tootsie Pops®

Au Bon Pain® Frozen Mocha Blast

3 grains, 1 dairy

16

320

10 caramels

Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Bean Coolatta®

4 grains, 3 fats

16

440

125 plain M&Ms®

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