The Scoop on Sweets, Sodas, and Shakes

Nutrition expert Hope Warshaw gives fast-food fanatics rules for eating healthy when it comes to desserts and beverages in her book Eat Out, Eat Right.


The shakes pack a lot of calories from carbohydrates, most of which are sugars. Surprisingly, however, some of them are fairly low in fat. The servings are large. Treat them as you would ice cream or other dessert. Order a small shake as an occasional dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. Request an extra cup and split it.


Desserts are easy to avoid in fast-food restaurants. For the most part, they aren’t very good, and since a server doesn’t come around after the meal to tempt you with them, they are rarely a factor. If you must indulge, order a small ice cream, a frozen yogurt, or an order of cookies. Share the dessert if you are able. Skip the pies, sundaes, and cheesecakes and save your calories for something tastier.


By far, the best beverage picks are water and lowfat or nonfat milk. Sometimes fruit juices, usually apple or orange, are available. Avoid the sugar-loaded lemonade and fruit punch, unless a diet alternative is offered. They contain calories with no nutrition and are no better than any other regular soft drink. Any noncaloric diet soft drinks, unsweetened iced tea, or hot coffee or tea without sugar or milk are good alternatives. Check out Chapter 7 for a complete review of nonalcoholic beverages.

Excerpted from Eat Out, Eat Right by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE. Copyright © 2008 by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE. Excerpted by permission of Surrey Books, a division of Agate Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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