Drink this/not that on hot summer days

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The summer temperatures are rising, and what better way to beat the heat than with an icy cold drink from a fast-food place or coffee shop?

From fruity frappes to iced coffees, there are plenty of new, refreshing drinks out there to try. But if you’re looking to keep your summer figure in check, you might want to read the nutritional content before you start sipping. Some of these frozen concoctions have more calories than a full meal.

There are several fairly obvious things you can do to cut calories from traditional menu drinks — hold the whipped cream, request it be made with nonfat milk or sugar-free flavoring, or order it in the smallest size offered.

But if you feel you must have the biggest, creamiest, sweetest drink out there, at least be in the know before you go through the drive-through.

Here’s a quick guide to better and worse summer beverage choices at favorite pit stops.

Starbucks

Drink this:

Unsweetened orange spice iced coffee (grande)

5 calories

0 grams fat

0 grams carbs

0 grams sugar

0 grams protein

Not that:

Iced white chocolate mocha (grande)

340 calories

9 grams fat

55 grams carbs

55 grams sugar

11 grams protein

Jamba Juice

Drink this:

Protein Berry Workout Smoothie (16 ounces)

290 calories

0 grams fat

54 grams carbs

45 grams sugar

17 grams protein

Not that:

Peanut Butter Moo’d Smoothie (16 ounces)

480 calories

10 grams fat

83 grams carbs

72 grams sugar

13 grams protein

Dairy Queen

Drink this:

Orange Julius Original (medium)

280 calories

0 grams fat

69 grams carbs

65 grams sugar

0 grams protein

Not that:

Oreo Royal Shake (medium)

840 calories

34 grams fat

118 grams carbs

89 grams sugar

18 grams protein

McDonald’s

Drink this:

Mango pineapple smoothie (small)

220 calories

1 gram fat

49 grams carbs

47 grams sugar

3 grams protein

Not that:

McCafe Chocolate Chip Frappe (small)

530 calories

23 grams fat

76 grams carbs

67 grams sugar

8 grams protein

Smoothie King

Drink this:

Lean1 Strawberry Smoothie (20 ounces)

275 calories

6 grams fat

35 grams carbs

28 grams sugar

20 grams protein

Not that:

Pina Colada Island (20 ounces)

600 calories

10 grams fat

110 grams carbs

98 grams sugar

13 grams protein

Seattle’s Best

Drink this:

Iced mocha (medium)

290 calories

13 grams fat

38 grams carbs

32 grams sugar

8 grams protein

Not that:

Frozen Mint Chocolate Chip Mocha (medium)

480 calories

17 grams fat

79 grams carbs

66 grams sugar

6 grams protein

Source: Restaurants’ websites

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