July 2022

Ask Melissa: No or Lo-Cal Refreshing Drinks

I know how important it is for both my skin and body to stay hydrated during the summer, but I don’t like the taste of plain water. Any tips on easy-to-drink beverages that won’t pack on the pounds?

It is certainly very important, especially in the summertime, to drink lots of water. I am not a huge fan of plain water as well, so I need to get creative to make sure I get the recommended daily amount (.5 oz multiplied by your body weight in pounds). Below are several options for refreshing, healthy, and great-tasting drinks that won’t increase your waistline!

My go-to drink is a cranberry and club soda. You can vary how sweet you want it by adjusting the amount of club soda (I like it with half of each). Try using Ocean Spray Light Cran-Rasberry Juice, which is lower in calories and tastes delicious. Cranberry juice is known to have various health benefits – it can help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and urinary tract infections.

Buy Now, White Rock Club Soda (Pack of 12), $16.89
Buy Now, Ocean Spray Light Cranberry Rasberry Juice Drink (Pack of 8), $53.52

A new favorite of mine is Skinny Water. The Raspberry Pomegranate Crave Control flavor is zero calories and contains electrolytes and Super CitriMax, which is known to curb your appetite. It reminds me of the days when my mom used to make raspberry Jell-O in the liquid form… only this is cold and tastes better!

Buy Now, Skinny Water Crave Control Raspberry Pomegranate (Pack of 12), $18.75

Vitamin Water has been very popular for a while now, however, I prefer the newer zero calorie version. Naturally sweetened and packed with antioxidants from acai berries, blueberries, and pomegranates, Vitamin Water Zero’s “XXX” is my favorite. It’s super refreshing and energizing with vitamins A, B, C, and electrolytes.

Buy Now, Vitamin Water Zero XXX (Pack of 24), $37.32


Coconut water is extremely hydrating and tastes delicious! It’s perfect to drink after a workout because it has more muscle-soothing potassium than a banana, plus electrolytes. I prefer it fresh from the coconut, but they can be difficult to find, and you need a machete to cut off the tops. An easier option is to drink ZICO Coconut Water. I always keep several bottles in my fridge – It’s 60 calories for one 14 fl oz bottle, and fat-free, too!

Buy Now, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water (Pack of 12), $25.31

Tasty and full of antioxidants, Honest Tea’s Passion Fruit Green Tea with Maqui Berry is zero calories and naturally sweetened. This drink is sweeter than most of the other Honest Tea drinks, so it’s great if you have a sweet tooth.

Buy Now, Honest Tea Passion Fruit Green Tea with Maqui Berry, $15.99

My best-kept secret of all is SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia in Vanilla Crème flavor. Just add three-five drops of this all-natural sweetener to 12 oz of water. The concentrated drops are available in a variety of flavors, but my personal favorite is the vanilla. Try adding it to club soda and you will make yourself a healthy crème soda!

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Glam Model/Actress Molly Sims Reveals Everything from Beauty Secrets to Guilty Pleasures

By Katrina Caspelich

When Zico Coconut Water unveiled it’s new “I am natural” ad campaign, I interviewed spokesmodel Molly Sims about her career from being an actress on TV’s Vegas, to now an HSN jewelry designer. She shared her lifestyle tips, including the benefits of coconut water and must-have beauty picks.

KC: When did you first get involved with Zico?

MS: They found out that I love it. I was drinking it a while ago when I was working out with my trainer Tracy, and my work out was so strenuous it was taking a lot out of me. I lose a lot of salt, and this is the best drink for that. I don’t have to eat a banana if I drink this [coconut water]—it has the same potassium content.
Buy Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, Natural, $26.49 for pack of 12, at amazon.com

KC: You recently started your own HSN jewelry line, Grayce by Molly Sims. Are you wearing Grayce?
MS: Yes, I am wearing it. And we have the e-commerce site, graycebymollysims.com.

KC: What is your favorite item?
MS: Oh my gosh, I don’t know, probably the mixed metal pieces, but I love the color accents too.
PageDaily pick: Buy Grayce by Molly Sims Braided Metal Bracelet in Gold, $69, at graycebymollysims.com
PageDaily pick: Buy Grayce by Molly Sims Resin Bangle with Crystal Point in Black, $79, at graycebymollysims.com

KC: What kind of women do you design for?
MS: Every woman—I think that’s the key to my success. That it is great for my mom, and myself, and it’s all under $250. It’s all really affordable.

KC: You design jewelry, you obviously love accessories. What’s your one must-have accessory?
MS: I am obsessed with my Valentino bag—they remade it. I’m so obsessed. I got it last season, and it’s amazing. I’m having it dyed chocolate brown because I love it, and I cannot give it up.

KC: How do you stay fit?
MS: I love juicing. I am just about to try the Red

Carpet Cleanse in LA. They deliver it every morning. I love olive, spinach, and parsley. I have one every day of my life.
Buy Red Carpet Juice Cleanse, $90/day, at redcarpetcleanses.com

KC: What are the top 3 items in your makeup bag?
MS: I love Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment. I love the Jouer Crème eyeshadow in Chiffon. It comes in Feather as well, it’s really nice, and Cashmere. That whole palette is awesome. Their Luminizing Moisture Tint is also really good. It’s not too orangey, and it comes in an SPF. I love Bobbi Brown Powder Pink Pot for lips and cheeks; it’s a great everyday go-to. I love Chanel lip gloss, too.
Buy Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50, at sephora.com
Buy Jouer Crème Eyeshadow, $20, at jouercosmetics.com
Buy Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Bronzed, $38, at jouercosmetics.com
Buy Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Powder Pink, $22, at bobbibrowncosmetics.com

KC: What are your best fashion and beauty tips?
MS: Know your body, look in a mirror, have people be honest with you. Simple is always the best and find what works. If your foundation or your base works on you, keep it. And also, ladies, learn to use a primer because you sweat, and if you don’t you are going to shine.

KC: You are a model, actress, and now a spokesmodel. What next?
MS: Trying to get back on TV. I had such an amazing 6 years of acting on Vegas. It just has to be the right thing.

KC: What is your guilty pleasure?
MS: Cake, M&Ms . . . oh, and I love trail mix!

For more celeb coverage, read Elizabeth Hurley’s Latest Adventures and our Interview with Burlesque Dancer Dita Von Teese. Have a guilty pleasure? Tell us! Tweet @PageDaily or post it on our Facebook fan page.

Buy Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, Natural


Buy Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, Natural, $26.49 for 12 pack, at amazon.com

  • Contains five essential electrolytes and more potassium than one banana
  • No added sugar, fat, or cholesterol
  • Can be used in cocktails and smoothies or as a sports drink
  • Kosher

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Glam Model Turned Actress Molly Sims Reveals Everything from her Beauty Secrets to Guilty Pleasures