Made with rice, melon seeds or almonds, and sugar, Horchata is a traditional Spanish beverage that's also served in Mexico. Horchata pairs well with spicy cuisine and is sweet and rich enough for a dessert. Though this creamy beverage goes down easy on a hot day, it can be very high in calories. If horchata is on the menu, have no more than one glass to help maintain your weight.
Many authentic recipes for horchata exist, each with varying nutrition levels. Almonds are a calorically dense food, so these versions are typically the most fattening. One homemade almond horchata posted on MyFitnessPal yields 240 calories per 8-ounce serving, while a recipe from the University of Illinois Extension, made with almonds and skim milk, contains 212 calories per serving. A melon-seed recipe from Food.com contains just 129 calories per serving. To reduce the calorie content of your recipe, use as little sugar as possible.