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.
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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.