It’s a new year and a new you! Why not kick off 2016 with a healthy bang?! Drinking water throughout the day is super important, but what about those instances when you want something with a tad flavor and a little sass – without all the sugar and calories? Take it from me! I used to drink soda like water and drink water rarely, if ever. Kind of crazy if you know me because I’m such a health and wellness fanatic (my oldest friends remind me from time to time of my Skittles and Cherry Coke binges). After breaking ties with sugary sodas, I had to find new tenderoni’s to satisfy my needs.
Here are my TOP 5 FAVORITE HEALTHY BEVERAGES that you can find in your nearest health food store!
1. HONEST FIZZ ORGANIC PROFESSOR FIZZ:
0 Calories per Serving.
If you are looking for something like a delicious fruit soda, then here it is! I stumbled upon this drink accidentally and when I decided to give it a go – I was beyond pleasantly surprised and shocked that it has zero calories. This drink is sweetened with Organic Stevia, which isn’t even sugar but rather an extract from leaves. Stevia has long been used for over 1,500 years by the Guaraní peoples of South America. It is also sweetened by Organic Erythritol, which is a sugar alcohol It occurs naturally in some fruit and fermented foods. At the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeast. Erythritol is 60–70% as sweet as sucrose (table sugar), yet it is almost noncaloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is partially absorbed by the body, excreted in urine and feces.
It’s important to note that sweeteners from Agave to Erythritol should be used or consumed in moderation, if at all. Just my thought, but I’m no expert so – always have a chat with your medical peoples.
2. BRAGG ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
20 Calories per Serving.
This drink completely baffled me when my hydrocolon therapist put me on to it (yes, I get routine colonics to keep my gut in check!). I knew about Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and I actually use it on salads and take shots of it from time to time, but in full drink form? I will say I love this drink, but it has a slight sour flavor to it…which you may or may not like. Either way, it’s a nice juice option and comes in flavors like Concord Grape, Apple Cinnamon and Limeade!
3. SYNERGY ORGANIC & RAW KOMBUCHA:
35 Calories per Serving.
New to the kombucha game? Well, this is the brand I would suggest. It’s sweet and they have tons of flavors…like Guava, Strawberry, Lavendar and even Mojito. Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly used as functional beverages for their unsubstantiated health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” which populates your gut with with those healthy bacteria that tend to get killed by various other bacteria and the administration of anti-biotics.
*Just be careful when opening, because of their natural raw and carbonated state – they tend to be frazzled, so make sure and open slowly so not to get sprayed.
4. Health Ade Kombucha
35 Calories per Serving.
Health Ade is also a delicious maker of kombucha’s and these taste less sugary, but super on point with sharp flavor and powerful carbonation. You know when you need something really bubbly and sweet? Maybe even something for a morning hangover? I mean not saying that I use it often for that, but…it definitely hits the spot! Anyways, they also have delicious flavors; Ginger-Lemon is my joint though.
5. Sparkling Water:
After I quit drinking soda, I realized it was carbonation that I missed most. Sparkling water satisfies a lot of those cravings for me. You know, when you need some hard bubbles to make you burp. The fun thing about sparkling water is that you can add your favorite fruit to it for flavor – I particularly like adding grapefruit, it makes it a nice fancy lady spritzer.
Hope this helps you to cut back on empty calories, feel refreshed or just plain have a new beverage option. I’m sure some of them make good mixers for a healthy cocktail also.