Sugary drinks and even the so-called “natural” and “diet” drinks are a health hazard. Many people don’t realize the amount of sugar they consume when they drink a glass of Coke or store bought orange juice. It’s extremely easy to go overboard with the amount of sugar and calories that these drinks contain. The diet drinks, which contain less sugar or no sugar, aren’t that much better. They contain artificial sweeteners that are linked to other health problems, therefore they are not the solution to your sugar cravings. So here are a few healthy drinks that you can safely consume as an alternative.
1. Add flavor to your water
Infusing your water with flavor doesn’t refer to adding artificial flavors and colors to plain, boring water. Buying flavored water from the store isn’t a great idea either, because they still contain some sugar or something even worse. The good news is, you can add aroma to water in a natural way, at home. Take your favorite fruit and veggies, slice them up, add them to a pitcher of water and store in the fridge. You can use oranges, lemons, mint, raspberries, anything you like. Fruit still contains some sugar, but not nearly in the quantities you get from the high fructose corn syrup you find in a soda can.
2. Drink tea
You can drink any tea, hot or cold. Herbs come in a wide variety, so you shouldn’t get bored with aromas any time soon. Green tea, mint, dandelion, ginseng and so much more can be enjoyed instead of sugary drinks. On top of not fattening you up, they can also help you lose weight, reduce blood pressure and reduce the risk of having diabetes.
If you’re not a fan of herbs, no problem! You can find many tea blends made from dried berries and other fruit.
3. Homemade citrus soda
If you’re having a hard time giving up sweet sodas, or you’re having a craving from a sugar-rich lemonade, you can make a sugar free alternative by yourself. Fill a glass with sparkling water, add a few slices of lemon and lime, and sweeten it with some stevia extract. Stevia is a natural, herbal sweetener that has no calories. This is a truly light lemon soda that can help you break away from sugar.
You can occasionally drink an ice cold glass of low-fat milk or soy milk if you can’t have dairy products. When you cut back on sugar, your body might experience some unusual cravings, not necessarily sugar cravings. Dairy milk is a great option because of the calcium and vitamin D content, but it’s also a low-calorie source of carbs. When you stop taking sugar, these carbs can help you get by.
Soy milk is a good alternative if you don’t consume dairy products. It’s nutritious and packed with protein.
5. Coffee (black)
Drink coffee moderately! Coffee and caffeine, in general, has been proven to be healthy as long as you don’t drink more than a cup or two per day. Coffee is great for your health, black, with no sugar. It helps keep your mind alert, improves physical fitness and even boosts your metabolism, therefore helping with weight loss.