6 Healthy Alternatives to Sugary Soda
As research mounts about the negative consequences of drinking soda, some people are scrambling for a healthier alternative. If you’ve been drinking soda for a while, you might find your affinity is hard to shake. But you have to start somewhere – and here are six viable options!
For a zero-calorie beverage, green tea has a surprising number of nutritional benefits. Chalk full of antioxidants and other disease-fighting nutrients, green tea guards against heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and more. It even contains fluoride, which strengthens your teeth. Green tea is a bit of an acquired taste for some, but after a while you’ll be hooked.
Toss your favorite fruits into a pitcher of water and allow time for the flavors to fuse. Pretty soon you’ll have a refreshingly delicious beverage perfect for any occasion. From strawberries and melons, to lemon and lime, there are so many options. Mix it up to keep things fresh.
Studies show that drinking coffee in moderation can be healthy for your diet. As long as you skimp on the cream and sugar, coffee may help you lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer while still giving you the energy jolt you need to get through the day.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need gin to enjoy a glass of tonic! Add a lemon or lime (or both) to your tonic for an extra boost of flavor. Not only do you get the familiar carbonation, but also the flavorful punch of whatever fruit your choice. Since some tonic brands contain sugars and high-fructose corn syrup, be sure to read the label and, if possible, opt for a diet tonic.
Vegetable juice is a delicious, low-calorie substitute to soda. While some brands of veggie juice are relatively high in sodium, most compensate by containing less natural sugar than fruit juices. If you have a juicer, do away with the store-bought brands and make your own juice with veggies and other natural additives you love.
You don’t need to be curled in front of a campfire to enjoy the soothing taste of hot chocolate. A great drink for any occasion, studies show that hot chocolate may protect you from heart disease while also stimulating your body’s production of serotonin – a natural chemical that improves your mood. Plus, hot chocolate is easy to make and tastes delicious. It is chocolate, after all!