Try These Healthy Alternatives to Soda
By Lana Bandoim
A soda addiction is hard to break. Not only is the sugar in soda addictive, the fizzy taste can be hard to replace. However, there are healthy alternatives to soda that still taste delicious. Consider trying one of these options instead of a can of Pepsi or Coke.
Sparkling Mineral Water
Sparkling mineral water provides the fizzy and refreshing taste without the sugar or chemicals. Try flavored sparkling water to get the sweetness without the calories. Strawberries, blueberries, lemons, limes and oranges make good flavor additions.
Kombucha is a fermented drink made from tea. It is easy to find kombucha in health food stores. It offers an alternative way to enjoy a fizzy beverage. In addition, kombucha has health benefits such as improving the digestive system and immune system.
Coconut water is another healthy alternative that tastes refreshing. There are flavored varieties of coconut water that include lemons, limes and other fruit. Coconut water does not have many calories, but it has a lot of potassium, which is an important electrolyte. After a long workout, consider drinking coconut water instead of soda or other beverages with sugar. This drink may also help digestion, lower the risk of diabetes and prevent kidney stones.
Kefir has a tart and refreshing taste that does not resemble soda, but it can still be a good choice. It resembles liquid yogurt. Kefir is made from fermented milk and is available in different flavors. You can find strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and vanilla kefir. This drink has probiotics that help the digestive system and may improve immune function. Kefir is also a good source of calcium, magnesium, folate and other vitamins.
When you are trying to cut sugar and calories without sacrificing taste, green smoothies can be a smart choice. Instead of using a large number of high-calorie fruits to make a smoothie, consider creating a green version with vegetables and a couple of banana slices for sweetness. Leafy greens are a common base for green smoothies. Combine kale, spinach, cabbage, lettuce and carrots together. Add a dash of cinnamon, cacao and some chia seeds to improve the taste. Green smoothies can provide essential minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. They can also help you meet the recommended daily requirement for vegetable consumption.
You can break the addiction to soda. Try a healthy alternative such as sparkling mineral water or kombucha. You will consume less sugar and fewer calories.
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