The Tastiest (And Healthiest) Soda Alternatives

You already know that soda is a bad habit you need to quit, but it is hard to change your soda-loving ways. If the facts that soda consumption is linked to several severe health issues, such as diabetes and obesity don’t scare you nothing will. Maybe what you need is a delicious alternative that will have you forgetting about your beloved soda.

Flavored Water

We know what you are thinking. There is no way that flavored water can taste like today. You are right, but it can keep your taste buds happy while you wean yourself off of the can. Avoid already packed flavored waters, since those contain sugar and are no better than actual soda. Instead add frozen fruit, lemons, or cucumbers to your water. It might take a while to get used to, but your health will benefit from the intake of water.

Green Tea

Many people have chosen soda to give them a caffeine boost throughout the day. Green tea is a much better alternative with amazing health benefits. Green tea has been found to reduce the risk of several health problems, including cavities, cancer, hypertension, and heart disease. Again, it is best to stay away from the bottled or packaged varieties, since they contain chemicals and added sugar, which cancel out any health benefits in the first place.

Make Your Own Soda Alternative

If you still miss that bubbly taste of soda, try mixing a little bit of juice with seltzer water. This will give you the carbonation that you love with a hint of sweetness. Look for all natural fruit juices that only contain juice. Even if your juice is 100 percent natural, it is still best to go easy on them, since they do contain a lot of natural sugar and carbs.

Lemon-lime Soda Wannabe

Making your own version of the popular lemon-lime sodas is as simple as mixing lemon juice, lime juice, and just a little bit of natural sweetener (try honey or stevia drops) in carbonated water. It has the refreshing taste that you love with those kinds of sodas with none of the health consequences.

Soda is a guilty pleasure for many of us, but it really is one bad health habit we need to give up. All of the above soda alternatives taste great, but they might take some getting used to if you are a real die-hard fan of soda, Take it slow and allow your taste buds time to adjust.

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