Healthy Soda Alternatives — satisfying options
So we all know that drinking soda is not healthy for us, especially when we drink it in large quantities. Heaven knows I have “been there, done that” when it comes to drinking lots of regular soda in my younger years and lots of diet soda when I thought drinking diet soda would help me lose weight. But there are many other options available and it is in your best interest to explore these other options to be a healthier you. If we are all supposed to eliminate it from our diets (or at least reduce our consumption of it), just what healthy soda alternatives are there for us?
Coffee – a healthy addiction?
There has been much research over the years on just how much coffee is good for us versus when it becomes bad for us. I know my doctor always asks me during my annual physical just how much coffee I drink on a daily basis. How many of you reading this have lied in your answer to this question? I’ll be the first to admit that I have as we tend to think it is bad for us, right?
Not entirely true according to the most recent studies which show that two to three cups a day actually do have many health benefits. In reality, coffee IS a much better choice than drinking store bought sodas as it is natural and does not contain all the unhealthy chemicals than soda does.
Yes, there is the caffeine factor with coffee but isn’t that partly why we all drink it after all? It definitely is one way to get our day started, which is partly the reason coffee is typically equated with mornings.
Coffee Shop Drinks – What they don’t want you to know
So many people are addicted to one or more coffee shops, but in reality a big share of the products they sell contain much more than just coffee. How many times have you heard someone say “Would you like to run to XYZ coffee shop with me to get some fat and sugar?” Probably not very often, but that is a great deal of what is in their products.
Many people have become accustomed to believing that any beverage in a coffee shop is fine and doesn’t really count toward their daily intake of fats and sugars. Actually there is a LOT of fat and sugar hidden in many of the things hidden on the menus of these coffee shops. So be extra careful in assuming that what you purchase in these shops is healthy as many of their products are not.
Drinking tea is another great healthy alternative to drinking soda. There are many great flavors of tea on the market and the herbal lines are naturally decaffeinated so we can consume more of them without worrying about addiction to caffeine.
However, be extra careful in choosing bottled or prepackaged ice tea products as they also can contain just as many added sugars and/or chemicals as the soda alternatives do.
Juices – A good way to get your daily five?
Many are led to believe that drinking juice is a great healthy soda alternatives as it also helps you to meet your daily requirement of five fruits and vegetables a day. While that may be true if it is pure natural juice, you need to be extra cautious in making this assumption.
For one thing, many juices that you buy in a store or shop actually contain added sugar so be sure you check the labels of any juices you purchase. In addition, consuming the actual fruit instead of the juice itself is a much more reliable and healthier option. Actual fruits do not contain added sugar so you don’t have to check any labels. Plus, they have the added benefit of providing your body with much-needed fiber.
Good Ol’ Plain Water
Of course this is always a good option as healthy soda alternatives, but let’s be honest. Just how many of us drink just plain ol’ regular water consistently throughout the day? It may be a good option for some but for most of us we find it boring, unappealing and just not all that exciting.
In addition, we all need to be careful about the source of the water. This is one of the reasons towns are required to issue water quality reports. For anyone on a well system, seepage of contaminants into the water system are of concern as well and have been know to cause all sorts of health issues.
Alcohol – But its liquid right?
While many would like to believe that alcohol counts toward daily liquids’ consumption, the truth is that it does just the opposite and actual dehydrates our body which means that we need to drink MORE water in order to compensate for this factor. Think about most home remedies for preventing a hangover. Most of them include drinking lots of water before heading to bed. This is because alcohol has actually dehydrated our body.
It’s always a good idea to drink a glass of water (or something similar of a water base) in between every alcoholic drink. In this way, you are constantly re hydrating your body with the water that the alcohol is robbing your body of in the process.
Carbonated Water – Water with Excitement
While I do consume many of the liquids’ above on occasions, carbonated water is still my “go to” beverage of choice as it is a way to assure that I consume plenty of water every day to nourish the cells of my body. But the bubbles of sparkling water fulfill my need for a “soda-like” beverage.
If I were to purchase all the sparkling water I drink in a day in the form of the many canned and bottled store bought sparkling waters, it would cost me a fortune. So they most affordable way for me to still get my carbonated water fix on a daily basis without breaking the bank is a sparkling water machine. In this way, I can make my own beverages at home and flavor them with whatever I desire without spending a fortune. I also know that I am treating my body right by not consuming all the caffeine, chemicals, fats and sugars of many of the products above.
So many healthy soda alternatives
There are endless alternatives to drinking unhealthy soda. I hope this article has given you a few ideas to try out in your own life. If you have comments or more ideas of additional soda alternatives that you find, please leave them in the comments below for others to enjoy.