I want to be honest with you right up front – I will, on occasion, have a soft drink. It is a very rare occasion to be sure, but it happens. I had one the other day to celebrate the end of our formal classroom education before we head out to fieldwork. A colleague and I were chatting about nutrition and the reports that drinking a soda a day could add 15 pounds of weight to a person a year. He asked me what he could substitute besides just water and tea. He asked about sweet tea.
Those two questions got me to thinking. Sometimes I get tired of plain water too. I often add lemon to my water. I know another colleague that adds cucumbers or strawberries. I drink coconut water and a drink pots and pots of tea – green tea, herbal tea and the like. But sometimes I want something more, and so I thought I would turn to the blogosphere and see what other people drink besides water.
In response to his question about sweet tea, I told him that if he wanted to sweeten his tea to use either local honey or agave. My thinking is that at least these types of sweeteners are possibly a little healthier than plain table sugar and fake sugar. I abhor all fake sugars. It is my personal opinion fake sugars are like poison, but that is from my personal experience. YMMV.
So I am interested in hearing what you have to say. What do you drink besides water? Do you flavor your water? How? I would love to have your comments and tips.
Till next time~
9 thoughts on “What to drink instead of soft drinks?”
Particularly in the summer, I like to add frozen fruit to water. Usually raspberries, but peaches are surprisingly good for it. Mix and match.
If I really want soda, I find that going with the slightly pricier Izze/Spindrift/etc. natural sodas works. They’re a lot healthier than the cheap, syrupy sugar-loaded standard types of soda, and since they cost more you probably aren’t going to drink as much.
I forgot about Izze. I love them. And you are right, the price keeps me from drinking too many! Thanks for the suggestions.
I like to put 1-2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar in my water. It actually cleanses your lymphnodes and aids in the digestive process. 🙂
I just started drinking organic apple cider vinegar. I want to start drinking water with it every day for the cleansing.
I usually drink water or add some lemon. In warm months I make a big batch of iced tea (some green tea, some fruity herbal tea) and leave it in the fridge for an afternoon pick-me-up.
That sounds great. I drink it by the pot, but haven’t just put some in the fridge.
When I’m not in the mood for something other than water, I drink green tea. Sometimes, I do get bored with just plain green tea and I’ll try other flavors of green tea like pomegranate or raspberry green tea. It adds a little sweetness to them and I love it!
Do you make your own tea and add Pom to it or buy the already made?
I buy the one that’s already made.