What to drink instead of soft drinks?

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~

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9 thoughts on “What to drink instead of soft drinks?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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