Healthy drinks are everywhere these days. But, with the seemingly unlimited amount of options, it can be tough to know what’s actually healthy and what is just packaged to look healthy.
If you don’t make your own juice at home (I have, but I don’t normally), and yet still want to “drink healthy”, a trip to the supermarket for “juice” can be pretty overwhelming.
In addition to the shelves and shelves of colorful bottles, some can leave you with sticker shock.
If you’re like me, you don’t mind spending a little more to get something that will benefit your health, but I want to make sure I’m getting what I pay for.
Let’s unlock a few mysteries of some of the healthy drinks you have to choose from.
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Kombucha – is one of our new favorites. Kombucha is basically a fermented mixture of tea and sugar. You’ve probably made Friendship Bread using a “starter” you received from a friend. This is the same idea but in a drink form. They use a fermented starter and create the drinks from there. I usually buy mine at the store in the refrigerated juice section, but you can find recipes online and make it at home.
Kombucha or Kombucha Tea is carbonated due to the fermentation process. When it becomes fermented it now contains vitamin B and probiotics. The benefits are believed to improve digestion, help with weight loss, increase your energy levels, boost your immune system, and help with joint pain. (Read a great article here.)
If you want to avoid soda but you miss the fizz, this might be for you. The first time I tried Kombucha it was really strong and upset my stomach. I realized I needed to find a more flavorful option. There are a lot of them, so be sure to experiment with different brands. Here is an example. Try to keep the sugar content fairly low and look for organic and non-GMO versions.
Water Kefir – Similiar to Kombucha in its benefits. This is also a great probiotic and will be similar in feel and taste to a light soda. Water Kefir isn’t usually as strong as some Kombuchas, so it’s definitely something to look for at the grocery story. Think of Water Kefir more like a sparkling juice, but with major health benefits. Here is a good brand.
Coconut Water – is terrific if you want something a little lighter. When buying coconut water, you’ll notice some are more clear and some are pink. Both are good options.
Coconut water is excellent for rehydration after an illness. In times where you would normally drink something like Pedialyte or Gatorade, you might want to reach for this instead. It’s full of natural electrolytes!! Because it’s also high in potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, and zinc, it may help you with weight loss, help lower blood pressure, help flush toxins out of the body, and help maintain heart health. Read more here. Look for organic, refrigerated coconut water, and bottles that contain only coconut water. (Several companies mix it with juice or flavors.) Also, try to find one that says “raw coconut water”.
Flavored Water – We all know water is good for us and will make us healthier, but I get bored with water and need to liven things up. I love a naturally flavored water. When shopping for flavored waters, read the labels. Not all are naturally flavored and most are sweetened. My favorite brand is Hint Water. They are naturally flavored and also have carbonated flavors. To make my life easier, I order from them directly and have them shipped to my house. When you get on their mailing list, they will let you know when they have seasonal flavors. Yum!!!
Coconut Milk – technically this is not a drink. This is not the coconut milk in the carton in the refrigerated milk section. I’m talking about the canned coconut milk. Packed with good fats, iron, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and much more. This is a super healthy alternative to traditional dairy especially in recipes (where you might use something like cream or half and half). I use it every morning in my tea or coffee. Here’s is my recipe for chai creamer. Canned coconut milk makes a healthy creamy base for smoothies too. I love this brand. Read more info about this delicious little can here.
**Read my article here for more simple diet changes you can make now.
If you’re looking for healthy drinks and want to recharge your health, these are some super tasty options. Experiment with them to find brands and flavors you like. Giving up soda and sugary drinks doesn’t have to mean boring beverages.
Be sure to leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite healthy drinks.
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