Low Calorie Alternatives to Sugary Beverages

Just because you’re giving up soda doesn’t mean you have to give up taste. There are a lot of ways to jazz up your beverage routine now that you’ve ditched the soft drinks. Here are a few ways to make your water more lively and a few other beverages you may want to give a shot now that you’ve sworn off the soda pop.

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  1. Flavored seltzer- Seltzer is a great way to wean yourself off of soft drinks. Naturally low calorie and free of caffeine, flavored seltzers come in all kinds of flavors, including cherry, raspberry and lemon-lime.
  2. Iced tea- Iced tea is enjoying resurgence in popularity lately, and there’s no better time to get on this bandwagon. Iced tea is an exceptionally versatile drink. You can brew up black tea for a caffeine kick or use green tea to make a healthy midday treat full of antioxidants.
  3. Kombucha- This fermented tea has been in the news a lot lately because of its many purported health benefits. It’s also low in calories, caffeine and sugar, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give this beverage a second look.
  4. Seltzer with juice- If you find plain seltzer a little too bland, why not add a little bit of fresh juice for a sweet treat without the additional calories that sodas have? Just a little bit of juice should be enough to give you the sweetness you crave.
  5. Infused waters- Try to get in the habit of keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge at all times; then experiment with different herbs, fruits and even veggies to give your plain old H2O a wallop of flavor.
  6. Iced coffee- It doesn’t matter if you like it naturally decaffeinated or full of caffeine, iced coffee is a great beverage that’s endlessly customizable. Use skim milk and a little caramel flavoring for a sweet treat that will make you look forward to waking up in the morning.
  7. Fresh squeezed juice- There’s no reason to buy juice at the store when you can make it simply at home. You can also avoid the added sugars found in most fruit juices. Mix in sweet fruits like grapes and melons with high fiber greens like kale and celery to get your nutritional needs met while feeding your sweet tooth at the same time.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of giving up soft drinks, talk to your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to explain to you why it’s so important to kick the soda pop out of your life and how much better you’ll feel after you do it. Your chiropractic team is a great source of knowledge when it comes to your health, so make sure to talk to them about any dietary questions that you may have.

 

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