Did you resolve to drink more water in the New Year but the thought of filling up your water bottle for the fifth time today has you down? If you’re tired of plain water but want to keep hydrated here are a few alternatives to whet your whistle.
- Sparkling water: I’m a huge fan of this effervescent drink – so much so I bought a Soda Stream for our home. Gone are the days of lugging bottles of sparkling water back from the store. Now, anytime I’m in the mood for bubbles it’s right there on the counter. I don’t use the flavor packets that come with the machine (they tend to be laden with sugar) but I love adding a squeeze of fresh lemon or grapefruit for a refreshing twist.
- Hyped-up teas: I love starting with a ginger tea bag as a base and adding spices, roots and citrus to it to promote digestion and overall health. Spices such as cinnamon and cayenne are great additions. Also consider dropping in a slice of lemon or lime and don’t forget the power of fresh roots such as peeled ginger and turmeric. (More: The benefits of different teas for runners)
- Kombucha: Kombucha is a fermented tea made with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). It’s usually lightly sweet and comes in a variety of flavors. Kombucha is generally low in calories and often contains probiotics to promote gut health. Although it is an acquired taste, the effervescence of kombucha can be very refreshing.
- Green juice: Green juice has become quite popular over the past few years and you can likely find a juice shop or a grocery store selling it right in your neighborhood. Heck, Starbucks even sells green juices now! There is some debate over whether pasteurized, cold pressed, or freshly made juice has more health benefits. But, my philosophy is that greens are greens so if it’s more convenient to buy it bottled, so be it. Do look out for hidden sugars from the addition of fruits. Try to stick to mostly vegetables with one fruit like an apple thrown in for a touch of sweetness. Evolution makes a great bottled green juice with about 70 calories per bottle that is delicious.
- Coconut water: Coconut water is now readily available in every supermarket and convenience store. There are a ton of different flavors. I don’t recommend this in place of all your daily water, as it can be high in calories. However, to shake it up every once in a while, coconut water is a nice alternative to plain old H2O.
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