It’s officially Spring! That means we’re only weeks away from warm weather, weekends spent by the pool and yes—donning our bikinis. If the thought of slipping into you suit has you panicked consider trying these simple drink switch-ups to reduce your daily sugar intake.
Fancy Coffee Drinks to Home Brewed Coffee
That morning pick-me-up you usually grab from Starbucks is most likely packed with hidden sugar. In fact, a grande iced nonfat Caramelized Honey Latte has 41 grams of carbohydrates—39 of which are pure sugar. That alone is almost double the recommended amount of added sugar the American Heart Association deems as safe for daily consumption. Yikes! Instead of swinging by Starbucks on your way to class or work brew a fresh pot of coffee at home and add almond milk, organic honey and spices to get your fix. Not only will your wallet thank you, but so will your waistline.
Soda to Kombucha
If you’ve never tried Kombucha you’re missing out. You may have noticed it sitting at the grocery store next to the refrigerated juice in the produce section. Kombucha is black or green tea that has been fermented with sugar, bacteria and yeast. This probiotic drink is chock-full of antioxidants, vitamins and good-for-you acids. Some regular drinkers have experienced improved immune function, boosted energy and even a reduction in lactic acid buildup post workouts. My personal favorite is Lemon Ginger from Health-Ade (found at most natural food stores). If you crave sodas or carbonated cocktails this is the drink for you. Start by drinking 4 ounces per day and build up to 8 ounces or more.
Fruit Juice to Fruit Infused Water
I know this is a bit of a stretch, but still worthy of a switch. Most people still associate fruit juice as a healthy drink choice. Fruit is good for you so fruit juice must be too, right? Not quite. Whole fruits contain fiber which digest slower than simple sugars found in fruit juice. If plain-Jane water isn’t for you try adding fresh cucumber slices, berries, orange slices or herbs. Some good combos include rosemary and grapefruit, cucumber and mint or orange and cilantro.
Vodka Cranberry to Lemon Sparkling Water with Vodka
If you’re searching for something a little stronger try a new spin on your go to vodka drink. While alcoholic drinks aren’t necessarily healthy, you can receive some health benefits if you add the right ingredients. Our alternative includes fresh lemon juice which is alkalizing and adds a Vitamin C boost. Squeeze lemons into a glass. Add ice, vodka and top with sparkling water. If you like your cocktails on the sweeter side try adding a tablespoon of organic honey or agave nectar. Boom, perfect drink to sip poolside!