Many people would enjoy having calorie-rich sugary energy drinks such as soda which has several health hazards. Increased soda consumption is associated with an increase in the risks of developing type-2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disorders. Few observational studies have indicated that people who enjoy consuming soda frequently have sweet cravings. Even the diet soda varieties are not good substitutes. According to the research done by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published that consuming diet soda is linked to the abdominal obesity, particularly in the adults who are at an age above 65.
They wreak havoc on your waistline and it is better to start consuming a healthier, tastier, and low-calorific thirst-quenching substitutes to please your taste buds. Here is the list of the top 6 healthy alternatives to soda:
Several research studies have mentioned that green tea helps in lowering the risks of developing cancer, heart disorders, cavities, kidney stones, and hypertension. Green tea is low in calories and can be a great substitute to the high sugary caffeinated drinks. It is high in antioxidants as well. So, prefer having natural green tea or iced green tea by adding a few drops of honey and squeezing a little lime juice.
Fake Lemon Soda
Prepare your own healthier lemon soda without adding any soda drinks. Add lime juice to the seltzer for the bubbly concoction. You may even add sparkling water instead. Add a few lemon slices or lime juice along with a dollop of natural sweetener. Garnish it with lime wedges and use it sparingly.
Natural Flavored Drink
Packaged flavored drink contains lots of sugar. So, better prefer making flavored water at home using natural ingredients. All you have to do is to add all your favorite fruits and vegetable slices such as cucumber, strawberries, limes, mint leaves etc. and add crushed ice of ice cubes to this drink. Or else, you can put chopped fruit pulp in ice cube trays and freeze it so that you can prepare your own flavored drink instantly.
Juice And Seltzer
Preparing a healthy drink by adding a freshly prepared juice to the seltzer is, in fact, a healthier and a tastier drink. Prepare fresh fruit juice such as cranberry, grape, watermelon etc. or any other of your choice as freshly prepared fruit juice is absolutely healthy and nutritious. Add one part of your juice to three parts of seltzer and prepare your less expensive seltzer juice. Enjoy its delectable and refreshing taste.
Citrus fruits contain healthy doses of fiber that helps curb your appetite. Vitamin C and other nutrients in it help detoxify as well as cleanse your body. You can prepare your own citrus lemonade at home by using ionized water instead of soda. Add a cup of lemon juice, half cup of orange juice, a quarter cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, a dash of organic honey. Stir them well and add ionized water. Add cilantro for an added taste and flavor.
Mint Lemon Cooler
Mint leaves are known to have a natural refreshing taste and can aid in boosting up your body’s metabolism. Prepare a mint lemon cooler by adding a cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, stevia-based sweetening agent, mint extract, and sparkling water. Stir it well. Add few lemon slices and crushed mint leaves as well. Garnish it with a lime wedge and mint leaves.