I am looking for some healthy beverages. I know what is healthy, I try to drink a lot of that. But what else can I drink as I try to cut out coffee and soda pop?
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I make iced tea daily in 2 quart batches.
I also make a large container of iced tea each day. I was brought up on iced tea and kool aid. I brew mine in the micro wave. Just put in a large bowl with water and about 6 bags. Set it for about 10-15 minutes and don't have to worry about tending to the kettle. It gets to sit and brew when I'm busy doing other things. Then I add my sugar (not much for me) and pour into a pitcher after it's has cooled some, for safety I let it cool off. Don't put in fridge until room temp or it gets cloudy. I don't like lemon in mine, but if you do, add when it's still warm.
Maybe some nice mint leaves for a change.
Enjoy over tons of ice. What a great thirst quencher.
And they say full of antioxidents, but personally since I have been drinking the stuff for over 50 years and still had breast cancer, I tend to doubt the good old antioxident thing. But it sure tastes good. And since you control the sugar, and caffine if you choose to go decaf, it's a whole lot cheaper and better for you than soda. Water gets a little boring after awhile. Valery
I think the most healthy beverage is probably just plain old water. I dislike the stuff though, so I seldom drink it. I love tea, iced or hot, but I like it brewed about as strong as my coffee with just a touch of honey to sweeten it. If you're looking for a hot beverage, Swanson's chicken broth is good, but they've gone low-fat so it's not as good as it used to be. I usually add a pat of butter to it. For cold drinks, fruit juices are good and can be blended any number of ways. And down here in my neck of the Southland there's a product called "Blenheim Ginger Ale". It has a serious "ginger" bite... I think it uses seven different kinds of ginger. It was developed by a doctor in the 1800's, and ginger is good for you. This stuff is hard to find but it's worth looking for. Well-chilled and poured over good vanilla ice cream in a tall glass, it is great!
I like herbal ice tea, which I make with different tea flavors each time. My fav is Good Earth blend, cafeinne free, I brew 5 tea bags to a kettle of water, let steep for a long while (often overnight) and then pour into a gallon ice tea jug. Fill with water, and the juice of 1 lemon. Serve ice cold!
what can i say WATER.
i drink 1 cup of coffee in the am. then water all day long. sometimes i will make koolaid.
water is the best.
I echo the comments about water but I get so sick of the boring taste. I do like to add lemon or lime or both to give it more flavor and this is all I tend to drink in the summer. I juice the lemons and limes and store it in the fridge to add to each glass and then freeze the zest in ice cubes too for even more flavor .. I even have my kids hooked on lemon water which is so much better for them than drinking koolaid or juice all day.
When it's really hot I'll make some of the homemade gateraid that I found on this site .. It's really good and I like that I can control the sugar more!
I make crystal light and it is wonderful ,you can put in the small water bottles and take with you.
Susan from Hamilton
I drink water for the most part. I do grow tired of it just plain. When out dining, I ask for lemon or lime slices for my water. At home, I'll put either, lemon, lime, or an orange slice squeezed in each glass of water. I, also, like iced tea. I've always liked it with lemon, but don't knock it, till you've tried it with lime. We were served this in a Mexican restaurant. MMM good!
But for the person on a health kick. Remember drinking too much water, without putting your electrolytes (Gatorade) back in your body can flush your body of it's much needed potassium & other nutrients. I know as I've had a dear friend back home have to go to the hospital to get replenished twice, after not going by the Dr's. orders.
ok this is a smoothie for a post workout meal. your body needs fast digesting carbs (sugar) and high quality protein (preferably isolate) for good recovery. So take 1 cup of fat free milk(i use this kind with acidophilus and other yogurt cultures added), 3/4 cup fat free yogurt (preferably stonyfields because they dont use artificial sweeteners), 1 hefty scoop of Isopure Protein ( its the highest quality protein isolate i think), 1 teaspoon/5 grams L-Glutamine powder, and a tablespoon of honey. blend it togather and you have a perfect blend of carbs and high quality protein to repair your muscles. 400 calories, 56 grams of "sugar" carbs, 46 grams of high quality protein and 0 fat. you can add a teaspoon of flaxoil too for a few extra grams of omega-3's. You can also add more honey or yogurt and replace with 2% milk if you want more carbs and fat to really put on mass.
Crystal lite is soo good but pricey, I use the
generic found in WalMart right next to Crystal lite.
Cheers as I hold a glass of fruit punch Crystal lite
generic but of course....!!!!
i drink lots of water a day (12-16) cups a day i got bored of it plain
i also make iced tea ,and crystal light or any other drink mix, but i found out that they are bad because they are full of food coloring and other junk, i stop using it after i found out about a wonderful product called WATER SENSATIONS it 100% pure no junk it is made from fruit flavoring they come in lots of flavors and are not to expensive 3.99 for a box of 16. you need one pouch for every 2 cups of water. you can buy them direct from them watersensations.com and few stores they have the listing.
If you can find it, fizzylizzy is a super soft drink. It is made of just fruit juice and carbonated water, no sugar, no preservative chemicals. It comes in many fruit flavors including grapefruit, cranberry and apple and is sold in better markets. It is also available on Freshdirect.com. don't be misled to buy izzie, an upstart competitor--look for the fruit n the label; fizzylizzy. Good luck!
I make home-made smoothies. I put whatever fruit I have on hand in the blender. Add some honey, flax meal, juice, berries, and ice cubes. You can also put in milk or soy milk, flavorings, ice cream, yogurt, etc. You can add fresh veggies and not even taste them. Throw in whatever you have--experiment and enjoy.
I drink a lot of water these days and so do my children. I think the reason I like the water is we have filtered water and ice through the frig door....it really tastes good and I can put cubed or crushed ice. A wedge of lemon is good in it too. I do not buy much pop and seems the more water I drink the more I want to drink....I get thirsty for it! I do love my coffee but I drink the half the caffeine kind and in moderation. The children have some juice too ....oh and lemonade is another good drink to have....it's not too terribly sweet and tastes so good in the Summer! I was not brought up on pop and kool-aid. I drank milk, water and fruit juice...actually we had grape juice a lot. I make my children some Kool-aid from time to time just as a treat but it is not the norm. I make sure they get plenty of milk and water which atleast is good for them.
I kine of like a change of pace drink every now and then so I make my own "Snapple". I have read the ingredients on the label and use 1/2 green tea and 1/2 fruit juice of sorts or tomato juice and add a tad of maple syrup as I like my beverages just a tad sweet. You can use any kind of sweetener but maple syrup is a naural sweetener and that is best for you, IMHO anyway. Try it you might like it. You can also add your favorite flavor as you like.
Water with a bit of lemon juice in it, or fresh brewed iced tea. I have to comment though that I don't really think "Crystal Light" (or a generic brand) is "healthy". I don't think any of its ingredients are natural. :-)
If it is the caffiene you are getting away from, you could get a half mix for coffee (half decaf/regular.) Or Try instant, it has the lowest caffiene just above decaf (always a trace) and you still get that morning wake up. If you buy the whole beans of coffee, there are some good antioxidants, and coffee has been shown to help slow down the sugar levels getting to your bloodstream. I always have a cup with my dessert/cookies! I notice I do not feel as bloated or full than if I had a glass of milk (again the sugar) But I drink mine black, so for you it may be different.
OH it didn't say where you are from...Talking Rain is bottled in the pacific NW, they only add fruit oils to their carbonated water. If you are not too hung up on caffiene (just the bubbles) it is easy to drink instead. Or any natural soda in the healthfood section (Knudsen's and Blue Sky are great!)
I get tire of plain water too. Around here we fill a glass with ice, add water and then just a tiny bit of any kind of fruit juice for a little flavor. It jazzes up the water and there are lots of exotic 100% fruit juice blends in cartons in the cold or frozen juice section.
Fruit juice has lots of sugar (natural and sometimes added) so we just use a little to flavor the water.
In the summer I love lemonaide. At Aldi's they sell the green bottled concentrated lemon juice very affordably. I like my lemonaide really sour, so I put 2cups lemon juice to 1 cup of sugar, (or use artifical sweetner), per gallon. I drink ALOT, and I love water, but, I love lemonaide better. I find that juices are very fattening. And ice tea is good too, but, too much caffiene. So, I do lemonaide.
I also have grown tired of plain tap water so I buy seltzer (carbonated H20). I like the one with a hint of lime, but not the sweetened ones. I find the bubbles refreshing and the lime gives it a little flavor. The cheap brand in MD is Vintage and costs about 50cents fo a liter. Many groceries also carry their instore brand which is about the same price.
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