Here are the top healthy drinks that are delicious alternatives to soda! Try homemade infused waters, juices, teas, and more.
Need an alternative to sugary soda? Never fear: there are loads of fantastic alternatives that are healthy drinks! Infused waters, herbal teas, and homemade juices to the rescue! We’ve been on a mission to find the best good-for-you drinks that are fun to sip. This list includes our top 10 options for low-calorie drinks: homemade recipes with fruits, veggies and herbs. Ready to get sipping?
Looking for a healthy drink that’s easy to whip up? Try infused waters! This cucumber water recipe is oh so refreshing, with 0 calories and no sugar. You may have seen it at spas or beauty salons, and the botanical flavor tastes like poolside relaxion in a sip.
Unsweetened iced tea is a delicious healthy alternative to soda! This easy homemade method results in a brew with the very best crisp, refreshing flavor! It’s the best way to make drinking water tasty, and a nice alternative to iced coffee.
Here's a favorite healthy drink: Strawberry Water! This delicious flavored water has the essence of that red berry and my, is it refreshing! Make a big pitcher and you can sip off of it for days: or it’s perfect for entertaining. If you like, add a splash of sparkling water and drink it as a low calorie alternative to soda.
Ever made your own herbal teas? This mint tea is restorative, delicious, and takes just 5 minutes to steep into a flavorful herbal tea. It tastes fresh and bright. It’s a great way to wake up in the morning as an alternative to coffee. All you need is water and this fresh herb!
Green juice is a blend of green veggies that come together into a healthy drink! Juice recipes have become quite the wellness trend, but keep in mind: this juice can’t cure diseases or make you skinnier. But it's a great alternative to sugary soda that packs in all the nutrients of these tasty veggies. This recipe delicious and full-flavored, and you can whip it up in your blender: no juicer required.
Another healthy drink? Pomegranate juice! Now, like green juice many of the health claims you'll hear are inflated. Here's what we do know: it’s like any other fruit juice, with lots of nutrients and vitamins but a high sugar content. Pomegranate juice does have higher antioxidants than most fruit juices. Much of the vitamin C is lost in manufactured juice, so the best way to drink it is with fresh squeezed juice! Head to this recipe.
There’s always room for more healthy drinks in our repertoire, and here’s one that’s quick and refreshing: Iced Green Tea! This tasty drink has virtually no calories but is ultra satisfying, pairing the herbaceous, grassy flavor of green tea with a hint of lemon and jingling ice cubes. It’s hydrating in any season: ideal for summer and in the colder months where you want to mix up your hot tea routine.
Kombucha is a healthy, satisfying drink that's a great alternative to soda! This fermented tea drink tastes like a combination of tea and hard cider. It's become very popular in the US so you can find it bottled, but you can also make it homemade! (It's a little like a science experiment.)
Make this lime rickey as a non-alcoholic, unsweetened beverage and it's a healthy mocktail! This refreshing drink is a cousin of the classic Gin Rickey, with no alcohol. Take one sip and it’s fizzy, bubbly, and ultra tangy. All you need is lime juice and sparkling water!
Ginger tea is a simple herbal tea you can make at home! It has possible health benefits like aiding in digestion and reducing inflammation (head to the recipe for more). Even better, it's cozy and warming: full of spicy ginger flavor, with a hint of tangy lemon and sweet honey.
Last up in our healthy drinks: this Celery Smoothie! It's low-calorie as far as smoothies go, and the flavor is irresistibly delicious! It’s packed with sweet flavor from green apple and banana, and the way the celery melds with fresh ginger gives it an intriguing brightness.
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Here are the top healthy drinks that deliciously easy alternatives to soda! Try infused waters, juices, teas, and more.
For cucumber water
1/2 medium cucumber
8 cups (64 ounces) cold water
Lemon slices, for serving (if desired)
Fresh mint (optional)
For strawberry water
1 pound fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, to taste (or honey, maple syrup or agave nectar)
7 cups (64 ounces) cold water, divided
Sparkling water, to serve (optional)
For the cucumber water: Wash and thinly slice the cucumber. Add the cucumber slices to bottom of a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to lightly muddle (mash) them several times to release the juices. Add the cold water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving (you can add fresh mint sprigs if desired). Flavor is best within 1 day, but you can store up to 3 days refrigerated. Serve with lemon slices if desired. Or, add a splash of sparkling water.
For the strawberry water: Place the strawberries in a blender with strawberries with 1 cup water, the lime juice and sugar and blend on high until fully combined. Add the remaining 6 cups cold water. Taste and adjust sugar or lime juice as needed (the flavor mellows over time). Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 3 days. If desired, serve topped off with sparkling water.
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