If you’re a pop drinker, then I’ve got some fantastic alternatives for you to try! Soda is extremely high in sugar and it’s a good idea to give it a rest if it tends to be a go-to drink of choice. Here are 4 healthy soda alternatives that you’ll love!
Summertime is the best time of year to play around with tasty, refreshing drink recipes to enjoy in the morning, afternoon, or to serve to friends and family. I’m always recommending others to drink more water – there’s really no better beverage for us! However, many people tend to reach for sodas and juices that offer more flavour, and because that’s the last thing I want you to do, here are 4 healthy alternatives that are both hydrating and delicious.
Soda is extremely high in sugar and very acidifying: this means it’s no good for our teeth, for our bones, our immune system, and certainly no good for our blood sugar levels.
4 HEALTHY SODA ALTERNATIVES
Homemade Iced Tea
Homemade iced tea takes no time at all, and the flavour options are endless.
- Steep your favourite herbal tea in a little amount of water for 5-10 minutes.
- Once cooled, remove teabag, add a spoonful of your favourite sweetener (no refined sugar here: think raw honey, maple syrup, or coconut sap).
- Throw in a few ice cubes and fill glass with cold, filtered water. You could also throw in a couple mint leaves or some berries!
One of my favourite things about homemade herbal iced tea is that it allows your to enjoy the health benefits of your favourite medicinal herbs in the summer without drinking them as a hot tea!
Fruit Infused Water
I love infusing my water with fruits and herbs. It’s amazingly refreshing and so very tasty and easy to do. Slice up your choice of fruits or herbs: one of my favourite combinations is cucumber, lime and mint. Some other options include:
- Strawberries and other berries
- Lemon, grapefruit or blood orange
- Rosemary and cilantro
Just get creative! Add sliced ingredients to glass and add filtered water.
There’s no way kombucha was ever going to make it off this list – kombucha is by far one of the greatest soda alternatives out there. If you’ve never heard of or tried it, kombucha is a fermented tea beverage made with a yeast/bacterial culture called a scobie. As a result, it’s naturally fizzy and effervescent which is why it’s not only a great soda replacement, but it’s much healthier.
Fermented foods and drinks provide us with friendly bacteria, also known as probiotics. Probiotics are some of my favourite things: they are excellent for digestion, supporting our immune system, and regulating bowel health.
Homemade Fizzy Juice
I drink a lot of water, but there is a time or two every now and then where I’d like something a little fizzier. Enter the fizzy juice.
This requires the simplest of things: sparkling water, and an orange. I like to use good quality sparkling water, preferably spring water.
- Slice open an orange, squeeze into glass, and pour in sparkling water. That’s it!
- You can add in a spoonful of your choice of sweetener if you’d like, and a couple ice cubes.
Some other fruits you can use for homemade fizzy juice include tangerine, grapefruit, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry or other berries, or mango!
Are you a pop drinker? Have you tried any of these alternatives?
Watch the video below to see me making these 4 healthy summer drink recipes!