When it comes to healthy eating we talk a lot about food, but sometimes not enough focus is placed on what we drink. There are constant reminders to drink more water, but how about when we are just on the hunt for a drink with some taste?
I remember learning in high school that I should avoid drinks with empty calories so I would never touch regular soda, dessert-like coffee or sugary iced teas. I wanted to save my calories for food! Now I mostly prefer what nurtures me, but I do not really focus on whether a drink is low in calorie or not. I look at the cost and benefit of how it fits into my daily nutritional intake.
Healthy Drinks to Buy
I thought I would share drinks I have on a regular basis. Here are the beverages in my current rotation:
This one pretty much goes without saying. I drink a lot of water every day. I do not mind it plain but the colder the better. Lemon or lime is a nice touch if you want to get fancy.
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
I will mix it up and buy coconut milk on occasion too. This is mostly for the base of my protein shakes. I also sometimes use it when I am making oats on the stovetop instead of water since the result is a little creamier. Buying the unsweetened kind saves me from tons of added sugar. If it available as organic, I will buy it. However, conventional works too. I do avoid those brands with Carrageenan in the ingredients.
Carrageenan is an organic thickener that is commonly found in many health products. It is a potentially cancer-causing agent so I try to minimize it as much as possible. By reading the ingredients lists, you can pretty much avoid it and find an alternative brand.
Coffee is a personal love of mine so I have it daily and I have mostly been enjoying it cold because of the hot weather in Texas…
We have a little coffee station set up in our kitchen as Scott is an even bigger fan. When it comes to coffee we mostly buy fair trade from smaller roasting companies. The organic label is very expensive (almost $50,000) and many small shops cannot afford such a large price tag.
Coffee is an area where you want to be careful because it is frequently listed as one of the most dirty foods out there. There can be a lot of pesticides used in the coffee growing process.
Our favorites include Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn, Third Coast Coffee in Austin and Rook Coffee in New Jersey. We also buy beans at Whole Foods sometimes.
Bulletproof coffee is a nice way to change it up without milk. My perfect combination is a cup of hot coffee with 1 tablespoon Grass-Fed butter and 1 teaspoon MCT oil.
Tea is great iced or cold and there are so many flavors of herbal tea out there you can find one to fit any season or occasion.
I like Iced Green Tea during the day…
Herbal teas at night…
I think sparkling water can be a great way to transition from drinking soda or diet soda which is a big no-no unfortunately. You can buy sparkling water in tons of flavors, and it has a little pep for when another glass of water just sounds rather dull. A cute delivery boy helps too.
I have not been drinking Kombucha as regularly as usual. It can be quite an expensive habit so I cut back a bit. Our local Whole Foods has the option to refill a “growler” so I think I will attempt to do that next. It has great health benefits and is great for your gut flora and digestion.
I am attempting coconut water again! I have never been a huge fan, but I bought some at the store last week to try as a mixer with the BCAA’s I like to have during my harder workouts. I bought this brand because the only ingredient was coconut water and the sugar and carbohydrates were lower than other brands with sweeteners added.
Wine is another favorite of mine, but I am not a big drinker. I probably have 2-3 glasses a week and it typically depends on food or my mood whether I go with white or red.
Prosecco or champagne is lovely on occasion too.
I do not have a juicer or drink processed juice regularly. When I am out or at Whole Foods I will occasionally treat myself to a green juice while I shop.
Those are some drinks I love! Many I consume almost daily. Find the healthy drinks YOU can enjoy, and it will make it easier to jet past those dangerous aisles in the food stores. The key to long term health is the desire to make better choices. If we always feel we are on the losing side and giving up what we enjoy it will always be an uphill battle. Thanks to Jenn for letting me share what I drink on a regular basis!
Question of the Day: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one drink which would you choose? You do not have to pick water for survival purposes. 🙂
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