A Simple Replacement for Superb Results

By:  SARAH DAVIS

Edited by: CHRISTINA COLAVECCHIA

Yes, we all know that water is essential in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it can sometimes get, well… boring. This is why people reach for a soda instead: it’s flavorful, has caffeine, and instills a sort of happiness in us after we drink it; however, soda is all sugar and calories with no nutritional value, making it a leading cause of obesity.

According to an ABC News article on empty calories, the average person drinks 20 oz (2 ½ cups) of soda per day. This is equivalent to 16 teaspoons of sugar, 10 teaspoons more than what is recommended for the average woman per day.

According to fitday.com, an online nutritional site, diet soda is no better because it gives people the false idea that they can actually consume more calories later on in the day. Although the sugar is eliminated, the acid in diet soda deteriorates teeth enamel (our teeth’s barrier against decay) as well.

Eliminating soda from your diet would not only lead you to a healthier lifestyle, but could also be just the trick to shedding those extra couple of pounds you’ve been trying to get rid of. Here are some neat alternatives to soda you can incorporate into your diet that are healthy and a bit more exciting than water:

Need Flavor?

Try:

• Sobe lifewater in black cherry dragon fruit. This flavored water brand has zero calories, 100% vitamin E, B6, and B12, and is a significant source of vitamin C. Sobe lifewater carries a wide variety of tastes including flavored coconut waters.

• MiO Mango Peach. This flavoring product comes in a small squirt bottle that you can throw in a bag and take anywhere with you. Just squirt a few drops into your water to create a flavorful, hydrating, and colorful beverage wherever you go.

Make it:

Sparkling!

• Do you still enjoy that fizzy feeling that soda gives you? Try a carbonated water like San Pellegrino or Aqua di Nepi. Mix in some MiO squirts or cranberry juice to add flavor.

Fruity!

• Add slices of fruit to your purified or carbonated water. This will not only enhance the flavor, but will give you an excellent source of vitamin C. Orange, lemon, and mango are common examples.

Need Sugar?

Try:

• Trop50 Pomegranate Blueberry Juice. This drink is low-calorie, packed with nutrients, is a sufficient source of Vitamin C, and adds just the right amount of sugar to your diet to give you that mid-afternoon kick. It can be found at your local grocery store.

• Naked Juice Green Machine. This juice consists of apples, bananas, kiwi, mango, and pineapple. Are you someone who hates making and eating your daily vegetables? This drink provides a boost of broccoli and spinach, which sounds weird, but is deemed delicious by consumers.

Make it:

Blended!

Kat Clark, 22, from Texas, has a full-time summer internship and makes her own smoothies in her office kitchen. “I have a big sweet tooth and like fruity things,” says Clark. “Having a smoothie is how I get a sweet treat that is much more filling and has many more health benefits than soda.”

• Combine 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen fruit, and one scoop of Aria Women’s Protein Powder in vanilla. Blend these ingredients together to create a delicious pick-me-up.

Need Caffeine?

According to TeaMuse, a monthly tea newsletter, tea is packed with antioxidants that fight both heart disease and cancer. It is also known to reduce arthritis and fight allergies. Tea also has about 4% more caffeine than soda does.

Try:

• Tazo Passion Tea. This tea is deep red in color and is infused with tropical flavors and hibiscus flowers. It can be found at local grocery stores or at Starbucks. Tazo tea is a healthy alternative known for its wide range of unique flavors.

• Lipton Green Tea. According to lifehack.org, the polyphenol ingredient in this tea increases your metabolism which can promote weight loss.

Make it:

Iced!

• Cold tea in the summer can be the perfect way to get your day started and cool you off. The best part is you can make multiple cups of tea with just one tea bag.

As listed, there are many more options to pick from other than soda. Make you sure you have fun with it. Experiment with fruit slices and carbonated water. Maybe mix up some different yogurt flavors when blending your smoothies. Try out different brands of flavored water. YOU are in control of your heath choices!

“Sodas are 50 octane gasoline that we’re putting into our bodies,” says Dr. Mark Schutta, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Rodebaugh Diabetes Center. “If you consume enough of them, just like if you put really bad gas into your car, over a long period of time, you’ll destroy the engine of your car.”

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