Hey, my favorite cucumbers. Who’s ready for another installment of the Healthy Eating Train (h.e.t.)? Pick me! This week we’re focusing on one side of the train – the beverages side.
Before I jump into a fun list of adult beverages that are good for the waistline, I’m going to focus on the non-alcoholic ones. We all know that water is essential to making the bod, as well as the skin, happy – but we don’t always want to drink water all-day, everyday. (Spoiler alert: I have a way to make that even better, at the end of the post.)
First, some of my fav good stuff. I like to start on a positive note.
- water, sparkling or flat of course
- coffee, black
- herbal tea, unsweetened
- almond milk
- cashew milk
- green tea (it gets its own category because it’s so yum)
- lemon water (fresh squeezed lemon, water, touch of stevia or coconut sugar)
- apple cider vinegar+water (a tablespoon of ACV+water+squeeze of lemon)
And then the bad. Why must this list always be longer?
- juice, all of them
- sweetened milk
- sweet tea
- soda, because duh (but yes I have a DC every so often, so sue me)
- coffee with a bunch of crap in it
- water with fruit flavor powder (kool aid, crystal light, all the chemicals)
- fruit punch
- anything not black coffee from the Starbucks menu
- lemonade (unless you make one like the one in the good list)
- smoothies (unless you make yourself)
Did you know how easy it is to actually drink most of your calories? A typical glass of juice has 100 calories in just 8 ounces. Then there’s the sugar thing. Juice and soda have a boat load of it. A 20-ounce soda has 18 teaspoons of sugar! It’s a slippery slope.
At the end of the day, you pick your calories. I’d say it’s safest to simply pick the quality ones. You’ll be satisfied longer and be less apt to want to binge on something else that is terrible (side eye, candy).
I mentioned above that I’d show you a rad invention to make water even better. Check out this bottle, which is kinda life changing for the water department. It makes me drink way more throughout the day.
Lastly, a lot of this post hangs on the nasty little guy we call sugar. I may do a post just about this nasty little devil, but to give you a little hint – my fav sweetener is coconut sugar. I keep some on the counter at all times as coconut sugar doesn’t raise your glycemic index. You can read a little more about that here.
What are some of your favorite drinks when you’re being healthy? Stay tuned next week for some top drinks of the adult beverage variety. And I’m even including non-bourbon drinks!