Category Archives: Drink
I’ll confess, I don’t really do the whole light powdered drink mix thing. They never appealed to me, plus they’re usually sweetened with aspartame which I find to be one of the grossest flavors out there. But I was in the supermarket earlier this week, and I spotted Crystal Light Pure Lemonade. Calling a product “Pure” is a pretty bold move, so I picked up the box to investigate these claims of purity.
There are so many bottled drinks out there that loudly publicize/advertise their all-natural and organic ingredients, which is incredibly appreciated in this age of chemical-filled products, but these proclamations can often distract from another important nutritional aspect: the sugar content. I’m constantly on the lookout for refreshing teas that are tasty while having minimal amounts of sugar, and that’s why when I saw Teas’ Tea (lightly sweetened) Blueberry Green Tea, I knew I had to try it.
Cutting sugar-laden drinks out of your diet is one of the best ways to start living healthily and losing weight. The next best thing is to replace all of those saccharine drinks with water, but this is harder for some people than it is for others. If you find yourself having a hard time getting the recommended 64 oz of water a day, here are five helpful tips to help you get on track.
You already know that water is the best drink that you can possibly have. Still, sometimes you crave a different beverage that refreshes and wakes up your taste buds. I’m a big fan of lightly sweetened or unsweetened teas which is why, when I was in the drink aisle of Whole Foods earlier this week, I picked up a bottle of Inko’s Blueberry White Tea.
While perusing the drink aisle at Duane Reade yesterday for something sweet, I picked up a green bottled smoothie, saw the sugars per serving, and slowly backed away. I’m sure if the vegetables they used in those smoothies had that much sugar, children wouldn’t need Popeye and his freaky biceps and forearms to tell them to eat their spinach.
I was about to leave when I saw Purity Organic Pomegranate & Blueberry Plus. The sticker on the label said only 60 calories per serving and the nutritional label said the juice had 14 grams of sugar per serving, two servings per bottle, and was sweetened with evaporated cane juice. I was sold!
Despite having lots of sugar, juice tends to be perceived as a healthy drink. Did you know that in addition to having 100% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C, one serving (8 ounces) of Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Juice Cocktail contains 120 calories and 30 grams of sugar? The same serving of Sprite, which is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, has 100 calories and 26 grams of sugar.
One of the easiest ways to lose weight is to eliminate excess sugar from your diet, and cutting out sugary drinks is one of the easiest ways to do this. If you love cranberry juice or like to use it in smoothies, I recommend replacing your regular high-sugar juice with R.W. Knudsen Just Cranberry.
I first tried Yogi Green Tea Kombucha a couple years ago during one of my internships. The kitchen was stocked with various types of Yogi teas, and the kombucha caught my eye because kombucha was very “in” at the time (along with pomegranates). Looking at the tea, I realized I could try this weird kombucha stuff for free and if I liked it, I had a new type of tea to drink, and if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have wasted any money purchasing it. Win-win.
The first time I tried coconut water, I hated it. I thought it tasted like stale sweat. Nevertheless, when boxes of Vita Coco started appearing in my internship kitchen last fall, I was intrigued. Coconut water couldn’t really be that bad, right? How could so many Whole Foods patrons be wrong? How could a terrible drink be a favorite of so many of my friends? Maybe the problem was me and my closed mindedness. I decided to give it another shot. This was a different brand than the one I had tried, and it came in several different flavors. I chose Tangerine, and to my surprise, I actually liked it.