Wednesday, January 6, 2010

No Soda, Now What?

If your new year's resolution is related to health or losing weight, chances are you're trying to eat better, but what about drinking better? Standard soda pops are very high in sugar and low in nutrients and are no where on my list of what a healthy diet consists of, but if you're a soda-drinker, it can be hard to kick the habit. If cold turkey isn't your style, consider utilizing these transitional beverages while you cut back:
  • Instead of conventional cola, try Zevia sodas. Made with stevia, they are lower in calories, but just as tasty.
  • Instead of ginger ale, add 1-3 tsp of New Chapter Ginger Honey Syrup to soda or mineral water. The natural ginger will give you a boost of energy while the honey has beneficial effects for your immune system.
  • Instead of root beer or cream soda, add 10-15 drops of Root Beer or Vanilla Cream flavored concentrated stevia to soda or mineral water for a delicious calorie free drink.
While "natural" soda may be a better option from the point of view of the type of sugar in them (usually cane sugar instead of corn syrup), they are still high in sugar and empty calories. Keep this jingle in mind when you're thinking your drink:

Drinks with flavor
are fine to savor,
but for your thirst,
drink water first.

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