Alternative Drinks for Healthy Habits
Obviously, water is an essential part of the diet, and it is recommended we should consume around a half a gallon a day to keep the body healthy. However, water is not always the first choice for our taste buds due to the lack of flavor.
Next time you are craving a different drink, do not be so quick to reach for a sugary soda or high-calorie Frappuccino.
Check out some of the best alternative drinks to indulge in throughout the day that keeps your taste buds satisfied and still promote healthy habits:
In the morning….
Try green tea. Green tea boosts the metabolism to get the calories burning in the morning, contains natural caffeine to promote focus and is known to attack certain types of bacteria that grow on the teeth. It also has long-term benefits due to the antioxidants. Green tea may lower the risk for cancer, help manage diabetes and help regulate cholesterol. It has a tasty natural flavor, but for a little extra sugar add a zero-calorie sweeter and get the day started!
Try a natural smoothie. The key to this drink is the word “natural,” meaning that a mid-day smoothie should be something you whip up at home or in the office so that you can include the right ingredients. Mix in a few cups of dark, leafy greens like spinach or kale. Add your favorite fruit (cut up some strawberries, freeze a few bananas, etc.). Throw in some Greek yogurt (try no sugar added) and almond or peanut butter. For a little more sweetness, add a tablespoon of honey or vanilla extract.
By using natural ingredients and limiting added sugars, the smoothie stays low in calories yet tastes amazing. This is a great drink to have after a workout, or for a long day in the office. Smoothies will keep your full so you limit the snacking, and they are a great way to sneak in a few servings of vegetables.
Experiment with different ingredients until you find the smoothie that suits you best, and enjoy!
To wind down in the evening…
Sip on red wine. It is no secret that a glass of red wine is beneficial in the evening. It is proven to improve sleep, lower risks for heart diseases and it contains antioxidants that help ward off sickness. Note that these benefits happen from just one glass per day, with dinner or afterward.
If alcohol is not a part of your diet, there are other ways to ensure a good night’s sleep, like staying away from electronics close to bedtime and making sure to avoid large meals late at night.