5 Healthy Soda Substitutes

April 15, 2014 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Soda is terrible for you. That Coke challenge is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Just the worst idea ever created! You know how when you hold soda in your mouth, it starts to burn? That’s what it’s doing to your stomach. Ick! Plus, it has a ton of calories. Do you want a beer belly? Light beer every now and then won’t give you one. But having a soda everyday with every meal will give you a huge belly. No thank you! Instead, I have come up with 5 healthy soda substitutes. Whether you are at a restaurant or you are just at home cooking dinner for the family, opt for one of these choices instead of that can of fizzy sugar.

1. Water

Water is so good for you and it has zero calories. Win-win! Instead of drinking a can of soda that has at least 200 calories in it along with an insane amount of sugar, opt for a big glass of water. Water will also help you feel fuller so you don’t overeat your meal either. It’s just so good for you. Drink lots of it.

2. Juice

Juice is good for you, but you have to be careful you don’t overdose on it. There are a lot of calories in certain juices so you want to steer clear of the ones with a ton of sugar or artificial flavors. Instead, drink the all-natural healthy stuff like pure orange juice or grapefruit juice. These juices have tons of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to fight off illnesses. You won’t get sick and you won’t be consuming too many calories!

3. Green tea

Green tea is just as good for you as water is. It’s like a miracle drink. It fights belly fat. It speeds up your metabolism. It clears up your skin. And it has zero calories! It is so good for you. Put down the can of soda and start brewing some green tea. You will start to notice a difference in how much better you feel overall after a just a week of drinking green tea instead of soda.

4. Flavored water

If you can’t drink water straight, try a flavored water. There are tons of powders that add a little extra flavor to your bland glass of water. Or, if you want to go a more natural route, you can add in some fresh fruit juice. Squeeze some strawberries or lemons into your glass of water to spice it up a little bit! It’s delicious, I promise.

5. Chocolate milk

Chocolate milk actually has a lot of benefits for your health! It has tons of minerals and vitamins that your body needs to recover after a workout. If you aren’t much on working out but you are big on drinking soda, start small by switching to chocolate milk. Be careful that you don’t drink too much. It does have a lot of sugar in it. Stick with one glass every other day. Gradually start to ween yourself off of sugary drinks altogether and stick with the best drink for you: water!

About the author: Carly is a blogger for a home security company called Smith Monitoring, a provider of Houston home security. She is a big fan of drinking water and is usually that nerdy kid that always has a bottle of water in her hand at all times.

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