When H20 just doesn’t cut it!
Getting the recommended 8-10 8 ounce glasses of water a day can sometimes feel like a chore. I love an ice cold glass of water; but sometimes I crave something more. Not wanting to load up on liquid calories, I’ve discovered some great calorie-free, healthy, alternatives that I often add to my diet to meet my daily quota of H20.
Hint–Pure water with natural added flavors, zero calories and super tasty! I love all of the flavors especially the blackberry and watermelon. If you are a soda drinker; you can try Hint Fizz to get that same fun carbonated buzz, without all the added sweeteners (real or fake) and artificial colorings.
DIY–If you’re on a budget or just want to create your own at home, you can add berries, citrus fruits, cucumbers, mint leaves, you name it, to a large jug of water and keep in your fridge.
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Ginger Spice–so tasty chilled or served warmed with a cinnamon stick. I discovered this once at a health food store and was shocked at how good it was. Apple cider vinegar is great for digestion, detox, appetite regulation and energy.
DIY–Buying the drinks themselves can definitely add up in price, a good alternative is to buy a big jug of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (also great in salad dressings). Pour one to two teaspoons of vinegar in 1 cup of water and sweeten with liquid stevia or honey, add fresh pressed ginger or cinnamon if you wish.
Honest Tea Just Green Tea–An awesome unsweetened organic fresh brewed tea with nothing added. All of Honest teas are delicious and even the ones sweetened with honey are still low calorie and loaded with antioxidants.
DIY–Steep some of your favorite green, black or herbal tea, let cool on the counter then add to ice or store in the fridge in a larger container to have fresh brewed tea always on hand.
Kevita–This is a new drink I just discovered that has probiotics in it and some fizz if you like the carbonation. It isn’t 100% calorie free but only has 10 calories for the entire bottle and there is no added junk. I personally am not a huge fan of coconut water; but I really like Kevita’s subtle taste. It’s also a good alternative to Kombucha which does has a few more calories and sugar usually.
DIY–Try at your own risk! This is one of those things (like Kombucha), where I just think it’s worth a little extra $ every now and then to splurge on a bottle. If you are adventurous, here is a great link I found on how to make your own Kevita.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!