I have drank sodas most of my life.  There was a long period where I consumed little else other than Dr. Pepper.  Looking back on it, I am surprised at how negligent I was about nutrition.  I was pretty abusive to my body.

Now, I know better.  I strive to be healthy, because I know consuming healthy things makes me feel great! And when I feel great, I am happy!

There are so many reasons to not drink sodas. Here are a few:

So now you know why you should not drink sodas.  Right?

Even though we know how terrible they are, it is still hard it is to give them up! So I decided to compile a list of easy, yummy alternatives to soft drinks!

Soft Drink Alternatives:

  1. Water: Drinking water is a great habit to get into.  It has tremendous health benefits! It regulates body temperature, boosts your metabolism, detoxifies your body, prevents dehydration, helps organs absorb nutrients, promotes healthy and clear skin, and so much more.  According to the Mayo Clinic, men need approximately 3 liters of water a day, while women need approximately 2.2 liters.
  2. Flavored water: No, I am not talking about those packets of disguised sugar (essentially kool-aid) that you add to a bottle of water.  Instead, grab some fresh fruit (lemons, oranges, watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, mint, or limes) to add to your water for a fresh and nutritious drink!
  3. Green tea: Full of anti-oxidants and with the added benefit of decreasing your risk of cancer, heart disease and kidney stones, this is a great alternative! Add some honey to naturally sweeten your tea.
  4. Sparkling water and lemon: If you like the carbonation in soft drinks, a great alternative is sparkling water. Add in a little fresh lemon for a great, refreshing drink.
  5. Fruit and vegetable juice: Fruit and veggie juice are great in moderation.  It provides your body with substantial nutrients, and it tastes great!  I suggest trying out a juicer so you can create your own combination of fresh fruit or vegetable juice. I have a Jack LaLanne Juicer that I absolutely love.
  6. Wine: In moderation, wine has tremendous health benefits. Red wine is reported to reduce your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and it is full of cancer-fighting anti-oxidants.  Keep your intake at 1 glass per day for women and 2 glasses per day for men.
  7. Coffee: While sodas increased the risk of depression by 30%, coffee consumption decreased the risk of depression by 10%.  It may help reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.  It is recommended to keep your daily intake at 3 or less cups a day.
  8. Unsweetened Iced Tea: Similar to green tea, iced tea has anti-oxidants known to reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

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4 Responses to Easy Alternatives to Sodas

  1. Dawn @ Transformed By Food says:

    What a great topic for a post! People of all ages are hooked on soda, but it’s loaded with high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, which are both really bad for you. I love your ideas for alternatives, and am a big fan of unsweetened lemon and/or cucumber water. For extra sweetness, adding a splash of cranberry juice to water is a tasty option too, especially around Thanksgiving time.

    Thanks for sharing this. Love the infographic too!

  2. Janet says:

    I gave up soda a year and a half ago and I feel wonderful! I drink 100% fruit juice with seltzer added to it. I am eating better and exercise on a regular basis. I have lost 26 pounds 🙂 I was not trying to lose weight just happened as a result of giving up A LOT of junk food.

    Have a beautiful day!

    Keep going you can do it!! Soon you will not even miss soda.

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