When you talk of good-for-you beverages – health drinks that have real benefits to your body, water immediately springs to mind, but there are others that you should definitely add to your diet. The problem with many people today is that they keep guzzling extra calories through fizzy drinks like soda , and these come with many health dangers such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Isn’t it time you and your family discarded the soda habit?
Here are some drinks that will keep you hydrated the healthy way.
Research has shown that green tea can lower the risk of serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension and even cavities. It is also calorie-free (if you don’t add milk or sugar) and is packed with antioxidants. Pick any flavor you like since green tea comes in many varieties. You can take it hot or iced, and if you want a little sweetening, add a few drops of honey.
Nutritionists recommend preparing your own vegetable juice as an alternative to fruit drinks. Adding lemon juice or vinegar sweetens the taste of vegetables. Try avocado, cucumber, celery and lime for a nutrient-rich vegetable juice that will make your heart healthier and boost your memory.
Children may not be big fans of pure drinking water, so prepare some homemade flavored milk for them instead of squash or soda. Blitz milk in a blender together with some vanilla, cinnamon or dates. You can also add strawberries or a banana to make a fruit shake.
Soy drinks are naturally sweet, and they are now offered in a variety of flavors such as almond and vanilla. They are a good substitute for milk especially for those people who are lactose intolerant. Studies have shown that so milk can reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. Go for low-fat, unsweetened soy beverages because they are low in calories.
Flavored waters are becoming more popular by the day, but they still contain sugars and artificial sweeteners. A better option is natural flavoring: simply add slices of your favorite fruits or veggies to ice-cold water for a tasty and refreshing drink. Lemons, oranges, pineapples, cucumber, mint and limes are some fruits that you can try. Another wonderful option is to chop the fruits and place them in an ice-cube tray, then add some water and freeze. Add these colorful fruit cubes to your beverages for instance flavor and color.
Many of the beverages on labeled as “health drinks” are not healthy at all – health drinks are low on calories and high in nutrients. The healthiest beverages are the ones you prepare at home.