When we are trying to be healthier, we usually nitpick our food very carefully, which is good. However, whilst doing this, we often forget to look at what we drink. Since a drink doesn’t really make us feel any fuller, we tend to forget that they can be just as jam-packed with sugar as unhealthy foods, and may easily send our calorie count soaring!
- Sugary Soft Drinks
These are the obvious culprits, and the first to come to mind when talking about unhealthy drinks. I don’t even need to tell you how bad these are, but just to remind you: about 7 teaspoons of sugar in one small can of cola!
Rather Drink: Tea Soda.
How to Make Basic Tea Soda:
- Steep 2 tea bags of your favourite tea in 3 cups of boiling water.
- Let it chill by putting it in the fridge or freezer.
- Add 1 cup of sparkling mineral or soda water.
There are countless other healthy, homemade recipes to try out online!
- Fruit Juice
You might say that you will just pick freshly squeezed fruit juice instead of the ones with added sugar, right? Well, consider this: An apple only has about 3 teaspoons of sugar in it, but how many apples do you need for a glass of apple juice? 2-3 Apples only give you a medium sized glass of juice. This way, the sugar quickly adds up!
Rather Drink: Lemon Water with some freshly squeezed lemon juice or some bottled lemon juice.
- Sports Drinks
Sports are healthy, so sports drinks are too, right? This cannot be more wrong. Although they claim to have added benefits like vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes – these are all artificial versions created in a laboratory. And the sugar content is just astonishingly high!
Rather Drink: Coconut Water. It is a great drink to stay hydrated and keep energy levels up naturally.
- Flavoured Milk and Milkshakes
Although milk itself may be healthy, all the added sugar and ingredients that go into flavoured milk – not to mention the ice cream that goes into milkshakes – make it something to limit to special occasions.
Rather Drink: Homemade flavoured milk and milkshakes.
- Two teaspoons of cocoa powder or cacao nibs melted in a little hot milk.
- One teaspoon of organic vanilla essence stirred into a glass of milk.
- Use fruits like strawberries or bananas blended with milk to make healthy smoothies.
- Add a couple of cubes of frozen coconut cream and blend, to get the milkshake effect.
- Iced Teas and Coffees
Stay away from store bought iced tea and iced coffee, as it is filled to the brim with sugar and preservatives.
Rather Drink: Homemade Iced Tea or iced coffee. It is super easy to make, just make your favourite tea in a big jug, add some ice, and sweeten with some honey if needed. The same goes for the coffee.
Download the free Manna Diet e-book which explains all the health benefits of water. If you crave for sugar and sugary drinks, take the Manna Blood Sugar Support Supplement with each meal to curb cravings and suppress appetite the natural way.