Healthy choices are not always easy to make. Whether you’re sick of salad or you’re not a fan of fish, you may feel bound to fail in terms of healthy diet changes. But, the sooner you realize that your own path to a healthy lifestyle is personal, the better. What will work for one person, may not work for you. If you’re a sucker for sodas, try starting there. Switching out those sugary drinks for something just as delicious is much easier than it may seem.
Not everyone loves drinking water. Although it’s essential for lubricating and hydrating our bodies, it’s not necessarily the drink of choice. Adding flavors to your water, such as mint or pineapple water, makes it more palatable. They make the taste more enjoyable, without the addition of preservatives or sweeteners. In fact, infusing sweet fruits such as raspberries or blueberries, gives the illusion of sweet taste without a single calorie.
For overall health, green tea is a great replacement to consider. Green tea is an antioxidant. It can boost your immune system, give you energy, and help your digestive system too. If you’ve tried it in the past and are not a fan of the taste, don’t give up. Try adding a slice of lemon or orange or serving it iced to tweak the taste a bit.
Perhaps you’d be more interested in a fruity tea? Black teas are always an option, but a lot of people take them with milk and sugar, making them that little bit less healthy. Fruit teas can be a better choice, since they don’t typically require additives. There are lots of incredible tea flavors to choose from; some are adventurous while others are expected. Whether you want a classic lemon and ginger or a seasonal winter berry, your options are almost endless, depending on the taste you’re looking for.
Although they’re often slightly thicker than a standard drink and can be quite filling, smoothies packed with vegetables and fruit are also healthy, tasty, and refreshing. So do your smoothie recipe research and start blending away. You may even want to give juicing a go if you want lighter options that also pack a lot of punch in the flavor department. Of the two, however, smoothies are the better option because you are not tossing out the fiber, one of the most nutritious aspects of vegetables or fruits.
And of course, there’s always milk for you to consider. Milk is a great source of calcium, and it can be an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you choose to drink it straight up or serve it with a flavored twist, never underestimate the simplicity of milk as an option when you’re trying to stay off soda. If you are lactose intolerant, try a plant-based “milk”, such as almond, cashew or coconut. Just be sure it doesn’t contain any added sugar.