6 Healthier Alternatives to Drinking Diet Soda

Is diet soda bad for you?1. Aspartame is a neurotoxin, carcinogen and has been linked to weight gain. It increases the risk for heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and osteoporosis, among other things. [see below]

2. Artificial Coloring aka Caramel Coloring has been listed as a carcinogen by the FDA.

I'm focusing on diet soda because this is something I've struggled to give up. There's just something about a cold, fizzy, sweet drink in the afternoon! And while I don't think having one every so often will do all that much harm, people tend to over-do it. These are alternatives that have personally helped me.

6 Healthier Alternatives to Drinking Diet Soda (or regular soda!)

Start by adding in other drinks so you can crowd out the diet soda. Experiment to see what you like best.

1. Add lemon, lime, mint or berries to your water Get creative! Fresh lemon juice and frozen berries are a great addition.

2. Flavored carbonated water La Croix has some great flavors like coconut and citrus. You can also use something like a Soda Stream and experiment with making your own flavors like homemade ginger ale.

La Criox Water

 

 

 

 

3. Kombucha Kombucha is a fermented tea. Eating + drinking fermented foods is great for your digestive system. The good bacteria help break down the food that passes through. You've heard that you should eat more yogurt, but there are many more options! Fermented tea and water (below) are also naturally effervescent, so they have a little fizz and they usually have a little sweetness. My personal favorite Kombucha is GT's brand, but there are tons of brands available now.

Kombucha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Water Kefir Kefir is another fermented option. Kefir comes in either water kefir or milk kefir, but for this purpose I recommend water kefir. You can purchase kefir grains from places like CulturedforHealth.com and watch their videos for home fermentation.

How to Make Water Kefir Soda Homemade Soda Pop

5. Brew your own iced tea {or buy unsweetened ice tea} This can be done with your favorite tea bags, or buy your favorite unsweetened tea. This puts the sweetening in your hands. You can use something like stevia extract or limited amounts of natural sweeteners.

How to Make the Best Iced Tea

6. Green Smoothies This one may seem like a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. Why are you drinking that soda? For me it was an afternoon energy boost and treat to keep from snacking. Green smoothies offer the sweetness, give you energy and are full of nutrients. They're not calorie and sugar free, but they're probably my favorite alternative. Remember to make your green smoothies with 60-70% vegetables and avoid high-GI fruits like mangos.

The Hari Shake New Ideas for the Green Smoothie Lover Guide to Building a Perfect Green Smoothie

Note: Be wary of sodas found in health food stores. Many brands still contain caramel coloring and other unfavorable ingredients. Zevia and Whole Food's 365 brand are examples.

Zevia Ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular soda is no better. A single can may include anywhere from 20-40g of sugar, plus the caramel coloring. Alternatives to regular soda:

Fizzy, Bubbly, & Fresh: 10 Recipes for Homemade Soda D.I.Y. Healthy Soda Recipes (Fizz Ed) Soda Pop Stars: The Best Fizzy Drinks 20 Recipes for Healthy Alternatives to Drinking Soda

Have you stopped drinking or limited drinking soda or diet soda? How did you do it?

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