Costco sells "Sparkling Ice" sparkling water, case of 24 with 4 flavors about 16 oz. bottles for $17.00. It is the only sparkling water I like & with the large bottles it can help with hunger, it is 0 calories. Some stores sell it in single bottles for $1.00. Most days I have one bottle. Also a bottle I can take with me, a can I can not take with me & sometimes I drink 1/2 & the other 1/2 later the same day. It has not gone flat in the 12 hours I drink it.
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I love my water! I do have seltzer, plain or with a squeeze or so of fresh lemon or lime. Drink it with a straw to help avoid tooth damage. Sometimes decaf tea or coffee. Hubby likes Mio in water. So easy to control how much you use. I treat my grandkids with a little of that in water or an ounce of soda in seltzer, if that much. They are in heaven as it's a treat they don't often have.
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Ok so I'm not a fizzy water drinker at all. Sometimes coconut water is just the thing when I'm craving something sweet to drink. It's got potassium and some electrolytes too so that makes me feel better about drinking it. Last time I got a stomach bug, I followed the BRAT diet because, stomach bug, but mixed my AJ half and half with coconut water. I feel like it helped a lot.
I've also been experimenting with putting different fruits/veggies in a pitcher of water to flavor it. So far mint is a hit and I'm really ambivalent about cucumber. It's a little off putting when I first taste it but then I end up just chugging my water and can't get enough of it! I don't know what that means but there you go. If you look online, there are a lot of "flavored water" recipes but most of them are a bit over the top. As in, I'm not spending $12 on fruit to flavor 1 pitcher of water. But you can get some starter ideas.
Thanks for posting this thread btw. I was just wanting some ideas to branch out a bit.
DH and I have discovered Kombucha. It was recommended by a nutritionist. It is somewhat of a fermented tea. The fermentation is really good for digestion. It is very low in calories. You would have to drink 6 bottles of it to equal one beer, so the "alcohol" is almost non existent. One problem, it is very expensive. We drink only very small amounts at one time for a treat.
Be careful with the Crystal Light mixes- although quite delicious, the side effects of the sugar free sweetness will make you spend the day in the toilet. I had several glasses of Crystal Light Orange (mmm so good, tastes like Tang) yesterday, digestive distress followed. 😣
Aquafina now has several flavors of unsweetened carbonated waters in cans that seem quite good to me. But as with juice and some soda or energy drinks, I tend to dilute them with regular water. They are so strongly flavored that an ounce or two in a glass of water is enough. I'm not a huge fan of too much carbonation, though.
Izze carbonated juices are very good. I like their grapefruit, diluted.
I've stopped drinking soda also. I love sparkling water, but I'm concerned about the damage to my teeth and bones. I also drink coffee and hot tea. I can't figure out anything else to drink that isn't harmful in some way. Unfortunately, plain water makes me nauseous, it always has. Oy
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DH quit drinking pop, and switched to unsweetened tea. He uses a reg green tea bag [gently pull out string, if there is one] and puts bag in bottom of a tall 24 oz insulated cup. He then adds ice and cold water. He'll keep adding more ice 'n water throughout the day, as needed. We found that we didn't have to worry about using hot water, or making 'sun tea', that this could be made just using cold water 'n ice. When we go for fast food, he just orders an unsweetened tea. No problem.
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I like sparkling water, I stopped drinking soda about 5 years ago. If sparkling water doesn't work for you on its own after trying a few brands and flavors, try adding just a bit of unsweetened juice to the sparkling water, that change in flavor profile might help.
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Not to be a buttinski, but I was in weight watchers for quite some time and it was recommended not to drink fruit juice because it lacks fiber. It’s better for you to eat the whole fruit. Just saying. On the other hand, I totally get that we are looking for alternatives to just water. I say, do what you think is right for you; especially if your juicer incorates the fiber. Thanks for your suggestion.
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Water - same category as air, we need it to survive, it doesn't need to have a special taste. Where I live, tap water is good, and I express my gratitude by drinking only that. Tastes pretty good.
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Has anyone tried Kombucha? It's a fizzy drink that has probiotics and is very good for you. My daughter started drinking it for something carbonated that wasn't a soda. You can make it at home, too, but now many stores are carrying it.
I was a heavy soda drinker for years. Cut soda cold turkey. Year 2 of not drinking soda, I finally found that sparkling water actually tastes good now. It took a long time for me to reach that conclusion. I found that the cherry vanilla flavor that Wegmans offers is fantastic. I also really liked the lemon flavor as well, as I used to drink Sprite as my go-to drink. Haven't found any other substitute that really satisfy me.
I usually just drink regular water, sometimes with a squeeze of lemon. But when I want something fizzy I get flavored seltzer water. It's not sweet, but if I add a few drops of Mia or Crush it actually tastes like soda.
I'm a fan of essential oil in fizzy water. You need to make sure that you are using food grade oils, not ones meant for aromatherapy. I use dōTerra brand, which are expensive, but my friend sells them. A drop or two of wild orange or grapefruit in a class of fizzy water with ice is refreshing and feels like a treat.
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My new favorite thing is Kombucha. It's kind of tart and tangy, but it does have fizz. It's also good for you. A serving doesn't have a lot of calories. It's a fermented beverage and contains probiotics.
One option is to make your own simple syrup at home and add a small amount to a sparkling water of your choice. I am personally quite happy drinking water all day but I did this to help transition hubby off of soda. I started making it just a little less sweet than soda and then cut it down slowly over time- now he drinks his lacroix without anything in it most of the time. Occasionally he'll add juice or elderflower syrup to it, but I don't make simple syrups at home. The nice part about it is that you can flavor it however you want! Ginger lime syrup in lime or lemon lacroix is delightful, for example :)
I do really enjoy metromint water- they have a chocolate mint flavor (still not fizzy, no sweetener added) and it's kind of amazing. It's also pricey so I couldn't tell you the last time I bought it but it's definitely fun.
We also do enjoy kombucha and kefir from time to time- maybe see if you like either? If you don't like the first one you try I would recommend trying another brand. I currently love Big Easy Bucha's Satsuma flavor! We like kevita's mojito flavor as well.
Not sure if you're a smoothie fan, but I do have a protein shake just about every day. Always an easy way to add more fruit and veggie to your diet, and more filling than juice since you keep the fiber.
Another favorite is lassi- it's a yogurt based drink that you most commonly find flavored with mango. I add honey and cardamom to mine and tons of ice- it's almost like soft serve that way...mmm. Haven't made lassi in a long time- maybe I'll plan for it this weekend!
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I've never been one for fizzy drinks, and I don't often drink fruit juice as I've heard that it gives you a very quick sugar rush. You might find this article from BBC news useful. It's over a year old so some of the manufacturers may have changed the sugar content of their drinks to avoid paying taxes - but if you really really want a fizzy drink it may help you to make a better choice.
For me, I know I should drink water, but I'm mostly a tea and coffee person. (I nearly always limit coffee to 2 cups a day.) I sometimes drink squash (not sure if you call it that in US - it's where you put a little concentrated liquid into the glass and fill up with water.) I'd usually take a bottle of squash to the gym with me as I find I drink more if it tastes better.
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I'm not a fan of sparking water either, it just tastes really weird to me. Unless if I mix it with juice and make a spritzer of sorts. I like to make infused water, there's a lot of varieties, but it doesn't help the carbonation craving. Usually I just break down and have a diet soda when the cravings get bad.
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Hi friends. What are some good recommendations for drinks besides water and tea? I'm trying to stay away from sweet drinks and soda, but sometimes I really do want some syrup and carbonation. I miss it! I havent found a sparkling water that I care for, but maybe you guys have...?