Drinking enough liquids can prevent dehydration, a condition that can lead to severe health problems, and even death, if it’s not remedied. Water is the best remedy, but if you get tired of drinking plain water all day long you have several other options that taste good and are still healthy. Mix and match you’re favorites throughout the day for an easy way to get your quota. Just remember to limit sugary and high-calorie drinks, such as soda, because they aren’t healthy drinks and might even lead to weight gain and other health problems.
The flavored waters you find at supermarkets and convenience stores are often high in sugar, but making your own at home gives a new and exciting way to drink up. Fill a pitcher with water and add cucumber slices, halved strawberries, orange segments, mint leaves, apple chunks, or lemon wedges. Refrigerate for several hours so the water gets nice and cold, and absorbs the flavors of the fruits you’ve added. This way you are drinking enough water, but it isn’t just boring old tap water.
Iced Tea or Coffee
Iced tea and coffee are calorie-free drinks, provided you don’t add sugar and cream to them. Brew a pot of tea and flavor it with mint or lemon, and if you can’t stomach plain black coffee, try sweetening it with a little honey, which also contains antioxidants that are good for your health. Just go easy because honey is still high in sugar and calories.
Not all smoothies are healthy drinks. Some are downright diet bombs, especially those you get at juice bars. However, if you make your own at home you have control over what goes into them. To create one with health benefits that isn’t high in fat, calories and sugar, simply place your favorite frozen fruits, a spoonful of Greek yogurt, a splash of 100 percent fruit juice, and a small drizzle of honey into the blender and puree. Hey presto! You have a drink loaded with vitamins A and C, antioxidants, fiber and protein. For variety try bananas, berries, melon, kiwis, and mango.
Go for low-fat milk over whole to dramatically slash the amount of saturated fat and calories in your glass of milk. Drinking milk is a healthy way to contribute to your calcium and protein requirements. Have milk with meals as an effortless way to drink something healthy. For a hot drink alternative add a small scoop of powdered cocoa to warmed milk to sweeten the drink a little.
If you have trouble getting your daily quota of vegetables, tomato juice is a great way to reach the recommended number of servings. Make sure you choose a low-sodium version to keep your salt intake under control. Versions made from several types of vegetables are a good bet too because you’ll maximize the number of nutrients you’re getting.
100 Percent Fruit Juice
If getting enough fruits is an issue for you, 100 percent fruit juice is an easy and healthy way to get in a serving or two. Even 100% fruit juice still has sugar and calories, so watch your portions to keep it healthy. Mix it with seltzer or water to dilute it a bit.