Here are five less-sweet, less-caloric options to quench your thirst.user rating
Americans downed nearly a quarter less added sugar in 2008 than they did almost a decade ago, says a new report from Emory University. The drop is largely due to a decrease in the amount of sugar-sweetened soda that people drank. Schools limiting sugar-sweetened drinks and adults opting for less-caloric drinks have opened the floodgates for alternative beverages to take center stage. So what’s to quench your thirst instead? Check out these tasty beverages that will make soda seem like a thing of the past.—Denise Shoukas
This superfruit beverage is a new antioxidant-loaded drink, straight from the Hawaiian islands. Made from coffee-fruit extract, it’s a nutritional powerhouse in a bottle. It’s available in apple, raspberry and blackberry flavors, which complement the tartness of the fruit.
MSRP: $4.99/16 fluid ounces
Republic of Tea Calorie-Free Naturally Sweet Tea
Naturally sweetened with mountain-grown Korean hydrangea, this Chinese Black Tea contains no sugar, artificial sweeteners or flavorings. Its delightful aroma and lingering sweetness will soothe and satisfy any sugar craving.
MSRP: $17/36 bags
SAAF Ginger Beverage Company Gingernize Ginger Lemonade Rush
An award-winning twist on regular lemonade, Ginger Lemonade Rush is made from the juice of freshly squeezed lemons, pure ginger, mint leaves and evaporated sugar cane. It’s flash-pasteurized to preserve the nutritional qualities of ginger, and is available in nine flavors, including Pineapple Delight, Lemonade Rush and Tea Quencher.
MSRP: $3.99/16 fluid ounces
Slow Cow is a relaxation beverage that claims to improve concentration, memory and learning capacity without causing sleepiness. And it contains no calories, caffeine or sugar, making it a natural energy booster.
MSRP: $2.99/8.4 fluid ounces
Steven Smith Teamaker Black Cap
A nice departure from too-sweet bottled tea, Black Cap is lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar plus a squeeze of lemon. The taste of Northwest marionberries, a blend of three high-grown Ceylon teas and a touch of blackberry juice will do the rest.
MSRP: $8.99/1 liter