The beverages that you drink are just as important in your diet as what you eat. It’s essential that you stay hydrated, but not all of us do it in the healthiest way. Although it’s the healthiest way to hydrate, many people find water boring or even dislike the taste. Too often, we give in to the temptation of a sugary or caffeinated drink when we’re thirsty, especially if we’re short on time. It’s all too easy to grab a Coke from the nearest vending machine or go to your office breakroom for a coffee. If you feel like the liquid part of your diet could do with some work, these techniques will help you hydrate healthily.
Carry a Healthy Drink
One of the things that can push us toward unhealthy drinks is not having an alternative available. Even if we’re faced with a choice between a bottle of water and soda, it’s all too easy to pick the option with more sugar in it. If you want to avoid temptation, pack a drink in your bag at home and take it with you to work or wherever you’re going. You could fill up a sports bottle or a vacuum flask, or just bring something from a pack of drinks you bought.
Learn to Love Water
Some people claim not to like water, but in reality one glass can taste very different from the next. It’s best to drink tap water, to avoid harming the environment with too many plastic bottles. If you don’t like the water in your area, try using a filter to see if it changes the flavor. You can also add natural flavorings, either bought from the store or made yourself. Try lemon, lime, raspberries – whatever you want.
Have Hot Drinks without Caffeine
If you love coffee or tea, cutting back on them can be horrible. Hot drinks are great for warming you up or getting you started in the morning. Fortunately, there are other hot drinks without caffeine. Have a look at the range of options available on www.shophyson.com, for example, including peppermint and chamomile. You can add honey, sugar or sweetener for extra flavor, but be careful not to use too much.
Is Milk Healthy?
Milk is also an excellent alternative to less healthy drinks, but sticking to low-fat is best. Like water, you can have it hot or cold. So you could have a cold glass of milk in the morning or make a cup of cocoa at night. There are alternatives too, such as almond or soy milk, which are low in fat.
Fruit and Veg
Changing your drinking habits is also a fantastic way to get in your five a day. As well as using fruit to flavor water, you can make smoothies and juices with both fruits and vegetables. However, be careful with sugar levels in fruit juices, especially when you buy them from the store.
Staying hydrated is especially important when you’re working out or when the weather is warmer. If you’re going to cut out unhealthy drinks this summer, don’t forget to replace them with some delicious, healthy alternatives.