Hey everyone, surprise surprise! I’m a day behind with this post. I actually feel good about writing and publishing this today and finally clearing my backlog of posts.
Today, I want to talk about drinking- not alcoholic beverages, but just what we’re consuming to quench our thirst on a regular basis. What I’ve found after months of eating clean is that a lot of bottled beverages, teas, and juices, along with being more expensive than simply drinking water, are chock full of sugar, sodium, aspartame, and other no-no ingredients.
I wanted to share a list of my favorite mineral waters and zero calorie drinks that have helped wean me off of sugary drinks for good. Check out my picks below!
1. La Croix
OK, La Croix, any time you want to sponsor me, that would be great (kidding, mostly). To me, La Croix is water’s final form. Lightly carbonated with just a hint of flavor, it’s the best thing to drink ice cold on a hot summer day like the ones we’ve been having lately. Every time I hear that they’ve rolled out a new flavor, I get literally obsessed with tracking it down. It’s perfect- I get sweet biceps from lifting every available case off the shelf, and feel none of the guilt after going back to the fridge for a third or fourth can.
Fun fact about me: I used to hate water. I would refuse to drink it, and was always perpetually dehydrated, which is no good. When I went to college, I kind of had to grow up a little, but I still thought chugging Gatorade after a night out counted as good hydration habits (who can relate). I slowly started getting into mineral waters, and haven’t looked back since. What I love about Pelligrino, besides feeling fancy as heck when I drink it- pinkies up, ladies- is that it’s very no-fluff. There aren’t a list of unpronounceable ingredients like preservatives or acids, so you know exactly what you’re getting. I like to drink mine with a lime wedge and a splash of agave if I’m feeling particularly adult, or straight from the bottle if I run out of patience- which is more likely the case.
3. Poland Spring Sparkling Water
Ah, Poland Spring. I reach for these a lot when I’m reaching the tail end of my weekly budget. It’s affordable, simple, sparkling water with minimal extraneous ingredients, all of which is extremely appealing to me. Plus, they’re starting to expand their flavor range a ton in order to keep up with the sparkling water craze that’s been happening lately.
4. Clear American Unsweetened
Clear American doesn’t always have the greatest track record when it comes to those sneaky chemicals, however they’ve recently come out with a line that is free of artificial sweeteners, preservatives and sodium- quickly winning them a spot back on my must buy list. Plus the box comes with 12 cans, which is a lot for the value. In fact, it’s almost double the size of any other brand, besides La Croix.
The few above are the ones I’ve got in heavy rotation, but I still think these are worth mentioning, even the ones that are not exactly “zero calorie”:
- Harmless Harvest Coconut Water
- Filtered Water (water + filter bottle + fresh fruit/veggies)
- Fresh-brewed Unsweet Tea
- Cold Brew Coffee (skip the sweetener)
Let me know what you think of the list above- and feel free to shoot me some of your faves! I’m always looking to check out more healthy beverages.
Keep it real,