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Drink Ideas (that are not plain water)

by Lisa on February 6, 2012

One thing I get asked about often is regarding drink ideas. People will say they really don’t enjoy drinking plain water (unless they’re really thirsty or hot), but they don’t know what else to drink. This also comes up when we’re talking about how to stop drinking soft drinks (soda, pop…whatever you call it in your neck of the woods!).

The suggestions I give to people may sound a little strange at first, but finding a strategy for increasing your fluid intake or avoiding not-so-healthy beverages is important so you don’t rely on forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do or using willpower resisting something you want.

Here they are:

Apple Cider Vinegar Cinnamon Drink

Choose either tea or water (sometimes I use Cinnamon Orange tea)
Add:
1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
a few dashes of cinnamon
2 drops of stevia

Drink this cold or warm

(you can buy a drink like this in the store, but they’re around $2 a piece–making it is much cheaper!)

 

Aloe Cooler

This one takes more prep–but you could prep it in the morning and take it with you.

3-inch chunk of Aloe Gel
Juice of 1 Lemon and 2 Limes
1 ½ cups Coconut Water
Stevia or Agave to taste

Blend with ice for a colder slushy drink, or without ice for a thinner drink.

 

Homemade “Pop”

Put a few drops of stevia into a glass. Pour in seltzer water, any flavor you like.

The fizz from pouring stirs the drink for you, and you can add other flavors if you like (cherry extract, orange extract, etc.)

 

Lemon Ginger Water

To hot water, add:

3-4 slices of ginger
the juice of half a lemon
1 tsp honey (or stevia to taste)
pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

 

Other homemade ideas: Smoothies (see tab above for recipes, and search smoothies for other ideas as well), juice (if you have a juicer)

Drinks you can buy that help you avoid “pop”:

Zevia – soft drinks sweetened with erythritol and stevia

Steaz 0 calorie drinks – sweetened with erythritol

Bragg’s Apple Cider drinks – similar to the cinnamon drink above

Kombucha – fermented probiotic drink (expensive)

KeVita – fermented coconut water (cheaper than kombucha, has beneficial probiotics, low calorie, low sugar)

 

A quick Elimination Diet Update: 

My skin cleared up. I feel good now, but last week, I was sad and had no energy…I’m glad that seems to be over. I’m slightly bored of what I’ve been eating, but I searched pinterest and found some good recipes to try. I’ve had several people ask me about what I’m eating (in more detail) so I’ll post a day’s worth of food and exercise sometime this week. The only thing that has been difficult for me is that when I’m hungry and need a snack, I don’t know what to eat–I would have always just eaten a piece of cheese or handful of nuts before. Now, I just kind of wander around the kitchen and hope something jumps out at me!

Are you a water drinker? I’m one of those people who only drinks it when I’m really thirsty. I do try and drink a whole glass when I wake up in the morning, and then when I take supplements.

How was your weekend? I had fun on Saturday at the re-gift party, but it was a little difficult being social while I’m on the elimination diet (side note: it wasn’t hard to resist the food I couldn’t eat because I didn’t want it, but apparently it was hard to remember that I should have eaten before hand—I drank too much wine on an empty stomach and had a headache yesterday). The lace-y outfits were funny, and we all had a good time—there were even a few gifts that people “fought” over.

Oh, also, the spice muffins were a big hit—I only shared them with my Mom and a friend, and they both liked them a lot.

Happy Monday! I got up at 6:00 this morning and started working then, so I’m happy to report that most of my To-Do list is complete for the day. In another 2 hours or so, I’m planning to call it quits and play in the kitchen or maybe even go outside–the sun is actually out! Did you jump back into your work today, or drag a little bit before  getting started?


  • Heather (Where’s the Beach)

    Sounds like you’ve been super productive this Monday! I definitely get in my water. I have a 32 oz glass I keep on my desk. I fill it and finish before 11 then refill and finish before I leave. Plus whatever water I have during workouts and after work. 

  • http://fitchocoholic.blogspot.com/ Gen

    Great ideas!!!! I actually love drinking water….but I’ll definitely have to try out some of your ideas!

  • http://thehealthybeehive.com/ Jane

    I hope you feel better this week!  I do like drinking water .. I try to keep some near me at work.  I have been getting into kombucha recently.  Ever tried making your own?  Waaay cheaper! 

  • http://caitplusate.com/ Caitlin

    I try to drink a glass of water when I wake up too, and I make it a habit to have a bottle with me at all times. I try to head off getting thirsty! I hate that frustrated feeling when you’re hungry but don’t have enough options and don’t know what to eat/what you can eat. I’d probably be bored of what I’ve been eating too but good idea to search Pinterest. I’ll be interested to see your day’s worth of food post while on an elimination diet!

  • Anonymous

    I pretty much only drink water and it’s been that way since college really. I never really drank pop too much growing up, but I did drink lots of juice boxes and Hawaiian punch! ICK!

    I love all your drink ideas and think they all sounded good! Especially the Apple Cider Vinegar Cinnamon Drink! YUM!I actually got a lot done this weekend! I organized more then half the cabinets in my kitchen and just have a few left to do. Then I have to organize my bathroom drawers and my jewelery! It’s a mess!

  • http://purplebirdblog.com Christin@purplebirdblog

    I was doing really well on increasing my water intake for a couple weeks, and then I’ve been slacking these last few days.  I love KeVita and coconut water, and I’m making my own kombucha again.  My scoby had gone dorment so it’s taking longer than I initially thought (I had to add a bottle from the store to get it going again!), but in another week or two I’ll have a perfect batch.  Can’t wait!  :)

  • http://fitapproach.com/ Alyse

    These are great ideas – I’m not a huge fan of drinking water unless I’m super thirsty. I love mixing sparkling water with a splash of juice, or drinking hot water with lemon. Those are my favorite ways to stay hydrated!

  • http://www.DiningAndDishing.com/ Dining and Dishing

    Good suggestions! I am one of those odd balls that actually enjoys water but when I want something special I usually opt for sparkling. Helped me kick my diet soda habit a while back too! 
    Happy Monday Lisa – have a great week! 

  • http://oliepants.wordpress.com/ Susan

    It sounds ridiculous but I am an avid water drinker!  I drink it as the beverage of choice.  I get fewer glasses in when I’m at home but when at work, I get in about 10-12 glasses.  

  • http://www.pure2raw.com/ Pure2raw Twins

    love all these drink ideas!!! thanks for sharing what you do and like :)  

  • Lauren George

    What great suggestions! I love lemon ginger water! :)

  • http://www.1970kikiproject.wordpress.com/ cathy@1970kikiproject

    oh boy, is this post ever fitting for me, lisa!!! many thanks!! today is day #30 of being pop free! i am SO going to try that stevia + carb water idea…i have not yet, but i have not forgotten!! i am making due with coffee, plain carb water and plain water. i drink water when i wake up, during workouts and at the store. i find by mid-aft, coffee is unappealing and plain water is just fine!
    thanks for the updates! i hope you feel better this week and find some snack ideas that jazz you. way to go on being so on top of your to do list yesterday – that is a GREAT way to begin the week. we had the most amazing weather yesterday – bright sunshine, clear roads, not too cold. i hope this *winter* sticks around til the end of the season! glad you had fun at the regift party!

  • http://blissfulbritt.wordpress.com/ Brittany

    I love water, I will drink it all day long. HOWEVER, these options ALL sounds amazing. I will bookmark this page so I can try them all! Thanks for sharing! 

  • http://anediblemosaic.com/ Faith

    I’m a water junkie, but I’m love trying new ways to flavor it!  Every morning I take a “shot” of apple cider vinegar and chase it with a glass of water, but I like the idea of your Apple Cider Vinegar Cinnamon Drink much better, lol!

  • Anonymous

    The lemon ginger drink sounds good. I’m a water-aholic. Glad you had a nice weekend!

  • http://nevernotbeautiful.blogspot.com/ Laura @ nevernotbeautiful

    I’m a big water drinker, hot or cold, and I love tea as well. But I really like your idea of homemade pop, with the seltzer water. I’m going to have to try that! But first to find some fun flavored extracts…

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    My fave is to use vanilla stevia and orange extract :-)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I loved your kombucha post today—I only tried the continuous brew, and my scoby came hydrated, so it was really interesting to read about the way you did it!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I send these suggestions to clients all the time…and sometimes they think I’m crazy, but really…if you have to spruce up your water intake in a healthy way, it’s going to take some creativity!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I buy them sometimes too :-)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    If you try the apple cider drink, let me know how you like it from the perspective of just enjoyment (since you’re not working on increasing hydration)!

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