FRUIT JUICE SPRITZERS
Fruit juice spritzers are a great place to start when quitting soda. They contain around a third of the sugar that you’ll find in a can of soda (12 grams of sugar per cup), taste sweet, and are carbonated. While fruit juice spritzers are probably not something you want to be drinking every day if you’re cutting back on sugar, they’re still a much better choice than soda. To prepare a fruit juice spritzer simply combine half a cup of your favorite fruit juice with half a cup of soda water and enjoy. So, if you’re looking for a low sugar drink, try this one out.
If you choose the right ingredients, you can easily create a low sugar smoothie that contains less than 10 grams of sugar and still have a subtle sweet taste. The great thing about smoothies is that because they’re packed full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, any sugar they contain will be released into your bloodstream slowly, so you won’t experience any of the energy surges and crashes that usually come with sugar consumption. Try some of my low sugar smoothie recipes. My favorites are chocolate raspberry bliss smoothie or good morning green smoothie.
FRUIT INFUSED WATER
Fruit-infused water contains no sugar or calories, so this is perfect if you’re on a sugar detox. It shares the same benefits as standard water and will keep you hydrated, brighten your skin and enhance your energy levels. However, the fruit infusion gives it a subtle and sweet flavor, so if you find standard water too bland, give fruit-infused water a try.
To prepare fruit-infused water, you’ll need a mason jar and a cup of two or three chopped fruits that you’d like to infuse into the water. Once you have the fruits ready, place them in the mason jar, fill it with water and then allow it to infuse in the fridge for at least 24 hours. Try my peach ginger-infused water.
Like fruit-infused water, fruit tea contains zero calories and sugar and is just as healthy as standard water. However, even without any sugar, it has a surprisingly strong, sweet, and satisfying flavor. This is perfect for when you are craving sweet drinks.
There are lots of different fruit teas you can try and each one has a very distinctive flavor and offers differing health benefits. Your local store should sell a wide range of fruit teas, so try a few different teas until you find a favorite. Some are my favorites are:
- Tazo Herbal Tea: Passion
Coffee isn’t sweet but it’s still tasty, hydrating, and contains no sugar. If you drink it instead of soda, you’ll cut out 33 grams of sugar per day. To ensure that your coffee contains no sugar, ask for no-sugar options when buying it in coffee shops. Try to drink it black or with unsweetened milk or milk alternatives.
For an amazing tasting beverage, try this incredible infused water recipe below! It will cure that thirst for something sweet and will keep you hydrated. I hope you discovered new delicious low sugar alternatives to soda.
In case you missed parts 1 through 4 of the DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES, you can read them here:
DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES PART 1: What Sugar Does to Your Body
DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES PART 2: Alternatives for Refined Sugar
DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES PART 3: How Quitting Sugar Benefits Your Health
DITCH THE SUGAR SERIES PART 4: Fruits that are High in Sugar
Let’s Connect and Discuss Low Sugar Alternatives to Soda!
I would love to hear what your experience has been with finding alternatives to sodas. Do you often find yourself craving sweet drinks? Have you tried my peach-infused water yet? Let me know in the comments below.