Healthy Drinks to Replace Coffee + Soda
Giving up soda or sugar-laden coffee drinks is a popular New Year’s resolution for many people every year. Studies show that making positive habits (especially when it comes to diet) is easier when you add rather than subtract, meaning you think about all the things you can still drink: infused water, fresh juices and homemade coffee. You won’t even miss that speciality coffee drink when you make a healthier option at home.
Smooth Matcha Tea
Swap your morning latte for this matcha tea drink. It pairs perfectly with oatmeal for a filling, energizing breakfast.
Mango + Pineapple Agua Frescas
You won’t miss margaritas on Taco Tuesday with this delicious Mexican drink. You can make your own with whatever fruit you have on hand — is there anything better than a customizable recipe? (via Pineapple & Coconut)
Beet Grapefruit Green Juice
This juice won’t just win a health contest versus soda, but will win a beauty pageant against the fizzy stuff as well. The bright drink will give you added stamina from the beet juice and your daily servings of greens. (via With Food and Love)
Frosty Basil Lemonade
It’s almost too easy to make this delicious drink. Sip on this after dinner for dessert instead of a less-healthy option. Your body will thank you!
Turmeric Chai Tea
Can you drink your way to beautiful skin? With this chai tea recipe, yes! Save the money you would spend on a facial and drink this tea instead.
Homemade Almond Milk
Once you make your own almond milk, you’ll never want to buy it at the store again. All you need is almonds, water, a high-powered blender and cheesecloth or a nut milk bag for this DIY refrigerator staple.
Lemon Verbena Kombucha
Kombucha gives you the caffeine and bubbles of soda without the sugar crash and empty calories. This drink would go great with a spicy Thai meal. (via Fermented Food Lab)
Super Hot Cocoa
Don’t buy store-bought hot chocolate packets ever again. You can make your own healthy (+ vegan!) version at home with ingredients you already have on hand, like almond milk, maple syrup and cocoa powder.
Fruity Green Juice
Many people associate green juice with tasting earthy or “too healthy.” Apples and pears sweeten up the spinach, and mint rounds out this drink so it’s fruity AND refreshing.
Pink Lemon Water
Is it possible to upgrade infused water? Yes. This raspberry-filled drink will have you feeling like you’re spending the day at the spa, even if you’re just sipping on it while you hang out at home.
Lemon and Honey Barley Water
The health benefits of barley are astounding: It’s rich in vitamin B, iron, calcium and zinc, just to name a few. Keep colds at bay with a glass of this nourishing water.
Stop paying $6 every time you want a kombucha and make your own. The most fun part is being able to make your own flavor combinations… and the hardest part is deciding which flavor to make first.
Jasmine Ginger Iced Tea
This iced tea will give you the caffeine boost you used to get from soda with added health benefits. The combination of jasmine and ginger is irresistible, and it’s so healthy you can drink the entire batch.
Almas are Indian gooseberries that are known to boost immunity. This fruit is known to be a little sour, so use honey to sweeten it up.
Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink
You need to refuel and rehydrate after a trip to the gym. This drink will give you much-needed electrolytes, sodium and potassium without the artificial sugars and dyes of store-bought sports drinks.