Those zero calorie diet sodas may seem harmless, but not only do most contain aspartame which has been linked to cancer, a number of studies have shown that people who drink at least two diet sodas a day are more likely to gain weight. Similarly, fruit juices tend to be loaded with sugar, ditto for cocktail mixers. Don’t pack on the pounds because of these seemingly innocuous beverages, opt instead for one of the below alternatives.
Mash is made from mashed fruit that has been mixed with carbonated water, so it’s carbonated like soda, but unlike soda it’s low in sugar. While one serving only has 25 to 40 calories, one 20 oz. bottle has three servings so this isn’t exactly a low calorie drink, but it is a more healthful alternative if you’re addicted to soda. It’s available in four flavors: Pomegranate Blueberry, Grapefruit Citrus Zing, Lemon Peel Ginger Root and Blood Orange Ripe Mango.
Dairy is a common inflammatory; now there are non-watery cashew and almond milk alternatives with OMilk. In addition to the brand's classic cashew and almond milks, they have seasonal flavors and cold brew coffee almond milk.
Vitamin Squeeze is a 0 calorie, 0 carb and 0 sugar line of flavored water enhancers. Made with antioxidants, essential vitamins, electrolytes and minerals, just squeeze any of the flavors into water for an added wellness and flavor boost.
Bai 5 is a low-sugar, 5-calorie beverage made from organic coffeefruit (the antioxitant-rich casing that surrounds the coffee bean). GMO, gluten and soy-free, the light and refreshing drinks come in eight flavors, each of which have a low glycemic index so they won't give you a quick sugar spike and drop (they do, however, taste surprisingly sweet).
Altar bills itself as the first premium herbal and botanical mood mixer. Made from fruits, heirloom vegetables, single estate teas, flowers and spices, most ingredients are organic and each ingredient has been carefully sourced to elicit a specific reaction — i.e. organic cherries to awaken the senses and organic vert du Vietnam green tea for energy. The product line was conceived by Jagatjoti Khalsa, who helped pioneer Yogi Tea into the first fully-organic medicinal tea line.
Kombucha is a fermented tea said to help with everything from digestion to hair loss.
Looking for a more healthful alternative to wine? Vintage TeaWorks is a line of teas inspired by wine — think Green Tea Sauvignon or White Tea Riesling.
Coconut waters are a dime a dozen these days, but Coco Libre is the only one that's organic. Plus, in addition to the original and flavored options, they've got ones enriched with protein and chia.
Made with all-natural coffee beans, Real Beanz goes above and beyond your regular iced coffee by enriching each of their flavors with natural herbs to do everything from give you energy to help you relax. No artificial flavorings, colorings, sweeteners or preservatives are used.
Choffy is made of roasted and ground cocoa beans and you brew it just like coffee. Unlike coffee, however, it’s full of antioxidants (more than in a serving of blueberries) and doesn’t give you the caffeine crash that you sometimes get with coffee (it does naturally contain a gentle stimulant called Theobromine). It’s also low calorie, has no sugar, gluten, dairy or chemicals.
Powell & Mahoney
Unlike most other cocktail mixers, Powell & Mahoney's are free of high fructose corn syrup and a number of them, including Margarita and Blood Orange, are low in calories.
Available in two flavors — Blueberry and Banana — Nuwi makes quinoa-based smoothies. Both flavors are free of genetically modified ingredients, have no added sugar (they're sweetened with organic agave nectar) and are rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids.
Owls Brew is fresh brewed tea crafted specifically for cocktails. The cocktails end up having 1/3 of the calories of comparable ones and the teas are sweetened with all-natural agave, have no preservatives, concentrates or artificial flavors.
Available in four flavors — Cola, Citron, Tonic Water and Club Soda — Hard can be had on its own or used as a mixer. Unlike most mixers lining supermarket shelves, however, Hard is made with natural flavors and vitamins and zero corn syrups, food coloring or artificial ingredients.
Spartos is water enriched with 10 grams of pure whey protein isolate (whey has the highest biological value of any protein source). It's considered a sports drink and sweetened with stevia and has fruit and vegetable extracts to load it with vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants.
Some vitamins lose their potency sitting in water so Activate stores them in a unique cap. Just twist the cap and the active ingredients pour into the water for a 0 calorie, 0 sugar, preservative-free drink that is naturally sweetened with stevia. As an added bonus, the bottles are made from post-consumer recycled plastic.