Here are some healthy drink swaps you can try throughout your day.
➪ Fizzy drinks are high in artificial colours and flavours which contribute to high blood pressure, tooth decay and other various health problems. Try swapping these for sparkling water with your favourite fruit sliced and squeezed into it, or try kombucha which is an excellent source of probiotics, and much healthier on your gut.
➪ Most bottled juices contain as much sugar and artificial ingredients as fizzy drinks. Check the label for ingredients and opt for freshly-squeezed or cold-pressed juice, without the added sugars or artificial flavours. The healthiest swap I would recommend is to enjoy a piece of fruit, this provides you with natural vitamins and minerals and will keep you satisfied for longer.
➪ Energy drinks are extremely high in artificial sugars, flavours, and caffeine. If you have these regularly, try swapping them for coffee and keep it to approximately 2 cups a day. Coffee has far more health benefits and will give you the caffeine hit if that’s what you need.
➪ Black tea and coffee contain many health benefits (I love my morning coffee), however, drinking excessive amounts every day may cause health problems associated with the caffeine side-effects. Enjoy 2 cups a day and try swapping the rest for herbal teas which are full of antioxidants and vitamins.
➪ Dairy milk consumption has rapidly declined in recent years for various reasons. Plant-based milk is more environmentally friendly, they are free from hormones and antibiotics, and most of them contain the same amount of vitamins and minerals (including calcium) as dairy milk. If you’re curious about swapping, read the labels, and taste-test each one – there’s plenty to choose from including, oat, cashew, almond, soy, rice, quinoa, and coconut. Oat, almond, and coconut are the top favourites in our home.
And finally, the purest drink of them all is plain, filtered water. A minimum of 2 litres a day will provide you with so many health benefits, and it’s free too!
Can you think of anymore healthy drink swaps?