Real talk: one of the most common mistakes people make in a diet overhaul is not thinking about what they’re drinking. However, figuring out what are best healthy drinks to sink isn’t easy. Do you pick low sugar or low cal? Focus on fat levels or percentage of aspartame? Calories aside, drinks – even ones that claim to be healthy – have hidden nasties. The virtuous amongst us would probably stick to water – but don’t spend your summer sipping plain H2O and then regretting it. So back to spilling on the best healthy drinks to chuck in your trolley. First things first, artificial sweeteners are what you want to scan labels for. Theses chemical substances are used in place of sugar but can increase food cravings, boost fat stores and contribute to weight gain. Secondly, a recent study published in the journal Stroke suggests a link between sweeteners and dementia. This summer, do away with diet colas and other low-calorie drinks and load up on the best healthy drinks, all of which are sweetener free.
1. BEST FOR… AN ECO-FRIENDLY BOOST
Most sparkling infused waters usually just taste like stale air. But not Dash Water. Clever AND tasty, Dash Water is the brainchild of two PR execs from farming backgrounds who wanted to find a way to stop food waste. The result is an infusion of wonky veg (that would usually be thrown away) with sparkling water made right here in the UK. And they’ve got no calories, additives or added sugar nasties. You can thank us later.
PRICE: £1.29 per can. FLAVOURS: Sparkling Lemon or Sparkling Cucumber.
2. BEST FOR… A SIMPLE THIRST-QUENCHER
Swap out your Fanta for a Glaceau SmartWater this summer for zero sugar, zero calories, and all natural flavours. The sparkling water is vapour distilled (fancy) and, with a drop of natural fruit flavour, offers the best healthy drink for on-the-go.
PRICE: 95p per bottle. FLAVOURS: Berry & Kiwi, Lemon and Green Apple.
3. BEST FOR… A SWEET TREAT
HOTEL CHOCOLAT TEAOLAT
Hotel Chocolat may be more synonymous with indulgence than sweetener-free wellness, but their new range of ‘Teaolats’ offer antioxidants (from the cacao shells) and have no sweeteners, preservatives, or added sugar. What’s more, they’re packed full of vitamins B3, B6, B7 and B12 and rank at just under 100 calories. Now that’s wellness. Sip whilst you’re out and about or mix over ice with vodka or gin at your weekend BBQ. Just try not to slip a chocolate slab (or three) into your basket at the checkout.
PRICE: £2.50 per bottle. FLAVOURS: Ginger, Chai and Cacao, Raspberry and Cacao & Sparkling Lemon and Cacao.
4. BEST FOR… A FRUITY KICK
Robinsons squash is a dated British benchmark but their new drinks are a far cry from what you used to slurp at sports day. Their new Refresh’d drinks have just three ingredients (spring water, real fruit and naturally sourced stevia). So no fuss or fancy added foreign flavourings lurking on the label. The ingredients are all naturally sourced and free from artificial sweeteners, colours, flavourings or preservatives. They also contain no added sugar, so won’t spike your blood sugar levels (and leave you crashing come half four).
PRICE: £1.25 per bottle. FLAVOURS: Apple & Kiwi, Raspberry & Apple and Orange & Lime.
5. BEST FOR… A POST-WORKOUT REBOOT
WHAT A MELON WATERMELON WATER
Move over, coconut water: watermelon water is this summer’s go-to wellness staple. If the summer vibes have got you craving a juicy slice of watermelon but you can’t face the thought of sticky hands and endless pips (or having to eat a whole watermelon by yourself), then you’ll love What A Melon watermelon water. The drink also contains muscle-loving amino acid citrulline, perfect for restoring sore muscles after an hour of downward dogs and savasanas. And it has no added sugars, artificial flavours or additives in sight. Get slurping.
PRICE: £1.95 per carton. FLAVOURS: Watermelon
6. BEST FOR… A NATURAL ENERGY BOOST
Energy drinks are not exactly synonymous with the wellness or health. But Sunsoul drinks are making waves as one of the first all-natural energy drink. So put down that orange Lucozade. Made with botanicals such as guarana, baobab and kola nut to naturally boost your energy, there’s no need to pump yourself full of caffeine to fuel through the 4pm slump. You’d be silly not to try it.
PRICE: £1.20 per can. FLAVOURS: Sicilian Lemon & Lime, Spiced Mango & Pineapple and Raspberry & Elderflower.
7. BEST FOR… GUILT-FREE JUICINESS
Not just any old juice.
Coldpress is low cal, added sugar-free and mixed with coconut water to give your healthy fats a boost. If you fancy a juice without the added complications of mid-day sugar spikes and your dentist moaning at you, Coldpress have 35% less natural sugar than regular fruit juice. Their prep method also means they’re more nutritionally dense (retaining more nutrients and electrolytes than normal juice) AND they’re low in cals – at just 76 and 88 calories per 250ml bottle.
PRICE: £1.99 per bottle. FLAVOURS: Blood Orange Mandarin and Raspberry Lemon Apple
8. BEST FOR… AN ALL NATURAL PICK ME UP
Running late for a meeting but hitting the mid-afternoon brick wall? Put down the Quavers and grab a Little Miracles. Their blends are a simple mix of ice tea and fruit juice, sweetened naturally with agave. Packing fruits, antioxidants and organic ingredients into one small bottle, they’re the perfect on-the-go health boost for if you’re feeling under the weather. And, what’s more, all of their juices are certified organic and Fairtrade, free from artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners, and produced and harvested sustainably.
PRICE: £1.39 per bottle. FLAVOURS: Roobois & Elderberry, White Tea & Cherry, Green Tea & Pomegranate, Black Tea & Peach and Lemongrass Tea, Orange & Ginger.
9. BEST FOR… KICKING YOUR COKE CRAVINGS
If you’re finding it hard to kick your Diet Coke addiction and curb cravings, then Dalston’s cola will sort you out, offering nasty-free versions of Coca Cola, Fanta and Sprite. Win, win. The drinks have carefully sourced ingredients, no preservatives or sweeteners and blended with British spring water and beet sugar. The cans contain between 5.5g and 6.4g of sugar per 100ml (around half the amount of sugar in mainstream brands).
PRICE: £1.19 per can. FLAVOURS: Orangeade, Lemonade and classic Dalston Cola.
10. BEST FOR… REHYDRATING
We all know we should drink eight glasses of water a day… But water can get boring, right? Not with Zeo’s new drinks – a fruity drink that’ll up your water intake in no time. They’re all-natural, no added sugar AND low-cal, containing only natural fruit juice, spring water and nothing artificial.
PRICE: £1.39 per can. FLAVOURS: Cloudy Lemon, Cranberry & Raspberry, Peach & Grapefruit and Orange & Mango.
Read more: http://www.womenshealthmag.co.uk/nutrition/happy-hour/6890/the-best-healthy-drinks#ixzz4yaBrNq7k