I’ve listed 7 beverages that can replace sugary drinks you consume on a regular basis. Some of these are well known and some are new, what they all have in common is that they’re good for you. So drink up!
Benefit: Some studies have shown that drinking coffee may lower your chances of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, and certain cancers because of their high antioxidant content.
Tip: Adding one pack of regular white sugar will add 15 calories to your coffee. Adding a pack of sugar in the raw will add 19 calories to your coffee. Most people add 3 packs which equals to 45 calories from regular white sugar and 57 calories from sugar in the raw. Also, pouring a little cream into your coffee will add another 46 calories. Is it really worth it? Try using just one pack of sugar and substitute cream with soy milk or skim milk (you can wean yourself off cream slowly by using half whole milk and half skim milk).
2) Barley Tea.
Benefits: May improve blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, protect against certain cancers, cleanses the body of toxins, facilitates proper digestion, and relieves early symptoms of colds. Also high in antioxidants.
Tip: Barley Tea can be found in most Korean and Chinese Supermarkets. One pouch can make a gallon of tea. Boil a pot of water and add in one pouch, let seep until the tea is brown.
3) Chrysanthemum Tea.
Benefits: High in beta-carotene, a good source of B vitamins (choline, folic acid, niacin and riboflavin), vitamin C , calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. May help with acne, toothache, throbbing nerves, ease head congestion, lowers body temperature (fever or heat stroke), detoxifies the body, provides relief of sore throat, redness in eyes, itchiness in eyes, dryness in eyes, dark circles and eases digestion. Naturally caffeine free (no anxiety, tension, irritation, or nervousness).
Tip: Buy the dried flowers at Chinese supermarkets or Chinese herbal medicine shops. Place the flowers in a tea bag pouch because the flowers may tickle your throat which is very uncomfortable. Must use HOT water to break down the flowers. If you’d like, let cool and drink cold. It tastes delicious either way. A drizzle of honey will make it extra yummy.
4) Brown Rice Tea.
Benefits: Contains flavonoids and trace minerals and vitamins. Brown rice tea are rich in polyphenols which may lower cancer risk. A good source of selenium, which helps maintain thyroid function and regulates hormones and metabolism. Also abundant in manganese, which maintains healthy nerve functions, stabilizes blood sugar levels and aids the body in synthesizing cholesterol and essential fatty acids.
Tip: You can purchase Brown Rice Tea from Korean supermarkets.
Benefits: Contains small amounts of vitamins C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, vitamin K, and potassium depending on how much cucumber you use. A very low calorie refreshing beverage!