5 Cheap Sweet Drinks That Are Good For You
Do you think that Freshman 15 comes from food? Not all the time. It’s way easier to drink your calories than eat them. Most folks need about 1500-1800 daily calories for a normal, healthy diet. One 16 oz. coke is 200. Three sodas in a day can kill a third of your daily allowance for calories and you haven’t touched your cold pizza slice from last night yet.
If you’re going to make sweet drinks a massive part of your diet, how about you do it right? You could save both calories and cash in doing so.
1. 100% Juice
Do some sleuthing when you go to your local supermegamart. The juice aisle has heaps upon heaps of brands for the tasting. Most of them are just concentrate and preservatives though. Look for labels that say 100% Juice. They cost more than pop, but you can dilute them with a little water to extend the life of the bottle. They are also waaaay less calories.
2. Lavendar Lemonade
Thug Kitchen has kind of taken the healthy eating groupthink to the mainstream with aggressively worded narrative pictures and wit. Most of their creations border on the exotic, but one of their suggestions is really quite cheap to make while being delicious and healthy.
3. Green Tea w/ Honey
Unless you’re a tea connoisseur green tea, alone, is gross. It’s like hot water mixed with dirt. Sweeten it up with honey. Not only are the two together a sweet treat to take in hot or cold, but they are also low in calories, natural, excellent cold and flu fighters and cheap as hell!
4. Fruit smoothie with or without yogurt
The fruit smoothie is amazing. The price may seem daunting since it includes several ingredients and you will need a blender, but the health benefits are crazy and it’s delicious. The rough part is the blender at $20-$30. Here are some tips to keep the price way affordable after that:
Many smoothie recipes want you to use exotic juices. Just get orange juice. It works well for most recipes.
Yogurt is an excellent smoothie ingredient, but it can get pricey. Switch in ice. It adds texture just as well.
Freeze the fruit to make sure it lasts longer because throwing out ingredients stinks. Just be sure to let the frozen fruit sit in the blender with the orange juice for a few minutes before you grind it up. It will extend the life of your blender.
Emergen-C is awesome because it has hyper-doses of Vitamin C along with echinacea and other vitamins while being sweet, fizzy and delicious. Since it comes in packets the costs are wonderfully low.
The Vitamin C in it is excellent for bolstering your immune system against cold and flu. However, there is an upper limit to how much Vitamin C you can take in during one day. And since one packet of Emergen-C contains 1,667% of your daily dose of Vitamin C you might want to pay attention to how much of it you’re drinking. Unless you like diarrhea and kidney stones. Then have at it!