Learning how to quit drinking soda can be such a pain in the butt. Many times over the years I have quit soda cold turkey, and disasterous results. Why did I fail? Because I didn’t have a plan on what I would drink once I quit soda. It’s time that I fess up. I hate plain water! It makes me pee ten times an hour (ok well not quite that much), and it’s just so bland! That’s single handedly the reason I’ve failed almost every time I’ve tried to give up soda.
Now that I am wiser, and doing the 30 Day No Soda challenge, I have a game plan. 10 tried and true things to drink other than soda when you hate water is my strategy for success. This list is a compilation of my no sugar beverages I drink every day, and a few of my ‘break glass in case of emergency” go to drinks when I really have to have something sweet!
1 Black tea: Since I am a reformed Mountain dew drinker, I had to have a strategy on how to not have a caffeine headache. Knowing how to quit soda without a headache is really important because if you don’t have a plan, you will be more likely to fall back to soda. My favorite black tea is Bigelow Tea’s Constant Comment or Chai Spiced tea. It’s full of flavor and I don’t even miss the sugar.
2. Fruit juice with soda water: If you really need something sweet, and you are dying for something bubbly, putting 100% fruit juice and soda water will get you your fix. Usually mine are a 50/50 ratio. That way it’s not too watered down. Make sure to look for brands with no added sugar on the label.
3. Fresh Fruit Spritzers: These are even better than the suggestion above. It’s a blend of fresh fruit, with soda water that gives you all the yummy fiber from the fruit and no added sugar! Stay tuned for some fresh fruit spritzer recipes here on Quirky Inspired!
4. One Word, Izze Sparkling Juice: When I am out to eat and need to grab a drink, I check and see if they have Izze Sparkling Juice. Izze has no added sugar. It’s only sweetened with fruit and rarely has caffeine. The Clementine flavor is my favorite! This is the way I go first before I break for a soda. 99% of the time it’s just enough to keep me from going back to the Dew.
5. Fruit Infused Teas: Using fruit to infuse teas is another great way to have a flavored drink without any sugar. My kids love my strawberry infused tea. We make it now without any sugar and it’s divine. .
6. Unsweetened Tea: As you drink less and less sugared drinks you’ll notice you won’t crave it as much. Unsweetened tea used to be disgusting to me. Now I keep a pitcher in the fridge for me to grab when I feel the urge.
7 Honest Tea: When I am on the go, I grab a Peach White Tea Honest Tea. Their teas usually only have 50-100 calories to the bottle and have very little added sugar. They have a great selection of fruit sweetened teas, unsweetened teas, and partially sweetened teas. More and more places are carrying them too. Between Honest Tea, Izze, and unsweetened tea I can usually find something to drink when I am out.
8. Milk: This one may seem weird, but milk is actually slightly sweet when you cut out all the hard core sugar drinks. Plus it’s not empty calories. Don’t like regular milk? Coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, or almond milk are good options too.
9. Fruit Infused Water: Infusing my water with a few drops of Young Living Essential Lemon or Citrus Fresh oil is one of my favorite ways to “flavor” water. It has just enough taste to make it not just water. My other trick is to infuse it with fruit like watermelon and berries. Check out my watermelon infused water here.
10. Coconut water: My friend, Lessie, says she loves coconut water. (Personally, I am not a fan) She swears by it. Just make sure that you look at the ingredients. Buy a brand that has only coconut water as the ingredient. There are a lot of junk drinks disguised as coconut water.
11. Coffee, glorious coffee: One thing I refuse to give up is my coffee. Normally I am a “coffee with your cream and sugar” gal, but I’ve had to re-adjust that. Now if I really want my cup of joe, I put a little bit of organic creamer in there and 2 tsp of sugar. It’s enough to get me my coffee fix without having all the sugar in my favorite mocha from my local coffee house.
It’s going to take some time to get used to not grabbing for the soda, but YOU CAN DO IT! (In my best Adam Sandler voice) Want support? Make sure to join the 30 day no soda challenge. We will be updating the blog weekly, and even have a Facebook group you can join to get daily support! Together we can kick this monkey off our backs!
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