We know that certain foods are more nutrient-dense or healthier than others. The superfoods that we strive to add to our daily diets as much as possible. But what about drinks? Those of us that are more health-conscious may be wrongly shunning drinks that aren't water. While sugary sodas aren't great for you, there are still many healthy and refreshing options that you can choose from.
Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, and that doesn't change in liquid form. Juices are a great way to get your 5 a day, especially if you find it hard to eat them in solid form. Just be careful about the juice you choose, as many premade juices have added sugar. Go for juices with berries, citrus fruits, and/or green vegetables for the best immune-boosting benefits.
Lemon and Ginger Tea.
Maybe you already use this as a cold remedy, but it's excellent for preventative measures too. Lemon and ginger is a combination that is full of vitamins, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Feel free to add honey for a touch of sweetness and antibacterial properties.
This colorful tea has catechins, a type of antioxidant that is antibacterial and may also help reduce the risk of disease. The great thing about green tea is that there are so many different varieties, from fragrant jasmine green tea to creamy matcha lattes (in fact, matcha has a higher concentration of antioxidants, so it's one of the healthiest types of green tea). If you think you're not a fan, we urge you to keep trying as there's bound to be one type that you'll end up loving.
Turmeric is so much more than just a curry spice. It contains the anti-inflammatory powerhouse compound curcumin, which helps to boost the immune system and its antibodies. Turmeric can be used in cooking, but you can also add it to juices or create lovely teas with it. Our favorite is the Golden Chai or Turmeric Latte: just add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, honey, or maple syrup and a pinch of black pepper to your heated milk of choice and mix well.
This slightly effervescent fermented tea drink is an excellent alternative to sodas. The fermentation helps to provide numerous health benefits, from increasing antibodies that fight disease to producing antioxidants. It transforms glucose into healthy bacteria that protect our digestive organs and strengthens the immune system.
Of course, drinking enough water is still very important. Just don't be afraid to add other drinks to the mix. Cheers!