With 24 hours in a day and plenty of beverages to be consumed, it is a good idea to make sure you have a few healthy options on your mind. So instead of reaching for unhealthy options to quench your thirst and hydrate your body, you are reaching for healthy, wellness-boosting options. Ditch the sugary soda, triple-shot espresso drinks (with whip on top!) and reach for drinks that truly hydrate, fuel and nurture your body from the inside out. Your body is made up of roughly 60-70% water – so you want to hydrate it the healthy way. From sunrise to sunset, afternoon to after-workout – here are 7 Healthy Beverages to Choose Today!..
Green Smoothies 1 of 8This simple sweet green smoothie may look a bit scary to a green drink newbie. But one sip and you will see why green drinks have everyone buzzing. The taste is sweet and sassy. This blend contains leafy greens, grapes, citrus and coconut water. Rich in antioxidants, fiber and minerals like potassium to naturally enhance hydration.
Make a Simple Sweet Green Smoothie
Lemon and Water 2 of 8Have you tried this?? It is quite the healthy trend for good reason. Drinking hot or warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is said to help cleanse your digestive tract and prepare your body for a new day of eating and drinking. Lemons, though quite acidic by nature, actually may act to alkalyze the body. This is also a great, pure way to hydrate first thing in the morning.
Learn more about lemon and water
Fruit Smoothies 3 of 8Fruit smoothies are loaded with antioxidants, fiber and minerals. They hydrate while satisfying your hunger and fighting free radicals. Thirsty or hungry? Blend up a smoothie to satisfy the healthy way! Reach for bananas, berries and other tropical fruits like mango and pineapple to blend up delicious, sweet smoothies.
Make a Raspberry Ritual Vitality Smoothie, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Green Tea 4 of 8We all need a little boost from some caffeine once in a while, and green tea is filled with antioxidants and even a small amount of caffeine (compared to caffeine-heavy coffee or espresso.) You may even want to try out matcha green tea. Matcha lattes or basic water and matcha teas are both healthy and delicious! Just remember that drinking caffeinated beverages may have a diuretic effect which may inhibit your hydration goals.
Get 7 Facts of Matcha Green Tea
Fresh Pressed Juice 5 of 8Freshly pressed juice (pressed by extracting the liquid and removing the fiber of fruits and veggies) is quite popular come January. You may even want to try a juice cleanse if you are eager to jump start a wellness program. Or you can juice your own blends at home using a juicer. Be sure to drink juice within a few days of juicing - and it is best if you drink right after juicing.
Make Citrus Kicker Juice
Coconut Water 6 of 8Coconut water may seem like a passing trend, but it certainly has a few healthy, stand-out characteristics like more potassium than a banana! It is a smart beverage to drink during or after a workout as it contains both electrolytes and a bit of natural sugars. Coconut water contains around 60 calories per serving, which is less that most sports drinks. It is also free of any added chemicals or food colors.
Get 7 reasons to drink coconut water
Sleepy Time Tea 7 of 8Before bedtime, it is a good idea to hydrate by drinking some sleepy, bedtime tea. Bedtime blends usually contain calming herbs like peppermint, spearmint, chamomile and more. These teas, warm and cozy, send you off into dreamland feeling blissful and mellow.
Make Calming Chamomile Tea
Water 8 of 8Bonus healthy beverage: water! You really cannot go wrong drinking pure, healthy, hydrating, calorie-free, sugar-free water! Gulp, gulp, gulp.
photo credits: Kathy Patalsky
Read more from Kathy on her blog, Healthy. Happy. Life.
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