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Three Cheers For Hydration!

August 23, 2010

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I make it a point to avoid drinking empty calories, preferring to spend the majority of my daily intake on food. That said, it’s so important to stay hydrated. Regardless if I’m at work, at home or on the run, I like to have a beverage on hand, especially in the heat of summer.

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Below is a list of my favorite low-cal and no-cal beverages. Drink up!

1) Natural fruit and vegetable juices

Drinking fruits and vegetables is a quick, convenient and delicious way to consume your daily dose of produce. However, a lot of fruit and vegetable juices contain added sugar and calories. The solution? Make fresh fruit and vegetable juice on your own! Put your favorite fruits and vegetables in a juicer and make your favorite juice combos. Vegetable juice typically has significantly less sugar and calories than fruit juice – and pulpy vegetable juice is usually full of fiber, which can control hunger. We know it’s important to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables each day, so why not do it through a straw?

2) Not your average water glass

Add one of the following to your water pitcher for a subtle yet delicious hint of natural flavor. If you’re feeling daring, mix and match – the combinations are endless!

  • Sliced Lemon
  • Sliced Lime
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Sliced Orange

For a big water pitcher in your fridge…

Mix the below ingredients into water and keep refrigerated in a large pitcher. Let the components soak into your water fully before drinking.

  • 2 small limes and a tablespoon of fresh ginger
  • 1 sliced orange and a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 mint tea bags; let them soak for a few hours in the fridge

3) Packaged no-cal or low-cal drinks

You can buy these varieties from your local grocery store. If you want to save money – and you already know that you love the drink – we suggest buying in bulk!

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We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • How do you stay hydrated throughout the day?
  • What’s your favorite low-cal or no-cal drink?
  • Are there ingredients you’ve used in your water that haven’t been mentioned?

Bon appetit!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 23, 2010 6:43 pm

    I personally like plain cold water…but I also enjoy cold green tea in many falvors.

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