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Everyone has tried to kick their soda habit at one point or another.
Unfortunately, most don’t succeed in this resolution – the main reason being that soda is delicious (have you tried Baja Blast?!) and there’s nothing quite like a little carbonation to get you feeling all tingly inside.
I believe that more people would find success in ditching the sugary drinks if they knew of better alternatives – you can still get that buzz, just without all of the added sugars and chemicals.
These days, it’s incredibly common for people to mistake diet drinks as a good option.
“It’s sugar- and calorie-free!” they exclaim as they take another swig. Unfortunately, diet drinks contain harmful artificial sweeteners that many studies show can actually be MORE dangerous than processed sugar.
Thankfully, more and more nutritious sodas are popping up all over the market.
My family and I have tried several, and here are five of our favorites:
1. Bai 5.
These are a staple in our home. There are two options available: regular (Bai 5) and carbonated (Bai Bubbles). They come in several flavors, including Bolivia Black Cherry, Peru Pineapple, Gimbi Pink Grapefruit, and Jamaica Blood Orange.
These contain much-needed antioxidants and are sweetened with stevia and erythritol, both of which aid in dental and digestive health.
You can find them here.
2. Blue Sky.
As with Bai, there are two kinds of Blue Sky: cane sugar and stevia.
While cane sugar is certainly better for you than the sugar found in regular soda, those wanting to regulate their blood sugar can go with the stevia-sweetened. These are about as close to “real” soda as you can get. Carbonated, flavorful…the cherry vanilla is KILLER.
Pick up a 24-pack here.
Zevia is becoming more and more popular in the healthful community.
Not only do they have a HUGE variety of flavors (14!), but NONE of their drinks contain a lick of sugar. It’s all stevia, carbonated water, and natural flavors baby.
There are also caffeine-free options available.
Choose your flavor (or get a variety pack!) here.
4. Vitamin Water Zero.
Typically, any drink with the word “zero” in it has a bad connotation – usually meaning artificial sweeteners like Splenda and maltodextrin. Most people are under the illusion that these are a healthier option, but many studies show the harmful effects including obesity, diabetes, and dementia. Unfortunately, these are just a handful of the hundreds of diseases and conditions that artificial sweeteners can contribute to.
It’s scary stuff, but in this case, zero just means no artificial sweeteners. These aren’t carbonated, but are a fantastic replacement for Gatorade and Powerade junkies!
Stock up on them here.
5. SoBe Lifewater.
These run along the same lines as Vitamin Water in that they contain helpful antioxidants and natural sweeteners. A blend of erythritol and stevia is used, although they are a little bit sweeter in this drink.
Try them all here.
In closing, I’d like to remind you that when making big lifestyle changes like cutting out sugar or soda, you will always have options available. With the healthy lifestyle trend soaring at an all-time high, you won’t have too much trouble finding a healthier option of whatever you’re giving up.
They even have organic Reese’s Cups, for Pete’s Sake!
Have you tried any of the drinks in this article? Which one did you like best? Let me know in the comments below!