Soda: the elixir of life (if you don’t count whiskey). Or so we thought. But let’s face it, the sugary drinks we all know and love are not exactly healthy. I can’t be the only one who saw that episode of Mythbusters where they used Coke to clean rust off a car and think, “maybe I shouldn’t put that in my body.”
They’re like that one friend who’s always fun to be around, but you know they’re bad for you in the long run. And we’ve all had one of those. SO what do we do when we want a refreshing drink that won’t make our dentist cringe? Enter the world of healthy soda alternatives! Here’s a rundown of some of the brands that are shaking things up and trying to get us all to kick the cola habit.
Poppi: The Fizzy, Vitamin-Packed Alternative to Soda
First up, we have Poppi. This brand is all about fizz and flavor, without the questionable ingredients. Their drinks are made with real fruit and apple cider vinegar, and are full of vitamins, making them great for the girlies with immune or tummy issues.
The best part is you can’t even taste it! Each can is around 20 calories with only 4 grams of sugar, so this alternative is actually beneficial to you and your gut. Poppi has a range of flavors to choose from, like Raspberry Rose, Ginger Lime, and even Blueberry.
It’s almost like the La Croix of the healthy soda world, but with actual taste. And let’s be real, we could all use a little more taste in our lives.
Olipop: The Rebel Brand Shaking Up the Soda Market
Next on the list is Olipop. This brand is like the rebel of the group, refusing to conform to the traditional soda formula. Instead of sugar, they use a combination of plant-based sweeteners like stevia and erythritol. It also features prebiotics, so hello healthy gut.
We love to see it. Olipop is slightly higher in calories and subsequently is slightly more expensive, though those two things are most likely unrelated. Olipop comes in flavors like Classic Root Beer, Strawberry Vanilla, and Cherry Vanilla, which sound like ice cream flavors, but we promise they’re not.
Zevia: The Sweet Tooth’s Solution to Sugar-Free Soda
For those of you who have a sweet tooth, Zevia is a great option. This calorie and sugar free option is sweetened with Stevia leaf extract, a sugar substitute that is about 300 times as sweet as regular table sugar but without the calories or carbohydrates.
This brand has the flavor game down pat, with a wide variety of options to choose from. They even have caffeine-free versions of some flavors for those of us trying to cut down on caffeine as well.
Whether you’re in the mood for Cream Soda, Ginger Root Beer, or even a caffeine-free Cola, Zevia has got you covered. But what really sets them apart is their commitment to using natural ingredients, like monk fruit and stevia, to sweeten their drinks. We’re not sure what monk fruit is, but if it means we can drink soda without the guilt, we’re all for it.
Health-Ade Booch Pop: The Gut-Healthy Kombucha-Soda Hybrid
Health-ade Booch Pop is up next, and we’re not gonna lie, the name alone makes us feel like we’re part of some exclusive club. Booch Pop is short for Kombucha Pop, which is essentially a mix of kombucha and soda.
If you’re not familiar, kombucha is a fermented tea that has all sorts of health benefits and is full of gut-healthy prebiotics. With over 70% of your immune system living in your stomach, taking care to ensure you’re getting in your prebiotics is a must to look and feel your best.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try flavors like Lemon Lime, Pom Berry, or Ginger Fizz. It’s like a party in your mouth, but with a slight buzz.
Fit Soda: The Nutrient-Packed, Zero-Calorie Post-Workout Treat
Last but certainly not least, we have Fit Soda. This brand is like the personal trainer of the group, making us feel like we’re getting a workout just by drinking their drinks.
Fit Soda is sweetened with Stevia and contains vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C and Zinc. It’s 0-0 in both calories and sugar and is packed with BCAAs so they’re great for a post-workout recovery treat. So not only are we quenching our thirst, we’re also getting our daily dose of nutrients. Fit Soda comes in flavors like Orange Cream, Citrus, and Black Cherry, which makes you feel like you’re at a fancy juice bar, but without the pretentious atmosphere.
Making the Switch: Discovering the World of Flavorful, Healthy Soda Alternatives
So, what have we learned? There are plenty of healthy alternatives to soda out there that won’t make you feel like you’re sacrificing flavor for health. Whether you’re a Poppi fan (me) or an Olipop aficionado, there’s something out there for everyone.
So go ahead and ditch the sugary, syrupy stuff and give one of these healthier options a try. Your tummy and your immune system will thank you.. And who knows? You might even find a new favorite beverage that you never knew existed. So let’s raise a can to healthier, happier, and more flavorful drinking options. Cheers!
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