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Feb

What to Drink Instead of Soda

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

Yellow soda can standing out

Soda is one those hot button topics for many. Health minded parents think of it as thorn in their side…something always there to tempt kids into drinking tons of sugar. Many people could care less and they happily consume it in mass quantities and cry foul whenever legislation arises to tax it or limit it. It is a hot topic because it is a hugely controversial product and hugely unhealthy.

Now this is not to say that my own kids never have soda. In fact they do. It is our rule that soda is not to be consumed at home but if we eat out (which is not very often) they can order soda. If we go to someone else’s home who has soda we require they drink a full of glass of water before they drink the soda and typically this means they cannot finish the soda, which is a-okay with me. For some reason it never occurred to me until JUST now that we could also do this at restaurants. Hello? New rule!

Why don’t I ban it completely? Well, I don’t want my kids to lose respect my words of wisdom when they inevitably see other kids all around them who are allowed to drink the sugary stuff. I don’t want them to think I am some hippy dippy overreacting mom and thus make the soda even more powerful in their minds. Whether or not  this is a good idea remains to be seen (letting them have ANY that is). I am hoping that they develop a keen eye for the dangers of soda and that they end up liking so many other beverage options they don’t need it later on in life. I also hope to turn out kids who can make wicked back of home brewed Kombucha!

I was encouraged recently to read an article about how soda makers are reporting lower revenues and how the production of high fructose corn syrup is declining. This is great news in my mind although this is also why the soda companies are now buying out companies that make healthier drinks, like my Zico coconut water I can no longer drink thanks to them being bought by GMO supporting Coke. Ugh! At any rate if soda profits are falling then people are getting wise to just how bad this stuff is. Another article came across my radar this morning about a 31 year old woman who died due to what her doctors call a Coke addiction. She was drinking 2 gallons of the stuff a day and even gave birth to a child who had no tooth enamel, thanks to the soda. Scary stuff!

The part that stuck out to me in that article was how her family feels she was addicted and had withdrawal symptoms whenever she tried to stop drinking it. I had a similar experience when I stopped drinking soda. It was 2-3 days of terrible flu like symptoms and headaches. That stuff really is addicting and I have no doubt that years from now it will be common knowledge that soda companies formulated products with that in mind.

So what you can drink instead of soda? Here are some of the things we drink. What do you drink?

Flavored Water – Add ginger, citrus fruits or berries (can also be frozen), herbs, cucumber, vinegar.

Water Kefir

Coconut Kefir

Milk Kefir

Coconut Water

Tea

Kombucha – Can make tons of different flavors by adding fruit/juice

Fizzy Juice – Use a soda stream and concentrated juice

Fruit Smoothies

Green Smoothies

Green Juices

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

5 Comments

  • LaurenJamison

     I slowly weaned myself off of diet soda. I had gotten to a point where I was only drinking one a week. But I had changed my diet to a whole foods based diet and felt like soda went against everything I believed about food and putting chemicals in my body. So I started with mixing soda water and fruit juice, and then nixed the juice, and now I’m a water (or beer and wine) girl all the time. Although I ADORE the bubbles, so soda water is still my fav!

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  • Alyssa Ashley

    Soda is such a tough one for kids! For now, soda is pretty much banned in our family, as well as the high sugar ‘fruit’ drinks such as Capri Sun, etc. Fortunately, our oldest son doesn’t like fizz, so even if we did let him have soda, he wouldn’t want any. Thank goodness for that! We allow organic OJ, milk, tea, water, coconut water, smoothies, and occasionally fresh squeezed lemonade. I realize this is still full of sugar, but at least the fresh squeezed kind doesn’t have all the other chemicals/additives found in processed drinks. A friend of mine gives her son carrot juice, which is surprisingly naturally sweet, and it is a great alternative drink option. For me, sparkling water with a little fresh lemon or lime or a glass of ice cold kombucha. I haven’t had a soda in probably 10 years or more.

  • Sara

    I drink mostly water but will have a Zevia if I want a soda. My daughter drank an orange soda at a Girl Scout party once.  She felt so terrible from all the bubbles that she swears she won’t touch it again.

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  • Limu

    My husband and I are really concerned about the type of drinks our kids have. We do not buy sodas or anything like that. Water is the main source of drinks for us but we do let them drink natural juices. You have to read the labels, many juices are not natural and are full of sugars.