Do you want to give up drinking soda? Or at least cut back? Six months ago, I was an avvid coke drinker, and read one too many scary articles about the poisons in soft drinks. The next day was my last day drinking soda, and I have not looked back. I have found a number of great alternatives that have helped me stay away from that evil soda and remain on the healthy path to immortality.
1. Water & Hard Candy
If you can make a straight switch for soda to water, you are a powerful person. In fact, you probably do not need to read the rest of the list. Drinking water is a good move no matter what is going on in your life. Simply adding a peice of hard candy while drinking water can give flavor and sugar to the water and is a good way to allow yourself to water drink often and still get the sweet flavor you will be missing from soda.
2. Tea and Juice
Tea and Juice combos have recently been showing up in the grocery stores. Hansen's Natural and POM juice are just a few brands coming out with excellent tea/pomegranate drinks that are delicious. They are slightly caffienated and tastey. Each brand offers a set of flavors to choose from and I have not disliked any of these. POM is a bit pricey for a starving artist like myself, at almost 3 bucks per bottle, Hansen's natural around 2 bucks (but you must by them in four packs). There are also a few other versions on the market that taste amazing and give you a little caffiene. If you had the time making your own tea juice is a brilliant conclusion. My recipe includes: black tea/ green tea/ 100% pomegranate juice/ freshly squeezed lemon juice (the only problem with my recipe, is that its hard to make enough at a time).
3. Carbonated juice
The best carbonated juice I have ever found is The Switch, which comes in numerous really impressive flavors like Black Cherry, Orange Tangerine,kiwi Berry, Watermelon Strawberry, and also: Apricot Peach, Grape, and Fruit Punch (all of which i have yet to find). Each flavor i have tried I have been amazed with how much it tastes like soda. I am completely fooled and enjoy each drop. Another plus for me, is that the aftertaste is a little too sweet, which keeps me from drinking tons of them each day. Oddly enough the switch is priced differently depending on where you find it. Target sells it for almost half of what groceries stores charge at $5 per four pack.
4. China Cola
All natural cola. I about did a flip when I saw this on the shelf. A cola that was good for me. I read the ingredients and pumped my fist. After tasting the product I was smiling, not only is it natural it tastes a lot like RC cola. This is going to be my special treat at the store. It fills the crave for that cola taste and gets rid of all that useless guilt that I used to have looming over me. China Cola is a great product to ween yourself away from the evil colas, Coke and Pepsi.
5. All Natural Root Beer
I never was a huge fan of root beer when I could have Coke or Pepsi. My intake of and addiction to those popular high frustose injected pops soon frightened me, and when I heard that there were all natural, health food type, root beers I told myself "I need to find a good natural root beer!". That search still continues with my ongoing all natural root beer reviews that I publish right here on Zombie Robot Frosting. And yes, that is a picture of a root beer party keg we purchased for a party ($19.99).
5 tips to quit drinking soda forever is my most popular blog on Zombie Robot Frosting. It has been a personal mission of mine to stay away from bad foods. Fountain drinks were my biggest vice and my biggest addiction. If I can give up the killer soda then so can you! Good luck!