Try This, Not That: Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Drinks

As detailed in last week’s Wellness Blast (Not signed up? Use this link to join), this month I am making a conscious effort to simplify.

Life. Food. Wellness. Movement.

And it got me thinking — what are simple switches you can make that will make you feel better and be healthier?

Ideas started FLOODING and so begins a multiple-week series devoted to healthy, simple, and delicious swaps for your favorite foods. This week is all about beverages! Be advised snacks, breakfasts, and desserts will be coming soon.

Instead of a Vanilla Latte . . . Try a Matcha Latte

If you indulge in a vanilla latte, my guess is you are jonesing for an energy boost and sweet sensation. Coffee, while delicious, can actually leave you feeling more tired later in the day. And the energy you get from coffee is often frenetic and not the type you truly want.

The swap? A matcha tea latte. This antioxidant-packed treat is a Japanese staple. It gives you controlled energy, without the late in the day low.

Three ingredients added to a blender (or stirred vigorously) is all you need. My easy matcha tea latte includes:
8 ounces of nut milk (almond is my favorite for the recipe), steamed
1/2 tsp matcha powder
10 drops of liquid chocolate stevia

Instead of a Caramel Macchiato . . . Try Organic Coffee + Natural Creamer + Maple Syrup or Honey

See above re: caffeine and sugar.

Instead, try organic coffee with a natural creamer. For sweetness, try Grade B maple syrup or honey.


Instead of 7-Up . . . Try Lime La Croix

If you are a sucker for 7-Up and love the combination of carbonation and citrus, I have excellent news for you. Lime La Croix! This flavored carbonated water is free of sugar, preservatives, calories, and artificial sweeteners.

Whole Foods sells these by the can so you can test one out before committing to a whole case.


Instead of a Chai Tea Latte . . . Try a Turmeric Latte

In college, my go-to drink was a chai tea latte (served steaming hot in the winter and over ice in the summer). It wasn’t until much, much, much later I realized everything IN those chai tea lattes. A grande chai tea latte from your favorite coffee shop contains MORE sugar than a Snicker’s bar. Eek!

Now I have found an amazing, spicy, wellness-enhancing substitute for my beloved chai. Say hello to the turmeric latte.

This super simple latte can be made at home in minutes. Imagine warmed almond milk, mood-boosting spices, and raw honey blended together with a little froth on top. Perfection.

I love these so much, I can’t stand the thought of not sharing these with you. If you are a chai-lover, you won’t be disappointed.


Instead of Premade Margarita Mix . . . Try My Margarita Cocktail

Store-bought drink mixes are notorious for three things: 1) being full of calories,  2) being more unnatural than Joan Rivers’ face, and 3) tasting gross. If you’re going to enjoy a drink, I say make the best drink you can.

Make your own margaritas! Really, it is quite simple. Want some inspiration? Check out my margarita cocktail recipe.


Instead of Drinking Water from a Plastic Water Bottle . . . Try a Glass or Stainless Steel Water Bottle

We could really talk about this for hours. Bottom line: plastics contain harmful endocrine disruptors that you should avoid. This is not hippie voodoo. There is strong scientific evidence to support this.

Do yourself a favor and invest in a reusable water bottle made from glass or stainless steel. My favorite glass bottles are from bkr. And I was recently gifted a Hydroflask I adore.


Instead of Diet Coke . . . Try La Cola La Croix

A simple switch for Diet Coke also comes from our friends at La Croix (no, I am not paid by them). Try their La Croix La Cola. Free of calories, sweeteners, and sodium. It has natural cola flavoring, sans sugar and carcinogens.


Take the Simple Switch Challenge

Pick one of these switches and trial it this week. Give it three tries before you make a final decision. If your palate is used to a regular Coke, it may take a time or two to get used to the natural flavor of La Croix La Cola. And if your tastebuds are expecting a chai tea latte, you may need to try the turmeric latte recipe a handful of times until it pleases your palate. That is perfectly normal, and actually a good thing. We are resetting your palate to enjoy healthier options that leave you feeling (and looking) great.

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xoxo,

Skye