Have you ever read how much sugar actually goes into the juice we buy everyday? Take your average carton of OJ. Looks pretty great, right? In actuality one cup of this juice has 23 grams of sugar! Holy moly that’s a lot of the white devil. And the worst part is that we often give it our kids thinking that we’re doing something good. I know I’m guilty of it!
Water is of course ideal when it comes to hydration. It is really the only thing we need to keep our bodies running in tip-top shape. Sometimes it’s nice to throw a little bit of flavour in there though, just to keep things interesting! So what are some alternatives to juice that will keep the sugar content down but our taste buds happy? Well, you can always go with the stand-by: squeezing in some fresh lemon or lime. If you want to get fancy, you can try adding some orange or cucumber slices to your next pitcher of water. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the taste. Ultimately you could add whatever fruit you want your H2O and come up with something fabulous, but let me share with you my trick for making an awesome sugar-free yet tasty juice alternative.
Herbal tea! Woot woot!
Just chill whatever delicious caffeine free tea you have, throw it in a pitcher in the fridge and you’re all set! Besides being delicious, herbal teas also offer a variety of health benefits: they are known to be calming, can help ease an upset stomach and they offer all of the goodness of the plant they come from -in an easily digested form.
I’m personally a fan of the berry and citrus teas but don’t hesitate to try whatever you’ve got in your cupboard. I also like to mix a few different bags together to make a sort of “fruit punch” of tea. Just make sure you’re choosing a caffeine-free tea if you are sharing it with your little ones. Green tea as well as a few others have caffeine in them so be sure to read the label before brewing. And sometimes I add a touch of honey for a hint of sweetness.
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Make sure to let your tea steep for 10-15 minutes before removing the bags. This way you can be sure you’re getting all of the wonderful benefits and nutrients that are packed away in those tiny bags. Good things take time so be patient. Chilled herbal tea can also be made with loose leaf tea if you have a tea strainer or an infuser.
For these pictures I used pomegranate tea and some ice cubes that I had frozen with the zest of a lemon inside for an added treat.
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