Sugar Free Tips
The 10 Best Ideas For Sugar Free Beverages for Weight
Loss And Diabetics
Ten Best Tips For Low-Sugar Drinks
Plain water is the best calorie-free beverage—and when it comes from
the tap, it costs a fraction of a penny per glass. But for some
people, plain old water may be just too plain. Here are some ideas
for low and no-sugar beverages that you can prepare at home:
1. Flavored Water
2. Infused Water
3. Carbonated Waters with natural flavor drops (Spa Waters)
6. Fresh Fruit Smoothies
7. Natural Flavored Iced Coolers
8. Skim Milk
9. Low Sodium Stocks/Broth
10. Low Calorie Diet Shakes
Flavored water is
becoming a a popular low sugar beverage for diabetics and consumers
looking to lose weight. Always reach for low calorie, low carb
flavored waters. There is a wide selection of flavoring
concentrates or additives to blend perfect flavored water every
time. Flavored water is know as the perfect diet drink,
and theperfect thirst quencher with smart health conscious
2. Infused water (spa water)
You can find fancy flavored waters in the grocery store, including
some that are free of sugar or artificial
sweeteners. Spas also
serve water that has been flavored with herbs, fruits, even
vegetables. But you can easily make your own naturally-infused spa
water at home. Try adding any of the following to a cold glass or
pitcher of water:
• Sliced citrus fruits or zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit)
• Crushed fresh mint or other herbs
• Peeled, sliced fresh ginger or sliced cucumber
3. Carbonated Water When it comes to
carbonated water, the fizzle can make water even easier to drink.
Though some people think carbonation can help alleviate upset
stomach and constipation, carbonated water isn’t necessarily any
better or worse for you, nutritionally, than plain old tap water. It
depends on the brand of carbonated waters in question.
“The perfect water would be rich in magnesium and calcium and low in
sodium chloride,” says Roberta Anding, director of sports nutrition
at the Texas Medical Center, and a dietitian for the Houston Texans
football team. According to a study in the American Journal of
Medicine, that means more than 48 milligrams of magnesium and 85
milligrams of calcium per liter, and fewer than 195 milligrams of
sodium per liter. Just because water has bubbles, either because
they’ve been forced in by the manufacturer or because they occurred
naturally from a spring, doesn’t mean it also contains more or less
of certain minerals than still water
Black or green, caffeinated or decaf, leaf or herbal, hot or cold,
tea is an excellent choice for a calorie free beverage. Adding a
teaspoon of sugar or honey only adds about 15 calories to the cup.
Some teas taste sweet to the palate even without adding any sugar:
Try Japanese roasted barley tea (Mugi Cha), fruit-flavored herbal
teas (mango, blueberry), or teas that feature cinnamon, vanilla, or
other "sweet" spices. Black and green teas are also rich in
antioxidants, flavonoids, and other biologically active substances
that may be good for health.
Coffee is calorie free, as long as you don't load it up with cream
and sugar. Take a pass on the
confections that are topped with whipped cream and drizzled with
sugar syrup, since those can have upwards of 300 to 400 calories per
extra-large cup. If you want to add one teaspoon of sugar to a plain
cup of coffee, that's no problem.
5. Sparkling water
with a splash of juice
Sparkling juices that are sold ready-made are often heavy on the
juice, and may have almost as many calories as sugary soda pop.
Instead, make your own sparkling juice at home with 12 ounces of
sparkling water and just an ounce or two of juice. For a flavor
twist, add sliced citrus or fresh herbs.
6. Fresh fruit coolers
Store-bought or cafe smoothies are marketed as "health" foods, but
they are often loaded with sugar and high in calories—some have
upwards of 300 calories in a 12 ounce serving.
making a refreshing fresh fruit cooler instead. There's no added
sugar, and just a small amount of fruit, so this drink is only about
18 calories for each 12-ounce glass.
• 1/2 cup
• 3/4 cup of sugar-free sparkling water
• 1/3 cup of melon or berries
• Chopped mint leaves or citrus slices (optional)
7. Fruit Smoothies
Place ice, sparkling water, and fruit in a blender. Blend until
slushy, pour into a glass and garnish with mint or citrus slices.
plenty of pre-mixed diet shakes on the market.
are particularly useful for jump starting weight diet
program. Many health experts recommend limiting weight
loss to no more than about 2 pounds per week. Many people
drink shakes for the bulk of their meals for for a few
months to jump start a diet program, then to maintain their
weight loss, they will substitute a meal replacement shake
for one meal on most days..
Making Good Diet Shakes
Use skim milk
- or a milk that contains about 80 calories per cup. In
addition, be sure that you are using only 1 cup (8 ounces)
per shake because calories do add up.
Feel free to
add no-calorie sweetener, such as stevia (use a natural
sweetener) if more sweetness is desired. Simply toss
all the ingredients into a blender and blend until thick and
smooth - about 30 seconds or less. Add a bit of crushed ice
to the mix if you desire a thicker, colder shake.
9. Low-sodium broth or miso
There's no rule that says we must satisfy our thirst with something
sweet. Low-sodium broth
can give your body the fluid it needs, and
can be a savory and satisfying alternative to a sweet drink. The
healthiest choice: Look for a broth that has less than 200
milligrams of sodium per serving. Miso, the Japanese fermented
soybean paste, can be quite salty, so look for lower-sodium
varieties and use it sparingly.
10. Skim Milk
Drinking skim milk can help cure your hunger.” According to a recent
study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who
drank about two servings of skimmed milk in the AM claimed they felt
full throughout the day and consumed about 10% less at lunch time
than those who had a fruit juice. This is a great product to
get vitamin D, and at the same time, milk is diet friendly.