In my last article, we talked about Good Office snacks that can help boost your energy at work. We will now delve into some good office drinks that will keep you hydrated and energized.
The Silent Killer – Soft Drinks
Statistics have shown that the average American consumes about 45-56 gallons or 500+ cans of soda per year! This is just average, some people exceed that number.
I knew of someone who did not drink water and instead opted for soda and other soft drinks. He was aspiring to be a doctor, therefore, he knew the risks and told me just as much when I asked him about it. His defense was, “We all die anyway. I might as well eat and drink the foods and drinks I enjoy”.
I’ll let his words simmer for a few seconds. ‘Done In by Soda Beverages’, what a headline for the story of his life.
There are far more superior alternatives that offers you rich, scrumptious drinks made from organic fruits and vegetables delivering ample supplies of nutrients to get your body working optimally.
I don’t know about you, but I fully intend to live as long as I can. I want to truly enjoy the wonders of this world for many years to come and all in good health.
When you consume a ridiculous amount of soda or soft drinks, think about the amount of processed sugar and other chemicals you are absorbing which affects insulin levels and causes obesity, diabetes, and other health issues.
You are also not getting any nutrients from its consumption. Instead, you are dehydrating the body due to the heavy amount of sugar and caffeine.
To put it in simpler terms, every time you raise a can of soda or unhealthy beverage to your lips and drink, your life is being threatened. I hope that scared you.
I know it is hard to resist these beverages especially since we do not always feel the negative effects immediately. But your body is feeling them and is warning you to pay attention. Dehydration, easily fall prey to common sickness such as cold etc, headaches/migraines, chronic cravings, lack of focus, obesity, constipation – the signs are there.
But you can do something about it! I can think of no better time to start but now.
Alright, enough of my ramblings. Let’s go over some delicious alternatives packed with health benefits to help boost energy levels that works great for office and home.
Here are my 10 best healthy drinks recommendation :
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Why the heck did coffee make the list? Isn’t it bad for your health?
I implore you to hear me through!
Coffee (I mean good, raw coffee filtered with a cloth sieve and not paper) is not the devil they make it out to be. It is actually good for your health. It aids in lowering liver cancer and other diseases.
You read right!
However, before you go and drink up a storm, do exercise some control. Over-consumption is behind coffee’s bad rep. Apparently, the reliance on coffee can be so overwhelming that one tends to drink more than necessary. You have to do drink coffee moderately or it’s no bueno.
It is recommended to drink no more than 3 cups (8 oz each ) per day. Therefore, resist from refills and take a break when you feel tired or drink water.
So here’s to a good cup of piping hot coffee – all in moderation, of course!
2. Coconut Water
Coconut water is great for hydrating the body so that the body can continue to function. It is low in carbs, high in protein, fiber, vitamin-c. It is a light beverage stacked with good sources of nutrients. Need I say more?
You can go to your local market and purchase coconuts and extract the water from it yourself or you can opt for organically made coconut water brands. Just watch out for the labels and avoid the ones with added sugar, etc.
3. Fruit Juice
We have already mentioned in Good Office snacks – Energy Boosters on how fruits are great for the body as they are loaded with nutrients. Juicing them is even better as you get easier access to the nutrients. And they make for great beverages without the need for added sugars.
You can use papaya, cranberry, passion fruit, orange, grapefruit, etc. Dice em up and into the juicer they go! Explore different flavors by using different fruits or mix and match. Unleash your creative side and have fun with it. They are great energy boosters and quite delicious, too!
One thing to note: due to the high carb and sugar intake prone to fruits, moderation is key!
4. Beet Juice
Ah, beet juice. One of my favs- if done right! I usually mix one beet with 1 carrot juice or I add coconut and milk and juice them all up! I then pour it through a sieve to remove the pulp, add a few cubes of ice, and down it goes. Simply delicious and leaves you satisfied!
Beet has a ton of health benefits. It is good for the heart, skin, liver, and more! A true super drink to power you up through the day
Note: If you add milk, be sure to store it in a tight container and store it in a fridge
5. Lime/Lemon Juice
While it is also a fruit, I felt it needed special mention as a good drink.
Most people usually recommend lemon, but I prefer lime juice as I noticed that it tends to work better at keeping sickness at bay- such as colds and sore throats. You would squeeze one lime fruit into a cold cup of water and add about 2 teaspoons of brown sugar or substitute honey for a more enjoyable experience as lime can be bitter. You can add a few cubes of ice and store it in a tight container to keep the lime juice fresh. Very easy to make whenever you need a booster
6. Lime/Lemon Water
Lime/Lemon water is a great way to hydrate your body and improve indigestion. It is best to use warm water to boost its benefits but works great cold as well.
7. Homemade Electrolyte Beverage
I came across this energy booster and had to add it to the list. Basically, you mix lemon or lime juice or both, honey, Himalayan salt(has 85 trace minerals), and coconut water to make your own electrolyte instead of purchasing Gatorade, etc. By making it yourself, you know exactly what you are consuming and getting firsthand benefits.
Teas! They come in all shapes and sizes and are great energy boosters. Teas are awesome and rightfully so. They are essentially water mixed with herbs and we all know herbs are plant-based and are usually packed with nutrients.
My favorite teas are lemongrass, green tea, rosemary, and marigold. But you can use any tea leaves you like, really.
Food for Thought: Inhaling the scent of rosemary alone provokes the senses(in a good way), and is really good for the brain. It improves memory, strengthens focus, relieves stress and mood, and many more!
9. Kombucha & Water Kefir
An interesting find are Kombucha and Water Kefir; probiotics that can be used to make healthy drinks.
Kombucha Tea can be fermented using great tea or black tea and sugar(sugar cane, fruit, honey). After fermentation, it becomes loaded with vitamins, enzymes, etc.
Water kefir is made with kefir grains loaded with valuable enzymes, easily digestible sugars, beneficial acids, vitamins, and minerals. It can also be used to make homemade sodas.
These are a few of the best healthy drinks that you can easily store and take to work with you. And if you work from home, you can easily whip them up for a quick boost of energy.
Stop wasting your hard-earned dollars on soft drinks that are doing nothing for you nutritionally and fight this battle with me in improving your health.
Let’s eat and drink smarter. But remember, the most important ingredient is plain old water. Any chance you get to drink more fluid is a good thing! After all, we are 60% water. Hydrate away, my friends!
What is your favorite drink? Drop a comment and share it.
Stay energized and healthy!