Unfortunately, there are a lot of drinks, like sodas and fancy coffees, that are packed with calories and carbohydrates. Giving up these caloric beverages isn’t easy, and sometimes it’s frustrating feeling like you can only drink water or tea. We’ve noticed several of our community members asking for beverage options that are delicious but aren’t packed with hidden calories or fat, so we asked our experts Kelly and Meryl to share some advice for the following question:
Since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I’m finding it hard to stick with drinking just water and a cup of tea during the day. Are there other things I can drink that have more taste but are still healthy?
Response from Kelly
There are many ways to elevate water and tea to make them more flavorful and fun. Try infusing water with fresh flavors. Simply add sliced cucumber and mint leaves to a pitcher of water in the fridge. Or try a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange with some basil. Get creative with different flavor blends keeping in mind that fruits will add some carbs to your beverage. Sparkling water is another great option especially if you’re looking for something with fizz. Don’t forget about the wide variety of tea flavors as well. There’s more than just herbal, green and black tea. Try a new herbal blend, fruit flavored tea, herbal chai or even chocolate flavored tea. They taste great plain, and you can enjoy them hot or cold! Before you start drinking tasty tea all day long, do keep in mind that some flavored tea blends may contain caffeine, which in excess, can disrupt a good night’s sleep.
Response from Meryl
Great question. Plain water can get boring! Here are a few suggestions: -add fresh lemon or lime to water -try sparkling water -add lemon or lime to sparkling water -add mint leaves to water; -brew decaf tea and then chill in the fridge. Adjusting to a new diagnosis, especially diabetes, can feel overwhelming. We are here to help!
What about you? What’s your favorite beverage? What do you do to make sure you stay hydrated but don’t consume extra calories? Please share with us in the comments!