someting new to drink

By msann Latest Reply 2012-11-26 07:48:05 -0600
Started 2010-11-29 14:51:38 -0600

hi, what do you all drink besides water and green tea, i dont like diet sodas, any suggestions would be very helpful, thanks

67 replies

mystikfairy61 2012-08-14 02:36:26 -0500 Report

I use Mio in my water, they have quite a few flavors and are really good. Also I am not a fan of diet sodas but I tried Pepsi Next, which doesn't have the problem with diet soda taste because it is just reduced sugar, 10 grams of carbs for 12 oz can and 60 calories. Not bad for when I want a soda.

quiltersis1 2012-08-12 09:51:10 -0500 Report

Always loved earl grey tea, hot, sweetner of choice and this summer when I had leftover of morning hot tea in the pot pour over ice cubes dilute to 1/2 strength.. The bergemont floral flavor really refreshes. leaves the mouth feeling moister than regular pekoe ice tea.

margokittycat 2012-08-11 20:59:47 -0500 Report

There are so many I like to drink. I like decaffinated tea, I brew over Ice with my kurig but you can make it like sun tea too, Strawberry Kiwi Crystal light pakets, Appeltini Crystal light, I like a Wylers brand Straberry peach packet mix as well. SF Iced Decaffinated Skinny Carmel Mocha or Rasberry Coffee. I also like water with fresh lemon squeeded in it.

cindygal1 2012-08-11 13:48:14 -0500 Report

We drinkl flavored water that has it is sparlkng water we buy kiwi strawberry and key lime and mix them half and half, no calories, no sugar, we keep this on hand all of the time, because both of us are diabetics, that is all that we drink, sometime we freeze them until they are like a slurppy, they taste great. Especially in the summer time.

melaniebecerra 2011-05-17 13:02:56 -0500 Report

If you like lemonade you could make your own with fresh lemons and whatever sweetneer you prefer

cary828 2011-03-15 00:17:13 -0500 Report

I drink a concoction I keep in my fridge, 40% sugar free crystal light mixed in filtered water, one package of 1000 mg vitamin C, 5% prune Juice, 5% peach-apple juice, and 50% tonic water which I add for the quinine which helps to alleviate cramps in my legs and feet. I mix two qt bottles and keep them in the fridge to replentish my sipping glass all day and night

CoRinaB 2011-03-14 14:27:05 -0500 Report

I drink Crystal Light or the store equivalent when I get tired of water. I also like the Powerade Zero drinks and iced tea with sweetener and lemon.

AuntieBear 2011-03-14 04:06:52 -0500 Report

I drink V-8 juice. I love the spicy hot version. I am not sure waht the V-8 Fusions drinks do in the way of blood glucose, but the V-8 has not had a large impact on my bgs and has a tendency to help curb my munchie cravings.

Kathy Cook
Kathy Cook 2010-12-11 18:33:14 -0600 Report

I drink Kool-Aid with Splenda instead of sugar. I can't tell the difference between it & sugar. I also use Splenda on cereal.

Lady_Phoenix 2010-12-08 13:28:47 -0600 Report

I drink green tea, water, and protein shakes after I work out. Last week it was bitterly cold and I came in from the gym, made my shake with hot milk and it was delicious! You need to check the labels on protein supplements as some of them are very high in carbs.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-14 09:45:30 -0500 Report

Just curious as to what the protein shake does to your sugar. And how do you make them? I hear a lot more people are drinking these now-a-days. Thanks!

GabbyPA 2011-03-14 11:13:08 -0500 Report

Protein shakes are pretty good for the sugars unless you add a lot of other things to it. I use it with my smoothies and use strawberries, coconut water and greens in mine. Compare your powder and find one with less sugar and the most protein you can get (unless you are having issues with your kidneys)

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squog master 2010-12-05 18:30:45 -0600 Report

Cyrstal Light is good. Walmart has it's own brand similar to CL & has different flavors & is cheaper. Sometimes I buy my favorite Kool-aid and mix it using spenda.

bizzach 2010-12-04 09:09:03 -0600 Report

If you dont like diet sodas you might not like this but the crystal light pour ins are pretty good too.

ConnieMarie 2010-12-03 18:41:03 -0600 Report

i have 2 qt pitcher with water that has a whole lemon, a half of a lime and a small orange in it…makes a refreshing drink when sick of regular water…

Sweet_Carol_126 2012-11-24 19:26:25 -0600 Report

Do you cut the fruit in half and squeeze it? Or do you slice the fruit and just put it in as it is when sliced?

ConnieMarie 2012-11-24 19:33:15 -0600 Report

I buy organic fruit, then slice it, fill with filtered watch, drop in ice & chill…the juice slowly leeches into the water…

klfrcmom 2010-12-03 13:43:05 -0600 Report

Chick Filet has an AWESOME splenda sweetened lemonade… but it's pricey.
I've started making it myself at home.

granniesophie 2010-12-03 14:24:17 -0600 Report

I love that stuff! How do you make it at home?

GabbyPA 2010-12-07 08:15:03 -0600 Report

2 quarts water, 1 Cup lemon juice or lime juice and 1 Cup sweetener. You might want to start with 1/2 cup sweetener depending on what you are using then sweeten to taste.

Sweet_Carol_126 2012-11-24 19:28:19 -0600 Report

Have you seen the Real Lemon and Real Lime and think they have a Real Raspberry too. It is powdered and can be used to make pies or put in drinks.

Anonymous 2010-12-03 09:44:09 -0600 Report

Ocean Spray has come out with a DIET variety, while somewhat limited, there are at least 4 varieties. The DIET has only 2 carbs per serving! The LIGHT has 9 to 12 depending on the flavor. I am hoping that Ocean Spray comes out with even more DIET flavors. I also drink decaf tea and natural teas (I also have heart disease and cannot have any caffeine).

Dev 2010-12-01 21:12:19 -0600 Report

1. Rooibos or redbush tea. My south african friends hooked me on to this. good for people who cannot handle tea. It has no caffeine. You can make it just like black tea. drink plain like that or add lemon and honey (or not), or add milk. It is light flavored, not bitter like tea so I drink it plain. here is wikipedia link about it.
It is supposed to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems. For me it just calms me down when I am very stressed. You can get it in any shop that has variety of herbal teas.

2. butter milk (not lassi). Just like yogurt it is good for digestive health. replenishes the healthy bacteria in the stomach. the carb protein ratio is good and very less fat and good for calcium too.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 169 kJ (40 kcal)
Carbohydrates 4.8 g
Fat 0.9 g
Protein 3.3 g
Calcium 116 mg (12%)

You can add little salt to taste and if you have a pinch of cummin powder. It is very refreshing and satiating. We also sometimes add crushed green chillies and cilantro. You can buy buttermilk in stores. It is generally in the section where you will have milk, rice milk, lactaid and such products. If you can't get it then you can make it with plain yogurt. Add some water to the yogurt and blend it.

eltorito 2010-12-01 21:03:31 -0600 Report

sometimes i try the perriel (mineral water) and put lemon and splenda (sugar)
it's kinda like a 7 up but home made ;)

gatp 2010-12-01 11:00:32 -0600 Report

I have high blood pressure and read that 5 cups of cocoa a day is drunk by some tribe who do not have diabetes or high B.P. Of course, I don't fill it with milk. I use a tablespoon of cocoa to a cup of water and add Stevia drops. I also do drink brown tea when I go out but am trying to stop as it keeps me awake. Tea has many attributes however and if it is decaf it doesn't bother my sleep. I am doing a high anti-oxidant diet now and staying away from fast carbs and pay attention to the glycemic index. I have been using SENSA and it has given me a handle on how much I need to eat. I will try to keep my portions the same after I go off the SENSA. I do not use sugarless foods and candy as they make me sick. My A1C is 5.7, Cholesterol 170, LDL109, HDL61. I did have my bad cholesterol down to 92 but not sure what happened. Maybe this is not a significant change. I have to keep my INR at 2-3. I got a stent in March. I don't think it really did anything one way or the other. I would say it was an uneeded surgery. And the problem is now, I have to take three blood thinners and was admitted to the hospital with a bad nosebleed. Soooo it goes…

Dev 2010-12-01 21:14:34 -0600 Report

wow, did not know that. I drink cocoa with fat free milk every morning. plain cocoa no sugar. I feel like a kid but if I drink it in the morning, for some reason my energy levels are better throughout the day, so I drink it anyways.

GabbyPA 2010-12-01 20:27:40 -0600 Report

This is very interesting. There is another member here who drinks chocolate water and he loves it. He also has great A1c, so maybe there is something to that. I might have to make cocoa almond milk. He taught me to make almond milk, and I love it.

Pellet 2010-11-29 23:13:55 -0600 Report

I personally like Ocean Spray Cranapple or grape. I have only found diet Crangrape but will indulge in a taste of the other flavors in the light or regular. The regular has I think, 12 g carbs I think but I drink sensibly and 1 glass of any of it fits my diet plan. I also like ice water with a slice of lemon or any of the Crystal light drink mixes.

RAYT721 2010-11-29 18:40:51 -0600 Report

My usual beverage is just water but I also drink a beer or two, hot tea, iced tea, diet pop, regular pop, powdered drink mixes, coffee, hot chocolate, wine, and whatever else strikes me. I don't think there's a right or wrong answer as long as your tastebuds and meter agrees with your selections and I feel that's true with food as well as drink. Perhaps a new slogan, "Chug Healthy" should be coined. :)

GabbyPA 2010-11-29 18:09:41 -0600 Report

I don't drink anything with artificial sweeteners in it. One thing that I have found that is a nice change is coconut water. Not milk, but unsweetened water. It is refreshing and does take a little getting used to, but now I really like it. It is natures gatoraide and is low carb, no sodium and great for your body. So give it a try. I also use it in smoothies that I make for breakfast.

Also, a member here just taught me how to make my own almond milk. That is a nice treat as well. Plus when I make it I also get a by product of almond flour to try baking with.

Other than that, I drink water with a lime or lemon in it. Or decaffeinated tea, unsweetened. I am also trying new flavors of green tea for the winter when I can drink it hot.

Dev 2010-12-01 21:21:00 -0600 Report

Can you point to that recipe / procedure for making almond milk? I would like to try it if it is not too difficult.

for the green tea flavors, try spiced / Indian spiced / chai green tea :) complex aroma due to the spices and it is warming due to the specific selection of spices that goes in there. Perfect for winter. :)

any suggestions for flavors of green tea from your try outs?

GabbyPA 2010-12-02 06:09:41 -0600 Report

Almond milk is easy.
You need:
1/2 c raw almonds (organic if you can)
8 c purified water (divided)
Optional sweetener and flavoring of your choice.

First soak almonds in purified water. Let them soak for 6-8 hours (I let them soak overnight) Then drain the almonds and drop into your blender. Add 4 cups fresh purified water and blend for about 2-5 minutes. After that you can strain the milk with a small sieve or panty hose. Then I add a little agave nectar and about 1t of vanilla to it and keep it in a glass container in my frige. It keeps for about 3 days, but mine never hangs around long enough. The whole family seems to really like it as well.

Some people don't strain it and drink it with the pulp. I strain mine and then dehydrate the pulp and turn it into almond flour. I keep it in the freezer while I gather enough to bake with.

My favorite green tea so far has been a citrus blend. Any brand is fine. I like the citrus because it kind of wakes up the rather boring aspect of green tea.

Sweet_Carol_126 2012-11-24 19:42:38 -0600 Report

When you say you blend it, do you really just blend it or do you put it in a Vitamix or Blentec? More power and more like emulsification. Then squeeze it through a nut bag and squeeze. Great idea to dehydrate it for almond flour. Might be about like a protein powder since it has so much protein. I love mine raw and to just munch on them.

ThomasFS 2012-08-11 11:02:54 -0500 Report

I like the mint medley tea. For a gallon, I steep 14 bags for 7 minutes or more and add 6 packets of sweet and low.

Dev 2010-12-02 08:48:24 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby, I will try it next weekend.
one more questions. so do you remove the skin before blending? If you soak it for that long the skin comes out I have seen.

GabbyPA 2010-12-03 08:50:54 -0600 Report

Leave the brown skin on. Just soak them and it gets soft. The milk is really created by the water mixing with the white meat of the nut. You will get some pulp in the bottom of your container, so you have to shake it before you pour. I made a double batch yesterday and I almost have enough flour to try baking with it. New experiments for me....and the guinea pig family I love. LOL

GabbyPA 2011-05-20 15:38:56 -0500 Report

Yes, and no. It has no gluten, so it cannot be used in yeast breads unless you combine it with some wheat flour. I made my first almond flour bread the other day and it was a disaster! LOL....I need to find a different recipe.

kngkev 2010-11-29 15:21:39 -0600 Report

is drinking light lemonaide ok ? it says its sugar free its a ready made package thatas what i been drinking i hope thats ok

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Two painful feet 2010-11-29 15:18:26 -0600 Report

I drink herbal tea. They tast great with one packet of swetner. Good cold or hot. My favorite is bangle spice I feel such pleasure when I drink it.
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CaliKo 2010-11-29 15:15:06 -0600 Report

Well, those are probably the two best-for-you drinks. I also drink lots of coffee in the mornings, more decaf lately. I sometimes have a glass of wine with dinner. I don't drink soda unless I'm sick and can't keep food down. That's about it for me.

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