Even before diabetes, I was never one to drink soda or sugary drinks. I thought I was being healthy by drinking sugar-free drinks like Crystal Light and sugar-free iced tea. Which, now, in hindsight I realize is just as bad, if not worse for you than soda.
Now, living with diabetes the struggle is really real.
Drink a sugar-ladened soda and risk a major blood sugar spike or replace the sugar with chemicals and risk your health.
So, what’s a girl to do? In my opinion, being diabetic is not an excuse to put harmful chemicals in your body. And there is no reason why we need a ½ cup of sugar in our drinks either. So I went on a mission to find the most delicious low sugar drink ideas that the internet (and my recipe book) has to offer. Here are the winners!
Low Sugar Drinks Without Artificial Sweeteners
1. Tea (hot or iced)
My favorite right now is cinnamon apple tea (get it here) with mulling spices. I let 2 tea bags steep in 1 cup for 5-10 minutes then pour over ice. The flavor is so intense and sweet, there is no need for added sugar!
2. Sparkling water
This is my favorite brand because it contains real fruit and no “natural” flavors. They have a lemon flavor that bomb!
3. Water with Fruit (or cucumbers)
Lemon and cucumber are my all time favorites. The flavor of cucumber is so refreshing and doesn’t taste like you’re drinking watered down juice (which is so nasty ).
4. Water with Herbs
I know this sounds weird, but don’t knock it until you try it! I got the idea from helloglow.co (photo creds. too). Some of my favorites of hers are:
- Blueberry, Lemon, and Mint
- Citrus and Cilantro (if you don’t like cilantro, substitute basil or mint)
- Green Apple, Raspberry, and Rosemary
Try Them Out!
The great thing about these recipes is that you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry or fridge to make them. And they’re quick! The only downside is that you probably don’t want to keep them for more than a few days after they’re made. So if you’re looking for something to make ahead of time and grab quick, don’t make them more than a few days out.
Question of the Day
What are your favorite low sugar drinks?