soda, club soda

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With the average American drinking about 45 gallons of sugary soda a year it’s no secret that cutting soft drinks from your diet can have a huge affect your your overall health. In, fact the folks over at kickthecan lay out the facts for you and they’re not pretty. A 20-ounce soda has 16 teaspoons of sugar which adds up to 39 pounds of sugar a year!

Since soft drinks don’t satisfy hunger those calories only add to our daily intake,this is better known as “empty calories”. Women’s Health cites a study here from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that says an average of 400 calories a day come from soft drinks alone. That’s 37% of our daily liquid calories. Not so great if you’re looking to slim down.

I know that cutting soft drinks from your life can be tough, I’ve done it. That refreshing, fizzy sound as you pop the top off your favorite beverage alone can get your mouth watering, not to mention the sensation of a thousand little bubbles sliding down your throat. However, the undeniably sad fact is that daily soda intake (diet soda included) is bad for you.

In search of an acceptable substitute I’ve found that club soda can be just as satisfying and unlike soft drinks, club soda actually hydrates. I know that some think it just isn’t the same but hear me out.

Club soda has no calories, sugar or fat but has that same gloriously fizzy feeling. Plus, there’s so many things you can do to add flavor.

Here are just a few ideas of what you can add to your club soda for a tasty, healthy alternative to soft drinks:

– Cucumber

– Lemon

– LIme

– Strawberry

– Pineapple

– Blueberry

– Blackberry

– Mango

– Kiwi

– Vanilla

– Mint

– Basil

– Sage

– Lavender

– Ginger

Mix and match the fruits and herbs for a variety of interesting flavors.

It’s important to note that many juices are also heavy in sugar but mixing some with club soda dramatically reduces calories while still acting as a tasty and satisfying treat. For example, mix equal parts cranberry juice and club soda, squeeze in a little lemon and add a sprig of mint for a refreshing treat that’s just as good, if not better, than a can a soda.

If you just can’t jump on the club soda bandwagon try drinking more unsweetened tea or coffee in place of soft drinks. Whatever you choose to do, by cutting out those sugary drinks you’ll see a dramatic difference in your health and waistline. Not a bad trade-off if you ask me.

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