|Passion fruit herbal tea bags steeped and chilled|
Reading food labels is one way to start monitoring your added sugar intake. Look at the ingredient list to ensure that sugar is not one of the first few (3-4) listed. Ingredients are listed on the package in descending order by weight, which means that the largest quantity appears first. Look at the sugary beverages that you currently drink and think about how you can swap them for something healthier. Instead of lemon-lime soda, try unsweetened seltzer water with freshly squeezed lemon. Instead of sweetened tea, try brewing your own herbal tea bags and serving over ice. Instead of sugary sports drinks with artificial ingredients, re-hydrate with whole fruits like watermelon or simply water. Also, try carrying around a reusable water bottle and refill it throughout the day to help boost your overall fluid intake. Flavor water up with lemon, lime, or orange wedges or try a fruit infused recipe below!
Fruit Infused Water Recipes (for 1 large pitcher)
-Strawberry Kiwi Cooler → 3 cups halved strawberries + 3 kiwis, sliced + 2 lemons sliced + Ice water
-Berry → 2 cups raspberries + 2 cups blackberries + Ice water
-Cucumber → 6 mint leaves + 2 cucumbers, sliced + 4 limes, sliced + Ice water
-Basil Berry → 2 cups strawberries, halved + ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
**Be sure to gently squish and muddle your ingredients to release the most flavor
Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite recipe or beverage is that is also low in added sugars!