Commercial drinks have sugar and calories in it. Juices, lattes, shakes are all filled with sugar. These sugar-derived drink product sneakily makes you gain weight. The market took this opportunity to promote drink products with terms like “low-carb,” “low-sugar,” “natural,” and so on and so forth. Consumers are confused whether these drinks are keto-friendly or just another fraud drink that might ruin your keto diet. This being said, this article might help you with what to drink and not what to drink so your keto diet with push through, unhindered.
What Keto-Friendly Drinks is Good For Your Diet?
Try to choose beverages that are zero-calorie drinks. Drinks like water, coffee, tea, and sparkling water are also good for you.
Water is the safest drink you can have while on Keto. It is considered a universal solvent and has the most balanced PH level. All those factors make it the safest liquid to drink regardless of the diet you are in. If you do not like plain water, you can infuse your water bottle with herbs, lemon slices, and so on and so forth.
Water is the holy grail of keto dieters. On the first phase of the carbohydrate restriction, the body is deprived of water and minerals in an accelerated manner. When the body achieves ketosis, even more, water and minerals are eliminated.
To augment water loss during this ketosis stage, you should try to take more water to hydrate and minerals. If you do not like plain water, you can infuse your water bottle with herbs, lemon slices, and so on and so forth.
Try this sample fruity water infusion:
Add Frozen Fruit to your Water Bottle
You can add berries like elderberry, strawberry, grapefruit and so on and so forth. You are hitting two birds with one stone in this manner. The extracted substances from the fruits you infused give you the minerals in a regulated manner. This is a fun and better way of exhausting minerals from the fruits that you want to infuse.
Make Mint Ice Cubes
Put your favorite herb or tea leaf in your ice cube maker. When frozen, the herbs will be preserved and the mineral and nutrients within. You may try any kinds of herbs but the best herb to make into one is mint.
What To Do:
Roughly chop fresh mint leaves. Sprinkle these herbs into each cube tray. Put in the freezer and come back for it after one day. Take out the cubes out of the tray. Put the cubes in your water bottle or jug. You may add cucumber and other fruity berries in your drink (strawberry, elderberry, blueberry, and so on and so forth).
Add Citrus to Your Drink
Take your water drink into the next level by using lemon, grapefruit, lime, and orange. Try to procure organic versions of these fruits in your farmer’s market. The best time to infuse these fruits is every morning. Be mindful of your carb intake, measure the carbs of the chosen fruit in your infused drink.
2. Sparkling Water
Sparkling water is good for you because beverages like these almost always have zero calories. You can either drink in plainly or you can choose sparkling water with fruity flavors in it.
Coffee and Tea
Coffee is generally keto-friendly as long as it does not employ sugar or too much milk. Tea is also good as generally, it is an herbal extract from tea leaves. Try to stay out of fancy mixtures like milk tea or tea lattes for your drink to be keto friendly.
3. Diet Soda
Sodas are okay as long as it is rid of sugar and calories.
4. Juice Alternatives
There juice alternatives with little sugar on it like Vitamin Water or Powerade Zero. These are low calorie and zero calorie drinks that hydrates and give you a little extra sugar. Try to read the labels in these juice alternative packages so you would know the number of calories you are getting from sugar.
5. Low-Carb Dairy Products
Milk is fine to take as long as it is still within your carb intake. If you can’t resist it and you need a little more dairy product, you can have its alternative like heavy cream, unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk instead.
6. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are mostly full of sugar. Some energy drinks are energy giving perse’ because of their high sugar level. It is quite rare to find an energy drink that does not use sugar to boost your energy. But believe it or not, there are energy products in the market that do not use such. These are low-carb and zero-carb energy drinks. However, even if it says low-carb, you still have to see the number of carb calories on the drink. It might go beyond your normal carb calorie intake.
7. Keto Smoothies
Fruits usually are high in carbs but there are low-carb fruits that you can try to make into a smoothie. Examples of low-carb fruits that can be turned into keto friendly smoothies are berries and spinach, natural flavorings, low-carb nut milk, and fat from avocados, egg yolks, MCT oil, and/or high-fat yogurt.
8. Keto-Friendly Alcohol
Hard liquor, light beer, and unsweetened wines are alcoholic beverages that you can enjoy while on a Keto diet. Alcohol is bad for the liver if consumed heavily and frequently. Try to stay away from it as long as you can or simply drink in moderation.
Here is a list of specific drinks that are keto friendly:
- Water Enhancers
- Sparkling Water
- Diet Soda
- Juice Alternatives
- Low-carb Dairy products
- Energy Drinks
- Low-carb Smoothies
- Drinks to Consume in Moderation
- Drinks to Avoid
- Alcoholic Drinks
Try to veer away from drinks that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. They might ruin your diet. Consult your dietitian about the drinks that you can and can not drink. Listen to your body too and try to read carefully the calories in each drink’s packages. Lastly, be consistent in your keto diet plan.