So much conversation around beverages is about avoiding the bad stuff, like soda, sports drinks, icy coffee drinks loaded with sugar, and tons of booze. For a long time, I mostly just drank water to be on the safe side. Don’t get me wrong, drinking plenty of water has its benefits, but, considering that we do need a lot of fluids each day—exactly how much depends on your age, weight, activity level, and other factors—don’t you think that we could pack some more nutrients into each sip than what H2O has to offer?
Drinking nutrients is such a nice and easy way to get them in your system, too, especially when you’re in a hurry, or if you don’t necessarily like the foods that offer those same nutrients. Sometimes chewing just gets repetitive and can be so time-consuming. It’s not exactly convenient to bring a kale salad in the car, right? Or to eat a fruit salad while you’re walking. Beverages offer a nice, compact, efficient way to deliver nutrients to your body. Toss them in your favorite thermos and you can bring a nutrient-packed treat wherever you go.
The beverage market is blowing up right now, too, so it’s a great time to familiarize yourself with some of the options out there. Have you noticed how grocery and health food stores just keep adding rows and rows of shelves to contain all of the new beverages popping up? They can hardly keep up with the new additions! I know it can be a bit overwhelming though. There’s chia seed, almond milk, elixir, super blend, this and that. So many choices. What even is an elixir? Which of these beverages are worth trying? We’ll break it down a bit here. Here are 15 beverages you should always have in your fridge.
Chia seed drinks
If you’ve noticed drinks showing up with tiny, gelatinous beads, those are likely chia drinks, and you should come around to them. A chia beverage is like a snack and drink in one, and you’ll often find these little seeds in dense juice beverages. Chia offers omega three fatty acids and fiber—two nutrients you don’t often find in liquid form—so it can be nice and filling if you need a pick-me-up.
Rose water beverages
You may have seen this pretty little pink drink appearing on store shelves. Perhaps you’re most used to it in its topical form for skin uses, but it’s also ingestible, and should certainly be added to your shopping list. Though research on it is not entirely firm, it may fight inflammation, hydrate the skin from the inside, aid with digestive issues, and even potentially elevate moods.
Sparkling coconut water
You probably already know all about the benefits of drinking coconut water, like the electrolytes, antioxidants, and deep hydrating powers. If you are getting burnt out on the regular stuff, it may be time to try some of the sparkling variety—and even some of the flavored varieties. It’s the perfect refreshing beverages that gives you that pop like soda, without all the sugar.
Pure watermelon juice—so no additives—is a wonderfully refreshing and hydrating drink. Watermelon is a nice low-sugar fruit, so its juice is, too. It can have anti-inflammatory benefits, may be good for your heart, has been show to reduce muscle soreness, and is certainly more convenient to drink than chunks of watermelon are to eat.
Real cranberry juice
Not the sugary stuff made from concentrate, but the real deal. Yes, it’s a bit bitter, but you can dilute it by adding water and a touch of sweetener. It may improve urinary tract health, reducing your chances of getting a terrible UTI, could improve post-menopausal health, and can improve digestive health. If you must have a cocktail, a vodka-cran may be the way to go.
Though celery juice may not be entirely appetizing, you can make it better with a little lemon juice, cucumber water, and a touch of agave. Celery juice helps our gut restore important acids that help us digest food in a timely manner. It’s also good for lowering blood pressure, fighting inflammation, and improving cholesterol numbers.
If you’re not into the sweet stuff, tomato juice is a good way to go. It’s a great detoxer, so have it after a weekend of drinking. It also has heart healthy benefits, may help prevent blood clotting, and can improve eye health. So now you can feel a little less bad about your bloody mary Sundays—though you may truly hair of the dog it by drinking tomato juice the next day, to recover.
Kombucha has been around for a while now, but it was quite expensive at first. Now, there isn’t just one brand with a monopoly on the product, and you can find more affordable options. Drinking a kombucha is like sending healthy bacteria on a fast track to your gut. If you don’t like pickled foods or can’t digest yogurt, kombucha is a tasty, hydrating way to rebalance your tummy.
You may want to wear a bib when drinking this stuff, as it can stain, but it’s all worth it. Beet juice may help fight anemia and increase stamina, while providing some liver-cleansing benefits and even boosting circulation. It may improve skin health, too, if you’re looking for a beautifying beverage.
Ginger tea, ginger kombucha—however you get your ginger, do it. Ginger can relieve nausea, improve digestion, fight inflammation, and even ease cold and flu symptoms. If you drink ginger kombucha, you get the double benefits from the good gut bacteria, too. But ginger tea is a great choice as well, as tea contains healthy flavonoids.
Pomegranate juice is powerful stuff, and you may receive some of its benefits just by drinking a glass a day for a couple of weeks. Its loaded with antioxidants, may improve blood pressure, and fights inflammation. Like with cranberry juice, you want to go with the pure stuff that just has pomegranate juice as the ingredient, and nothing else.
Apple cider vinegar drinks
There are many bottled beverages now that boast apple cider vinegar, and for good reason. It can kill off harmful bacteria, so it’s a good idea to consume stuff if you’re traveling in a region where you can’t verify certain food hygiene standards. It may also lower blood sugar levels, and in some cases can suppress appetite, helping in a weight loss battle.
Another rich red drink makes it on our list. This pretty tea may help improve liver health, as well as reduce blood fat levels, and aid in weight loss. If you’re worried about consuming too much caffeine, the good news is that this is a caffeine-free tea, so feel free to have as many cups as you desire. It’s also quite naturally sweet, so you may not need to add any honey.