I like original Coke. But the calories and amount of sugar added to it are just outrageous. A single 12 fl oz (355 ml) can of coke contains 140 calories and 39 grams of added sugar. Following are some healthier alternatives.
Costco Kirkland Organic Coconut Water
With only 2 grams of added sugar compared to 39 for Coca-cola, this is definitely a good alternative. At 45 calories for 240 ml (68 calories for 355 ml), it is 72 calories less than the same serving of a can of coke. However, if you are on the Keto diet, this is not a good choice where you need to limit carbs, this is not a good choice.
Unsweetened Almond Milk
At 30 calories per cup (240 ml), this is not a great alternative to soda, although the sweetened version (60 cal per cup with 7 grams of added sugar) does taste much better.
Unsweeted Iced Tea
At 0 calories, unsweetened iced tea is probably the best substitute for plain water.
If you feel you need to make it sweet, you can try adding
- Truvia zero calorie sweetener from the Stevia plant
Truvia is actually Erythritol, a sugar alcohol. Unlike other sugar alcohols, Erythritol is the only sugar alcohol which does not get digested by the body. Instead, it gets excreted in urine and feces. I consider it the ideal sweetener for drinks. It’s also ideal if you are on the Keto diet since it contains 0 carbs.
You can also cold brew green tea like pictured below.
Iced Water With Lemon Slices
Lemon-infused water actually makes plain, boring water taste pretty good.
Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice
At 70 calories per cup (240 ml), this has the same calories has Costco Kirkland coconut juice but with 0 added sugar.
Costco Kirkland Vitarain Zero
This has zero calories. The sweet taste comes from zero-calorie sucralose.
Glaceau VitaminWater Zero
Sweetened with erithrytol