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Old 01-04-2014, 04:07 PM   #1
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Ok--I'm struggling today with drinks. I get really tired of drinking just water/carbonated water. I have been avoiding fake sugars so I don't drink any diet sodas but I need something different. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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Have you thought of teas? Herbal, green, black...add a squeeze of lemon or lime if desired. Or simply add a lemon or lime wedge (or cucumber slice) to water.
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:18 PM   #3
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My delight, my special treat, is mineral water...I could drink Perrier by the gallon if it were not for the expense. My mainstay is tea...all varieties...plus just plain old tap water. Plain water tastes mighty good when you are thirsty...and I'm usually thirsty these days.
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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Ya--tea is a good idea. I'll give that a try!
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:00 PM   #5
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Try flavoring plain water with a few drops of extract. No sweetener needed. McCormick makes good ones and you can find them in any store. I especially like raspberry.
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I agree with the previous suggestions to add lemon juice or extracts to your water. I like peppermint extract.
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:09 PM   #7
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Do you get the extract in the baking area?
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Do you get the extract in the baking area?
In my grocery store it is near the spices.
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Blue Sky and Zevias are both sweetened with erythritol and stevia. Blue Sky is light blue. The dark blue are real sugar.
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I'm hooked on iced green tea! I brew it in a Mr Tea maker without the ice so it's nice and concentrated. Then I transfer it to a pitcher I keep in the fridge. Because it is concentrated it holds up really well over ice in the 32 oz water glug that I haul around with me.
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I also vote for herbal teas! They are so satisfying and get me past the urge to munch.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:50 PM   #12
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Herbal teas (My fav brand is the Celestial variety pack) and Mio are awesome ways to mix up your beverage routine.
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I use Kool -aid with stevia , easy and affordable .
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I have a glass of Ecodrink in the evening.
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unsweet tea with lemon. yum
just some extracts in water like others said. a little goes a long way to add just a touch of flavor. no fake sweetners either.
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I've used sugar-free cordials since I started, not sure on ingredients, but I can only take so much plain water...
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What's a cordial?
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You can add True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange packets to plain water as well if you don't want to keep the fresh fruit around the house. Are you opposed to stevia? If not there are a number of flavored stevia drops available. I like Sweet Drops berry but there are lots of others. Also LaCroix sparking waters already have various flavors added.

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Old 01-05-2014, 09:44 AM   #19
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Use to say cordial when i grew up in Australia. States definitions would be like a fruit drink, Kool Aid etc.
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I just bought a six pack of Perrier grapefruit flavor. I usually make my own carbornated essences, but this was on sale and an impulse. Once in a while I may buy Zevia. I really only care for the ginger root beer. I bought some diet tonic water last fall, to see if the quinine would alleviate my leg cramps. Not sure of the results, but didn't buy again although I thought it tasted ok.

Other that water, I have been drinking coffee. I need to get back to herbal teas, I don't know why they don't appeal much right now. I've got tons in my cupboard.
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You can add True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange packets to plain water as well if you don't want to keep the fresh fruit around the house. Are you opposed to stevia? If not there are a number of flavored stevia drops available. I like Sweet Drops berry but there are lots of others. Also LaCroix sparking waters already have various flavors added.
These all work but I think the price of flavored liquid stevia is highway robbery. I've bought the flavored liquid stevia before but using extracts & adding plain KAL stevia powder extract is much more economical.

I am pretty sure there are also recipes for making your own flavored liquid stevia but I have not checked into that yet. I mostly like the convenience of a flavored liquid stevia for carrying in my purse when I know I'm likely to stop at Starbucks. Being sugar-free, artificial sugar-free, and dairy-free means my coffee is unsweetened & black (and just about the cheapest thing on the menu! lol) and I like the addition of a bit of sweet flavor.

I don't consume many processed foods so the specialty drinks and additives are not something I use. I do drink tea & coffee but water is my main drink. I go through about a gallon of water on a normal a day, not including coffee or tea.
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These all work but I think the price of flavored liquid stevia is highway robbery. I've bought the flavored liquid stevia before but using extracts & adding plain KAL stevia powder extract is much more economical.

I am pretty sure there are also recipes for making your own flavored liquid stevia but I have not checked into that yet. I mostly like the convenience of a flavored liquid stevia for carrying in my purse when I know I'm likely to stop at Starbucks. Being sugar-free, artificial sugar-free, and dairy-free means my coffee is unsweetened & black (and just about the cheapest thing on the menu! lol) and I like the addition of a bit of sweet flavor.

I don't consume many processed foods so the specialty drinks and additives are not something I use. I do drink tea & coffee but water is my main drink. I go through about a gallon of water on a normal a day, not including coffee or tea.
Was just drinking primarily water a big adjustment for you at the beginning? I'm thinking it will get easier but right now I am craving any drink that isn't water!
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Was just drinking primarily water a big adjustment for you at the beginning? I'm thinking it will get easier but right now I am craving any drink that isn't water!
I've always liked water but, years ago, I found that having other things to drink usually meant I drank less water.

At one point I made a rule that I could have something else to drink only after I'd had half my water for the day. It helped. At this point I don't need to do that because I know I'll drink my water anyway.
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What's a cordial?
A cordial is a nice man. For example: "He was a very cordial young man." Or it can refer to a drink or a nice woman too.

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I'm hooked on iced green tea! I brew it in a Mr Tea maker without the ice so it's nice and concentrated. Then I transfer it to a pitcher I keep in the fridge. Because it is concentrated it holds up really well over ice in the 32 oz water glug that I haul around with me.
I do the same thing!!!! I LOVE green tea! I have many different kinds. Probably 20 or so. I also love Matcha. Mmmmm sooo good. It's kinda frothy/ creamy. I will add some matcha to other teas as well.
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Cordial is "squash" you add it to water, possibly called juice over there. Not powder like Kool aid.
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Cordial is "squash" you add it to water, possibly called juice over there. Not powder like Kool aid.
Lol. Lost in translation.
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A cordial is a nice man. For example: "He was a very cordial young man." Or it can refer to a drink or a nice woman too.
OK I laughed and shot hot tea out my nose.....
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I drink hot tea..I prefer brewed loose tea. ( caf. and decaf)..all kinds of awesome varieties,,,,occasionally coffee...water plain...w/ orange sl...lime slice or lemon...sparkling water ..hot water w/ lemon... good grief Im drinking WAY more variety than before..!
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I like to add cucumber slices, fresh berries or slices of citrus fruit to my water. Cucumber is my fave.
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