Put down that soda. Just put it down. There are so many healthier beverages you can drink with your meal. It is time to start viewing meal time beverages as not just an accompaniment to the main course, but as a valuable source of nutrients as well. Use your meal time beverage to supplement the vitamins, minerals, and macro-nutrients you are getting from whatever is on your plate. Here are some ideas of drinks you can add to each meal in order to supercharge your day.
Everybody has heard the refrain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Adding a healthy drink to your breakfast is a surefire way to bring that plate of scrambled eggs and toast up to the next level. Aim to add a beverage to your routine that provides the energy you need to get through the day, without bringing you a crazy sugar high. Natural juices are a good source of vitamins and energy, and can even boost your metabolism throughout the day. Try vegetable juices like kale or spinach for a really healthy start to your day. If you need something sweeter, try pomegranate juice, which is packed with antioxidants. Even a simple glass of water with lemon can jump start your body and help get your systems started in the morning. Another breakfast option is to replace your meal with a shake. By including the right ingredients, a shake will leave you full and energized to take on the day.
Most of us could use a pick me up at lunch. Any drink that you have with lunch needs to keep you focused and active for the rest of the day, without being too heavy and weighing you down as you work or run errands. Keeping hydrated with water throughout the day is obviously extremely important, especially if you regularly stay physically active. If you’re looking for something different from regular water, try coconut water. Coconut water contains important electrolytes like potassium and sodium, as well as minerals like calcium, iron, and zinc. Sometimes referred to as “nature’s sports drink,” coconut water is a great addition to your lunch and can help power you through the afternoon.
While some might want to turn to a glass of wine or a beer with dinner, there are much healthier options. Depending on what time you eat dinner, or what your evening plans are, there are many different beverages that you can enjoy with dinner. If you’re interested in starting to wind your day down on the way to bed, try drinking a glass of chamomile tea with dinner. Chamomile tea will help your body relax and has also been shown to help induce sleepiness as well. If you have more adventurous plans after dinner, try a cup of green tea. Green tea contains just enough caffeine to give you a boost, without keeping you up all night. It also has tons of great antioxidants to keep you healthy!
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About Michael Weinberg
Michael Weinberg is a writer on The Path Editorial Team. He is a graduate of Tufts University. He is interested in how nutrition affects athletic performance and competes in triathlons and obstacle runs.