Stay Cool with Low Carb Drinks

Colette's Blog

June 24, 2019

There’s nothing like a cold drink to quench your thirst on a hot, sunny day, but some of these drinks can be loaded with sugar. Sugary drinks make up for almost half of the added sugars in Americans’ diets, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Fruit juice, even 100% fruit juice, may contain more than 30 grams of sugar in just one cup. Fortunately, you can keep your cool with these tips and low carb summer drink recipes.

Drink This, Not That

Here’s a quick guide to popular summer drinks that tend to be loaded with sugar, and some low carb summer drink swaps that will still quench your thirst, while being just as sweet.

 Sweetened Ice Tea (30 grams/sugar): You can still enjoy this traditional summer beverage, just swap it for Iced Mint Tea (0 grams/sugar).

 Flavored Coconut Water (30 grams/sugar): While coconut water is popular because it helps restore hydration and replenish electrolytes during exercise, stick with unflavored coconut water (0 grams/sugar), and be sure to read the label to make sure you’re getting 100% coconut water, without added sugar or flavoring agents. Coconut water is also a great low carb alternative to sports drinks, which may be high in sugar.

 Sweetened Non-Dairy Milk (~13 grams/sugar): Non-dairy milks such as almond milk or soy milk are nice alternatives to traditional cow’s milk, but stick with the unsweetened versions. Or else, at 13 grams of sugar or more, you might as well be eating a donut for breakfast.

 Frozen Coffee Drinks (70 grams/sugar or more!): You can blow two or more days worth of carb and sugar intake with just one frozen coffee drink or swap it for Coffee Frappe (~2 grams/sugar).

 Lemonade (~25 grams/sugar):  There’s nothing like an ice-cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, but stick with our refreshing low carb lemonade (1 gram/sugar).

 Fruit Juice (~30 grams/sugar): Go for fiber-rich fruit like berries or Double Berry Ice Pops (~5 grams/sugar). It’s the perfect way to cool down.

 Smoothies (~60 grams/sugar): Just a small smoothie will sabotage all your low-sugar goals, but we have plenty of fruity, delicious low carb smoothie recipes here.

 And without a doubt, one of the best low sugar and low carb ways to hydrate on a hot day is water! Keep a water bottle filled and ready to sip from at all times. If your water needs a little flavor boost, add a squeeze of fresh lemon, lime or orange juice or try this low carb Lemon-Orange Cooler.

 

 

 

More From Colette

    Atkins’ Summer Low Carb Weight Loss Plan

Atkins’ Summer Low Carb Weight Loss Plan Research Shows a Low Carb Diet is Effective for Weight Loss How to Lose Weight on Atkins’ Low Carb Diet Atkins Low Carb and Keto Shopping List for Weight Loss Low Carb Meal Plans for Weight Loss 6 Tips to Jumpstart Atkins’ Low Carb Plan for Weight Loss

Read More »

Best Low Carb Breakfast Recipes for Father’s Day

Best Low Carb Breakfast Recipe for Father’s Day Father’s Day Low Carb Mexican Breakfast Pizza Recipe 4 More Low Carb Pizza and Taco Recipes Keto Zucchini Pizza Bites Cauliflower Crust Pizza Nacho Cornbread Taco Skillet Keto Taco Casserole Get Outside for Father’s Day Father’s Day Activities for the Family Best Low Carb Breakfast Recipe for

Read More »

     New Low Carb Recipes Hot Off the Grill

Full-On Low Carb Flavor with Flank SteakKeto Grilled Flank Steak with Savory Tea RubMaking the Grade: More Types of Steak Great for Grilling  Low Carb Side Dishes for the Grill and a Mocktail Lemon-Herbed Grilled Vegetable Kebabs Mediterranean Salad with Hearts of Palm Hibiscus Mojito Cooler Mocktail New Low Carb Recipes Hot Off the Grill

Read More »