SPONSORED Did you know that the average soft drink contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar? Those tasty but sweetened drinks may have more kilojoules than you think. Do your health a favour this summer and stay rehydrated the healthy way. Here’s how!
1. Carry a reusable bottle
By the time you realise you’re thirsty, you could already be dehydrated, so get into the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle around with you everywhere. Refilling it frequently throughout the day is also an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to stay hydrated. If the next day’s going to be a hot, pop your bottle in the freezer the night before and take it with you in the morning!
2. Add some fruit
Don’t like the taste of plain old tap water? Instead of sugary cordials and juices, get creative by adding fresh fruit and herbs for a dash of flavour with no extra kilojoules or sugar. Some great flavours include:
- Lemon slices
- Lime wedges
- Orange slices
- Cucumber slices
- Mint leaves
3. DIY ice cubes
There’s nothing quite as thirst-quenching as an icy cold drink - and frozen fruit ice cubes are a fantastic way to add extra refreshment to summer drinks. They also look great for entertaining. Simply fill ice cube trays halfway with fresh fruit like blueberries, raspberries or chopped kiwifruit, top with water and freeze. Then, add the cubes later to still or sparkling water. The result is a pretty drink, with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
4. Have fun with fizz
Soda water is a refreshing change from still water, providing all the fizz without the kilojoules and sugar of soft drinks. However the acidity of fizzy water can be damaging to tooth enamel, so aim to drink soda water in one or two sittings, rather than sipping it over the day. Drinking from a straw also helps, as the carbonated water is drawn to the back of your throat, rather than hitting the front of your teeth.
5. Try new water infusions
Stay well hydrated on hot days with the new range of Infused Water by Lipton. Lipton takes thirst-quenching still water and infuses it with the subtle flavour of tea, fruit and herb extracts to give your taste buds a hint of flavour that plain water lacks. While some flavoured waters can be high in added sugar or artificial sweeteners, Lipton Infused Waters contain no sugar, except the tiny amount naturally occurring in fruit and herb extracts and other natural ingredients.
Available at major supermarkets, petrol and convenience stores, and food outlets,
the range includes Watermelon, Cucumber & Mint, and Pear & Elderflower flavours.