Summer is typically the hot time to discuss hydration because of all the time we spend outside (and how sweaty many of us get!), but the thing is, staying hydrated is important for your health all year long.
I know a lot of people have trouble getting enough water during the day, and although that’s not a problem for me — I basically always have a glass or bottle full of ice water on hand — I admit that sometimes, it’s nice to switch it up a bit. And if you’ve cut out (or cut down on) soda the way I have, you might feel like you don’t have a ton of options.
But I’m here to tell you — with certainty — that’s not the case. Here are four products you might want to consider trying out!
Maple syrup on your pancakes is a no brainer. Maple sap as a drink is a little less conventional (now, at least, although the indigenous people of North America were sipping on maple water ages ago), but DRINKmaple is a new company looking to change that.
It turns out, maple isn’t just a tasty flavor — DRINKmaple contains 46 naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, antioxidants and prebiotics, is naturally low in calories, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and non-GMO, contains more manganese than one cup of kale and has half of the sugar of coconut water. It’s obtained sustainably with no harm done to the trees, and it’s not just sap mixed with water or the byproduct of syrup being made — although it’s pure maple sap, it’s not like pine sap, and the consistency is more like water.
Oh, and it’s completely delicious. The flavor is subtly sweet and super refreshing, especially when enjoyed cool (not cold) as suggested.
2. hint fizz
Sparkling water (generally speaking) was probably the number one product that helped me kick my soda habit, so I think it’s fair to say that I’ve become a bit of a connoisseur. That being said, hint fizz is my new favorite. It’s unsweetened and lightly flavored with a variety of flavors to choose from — make sure to try the blackberry.
hint fizz (and hint water, which is also majorly tasty but not bubbly) is all-natural and contains no diet sweeteners, calories or preservatives. It’s vegan, gluten-free and kosher. And it’s amazing. I flew through a case in, like, a week, and pretty much refused to share it. It’s that good.
3. Camelbak Mantra
Say you’re on the go and want some portable flavor for your agua. Camelbak comes to the rescue with the Mantra, a beverage mix packaged in easy-to-carry stick packs and sweetened with stevia and boasting antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes. There are three flavors — blueberry pomegranate, cranberry lime (my top pick) and raspberry lemonade — and all of them (like everything on today’s list) offer a subtle flavor that’s not at all overpowering.
FLUROwater is a bit sweeter than the other options, but still contains no sugar, zero preservatives, no dyes, and is very low calorie at 10 calories per serving (or 20 per bottle). Its four flavors offer 14 essential nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, E and K, fiber and more.
The idea behind FLUROwater is simple — it’s water with added nutrition, and was initially designed to help communities in need internationally by providing proper nutrition and clean water in one simple package. The founder and CEO, Dr. Todd O’Gara, decided to bring the product to the U.S. as well in order to help combat the obesity crisis. And hey, a delicious beverage that packs few calories but a lot of flavor? That’s going to appeal to a lot of people — of all ages.
What’s your go-to drink (other than straight up water)? Have you tried any of these options? —Kristen