I’m always looking for low-cal, low-sugar beverage options. I am a true water junkie, but sometimes the insipid thirst-clencher just doesn’t cut it.
However, finding a quality H2O replacement is like picking out a chocolate easter bunny that will actually taste good–difficult. The rows and rows of drinks reflecting back that grocery store, fluorescent-light sparkle can all be so bewitching. But pick one out and glance at its ingredient list, and that twinkle quickly fades. Sugar often tops the list, followed by dubious preservatives. And just because I’m craving something other than water doesn’t mean I want to drink down a meal’s worth of calories.
Then you have those drinks who’s “0 CAL” labels reach out to you from the shelves and try to grab your hand. But for me, their no-cal, low-sugar appeal runs away the minute I see the aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, or other oddly-named fake sweetener content. Call me paranoid, but I’m still a little skeptical about all those artificial sweeteners. Stevia, derived from actual plant foliage, I can handle. Chemically combined elements with possible studied negative health consequences, now that I’m not so sure.
Luckily, I have found a few worthy water alternative on the market over the years. Recently, I’ve had a chance to sample Flavrz, a lightly sweetened beverage derived from organic fruit concentration and extracts, and agave. Each serving has roughly 30 calories and just 4 grams of sugar, minus the list full of dubious ingredients.
I’ve tasted the Cherry Berry, which has much resemblance to Juicy Juice. While the mixing instructions yields a a beverage slightly weaker in flavor than Juicy Juice, you mix your own Flavrz with water, so you can determine your own water to fruit concentrate ratio.
Flavrz also offers soda flavors, like root beer, ginger ale, and cola. I’ve tried the root beer variety, which contains just 30 cals and 9 grams of sugar per serving, and it’s delicious. Mixed with seltzer water, it tastes just like real, sugar-laden root beer, with a slight hint of lemon. It’s certainly offers a healthier soda alternative.
I’ve found that both the juice and the soda flavors are best mixed with seltzer (especially the soda, because really, who enjoys flat soda?). I love fizzy drinks, and these allow you to mix your own cocktails without too much sugar or calories.
To check out all of the Flavrz products, click here.