We often joke that drinking a diet soda cancels out our French fries. But are diet drinks really the best choice for us? As with most things in life, health professionals remind us that moderation is key.
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends some healthy, tasty and low-calorie alternatives to help you quench your thirst naturally:
Remaining hydrated is critical for our survival, and drinking water is the most effective way to do it. Water is refreshing, thirst quenching, available almost everywhere and easily portable. If you favor flavored waters, check labels to make sure they’re low-sugar or sugar-free.
Make Your Own
Create your own flavored waters by freezing small chunks of fruit in ice trays or freezer-safe containers then adding them to your glass of water. You’ll have a colorful and delightful homemade healthy drink.
What could be more refreshing than fresh-squeezed orange juice? With juice bars and raw foods restaurants all over the country, you can easily enjoy tasty juice blends such as orange, apple and carrot. If you juice at home, add a splash of seltzer water for fizz and fun.
Spot of Tea
If you like variety, try teas on for size. From fruity flavors to herbal blends, there are thousands of flavors of tea, and many provide additional health benefits. For extra energy, try black or green teas that are caffeinated; and white tea to a lesser extent.
Milk is a healthy alternative to diet drinks. Low-fat milk or soy, rice, almond or hemp milks are satisfying beverages. Want something sweeter? Try vanilla flavored milks – most are sweetened with natural cane juice.
Enjoy diet drinks as treats, but expand your horizons to include natural drinks that are tasty and healthy for you.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.