Herbal tea is a misnomer
What we call herbal tea is actually a tisane of fruit or herbs that contains no Camellia sinensis, the tea plant. Whatever we call it, herbal tea offers even more choices than real tea. After sampling hundreds of them, the ones I like best are what Celestial Seasonings calls the zingers that include hibiscus. You too can take a few decades to explore these and the thousands of other herbal teas.
Soft drinks can quench your thirst
Sugar-free soft drinks are available everywhere, but researchers have some questions about their usual ingredients, so moderation is the key here. But some soft drinks, like some of KeVita’s sparkling probiotic drinks, have just one 1 gram of carbs per cup and at the same time give you both great taste and live microorganisms that can help your health.
Restore your electrolyte balance
Anyone who does sweaty work or exercises needs to make sure to replenish the minerals lost at work or play. Those of us who have diabetes need to be especially careful to stay in electrolyte balance. A tasty and low-carb (3 grams per scoop) choice that I have used for years is the Ultima Replenisher. I add it to my canteen and drink it on almost every hike.
Because milk has 12 or 13 grams of carbs per cup, it doesn’t fit well into a low-carb diet. Fortunately, we have many plant-based alternatives. Among those that are plain and unsweetened, some have only 1 or 2 grams of carbs per cup, including almond milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, and soy milk. Your choice among these can depend on your taste preferences, their price, and availability.
When the weather warms, nothing seems to taste better than lemonade. But the sugar should stop us, unless we can get it made without carbs. With stevia we have a natural sweetener that is carb-free. With TrueLemon we have a handy source of lemons that we can always have in our pantry.
Cocoa for the cold
Nothing seems to satisfy us more than a cup of hot chocolate when we come in from the cold. But many of us think of it as a guilty indulgence. In fact, cocoa is very low-carb and is nothing to feel guilty about. It’s the sugar that is sinful. When winter comes, I make a cup of hot chocolate with a teaspoon of Cocoa Powder, filtered water, an alternative milk, stevia, vanilla, and cinnamon. Delicious!