Tuesday, January 8, 2013
What to drink during your Whole30
Originally this was going to be a post about kombucha, as it is actually a Whole30 approved drink, AND there are a ton of health benefits. But then I found this post by the food renegade, and it's an excellent post! Why write another one, when it's been covered so beautifully already.
Instead I'll make this post about what you can drink during your Whole30, as this is often a question people ask themselves. What, besides water, can I drink??? Here is my list!
Water! Call it boring if you'd like. But water is absolutely essential, and drinking it will quench your thirst and make you healthier. If you just can't stand the boring flavor of water, add in some lime juice or a few slices of cucumber. Et voila, you now have a healthy AND tasty beverage. Just think how lucky you are to be able to drink clean water whenever you like.
Kombucha! It's been around for more than 2,000 years, but it's just now experiencing a big hype here in the US. Kombucha's health benefits are many... First and foremost, it's a fantastic aid in detoxification. You can't find a better beverage for your liver! Really read the blog post I mentioned to find out more about kombucha!! Also, stop worrying about the sugar you have to add to make kombucha. The skoby eats the sugar during fermentation. Yes, kombucha is in fact Whole30 approved by Melissa and Dallas themselves!
Coffee! Personally, I couldn't care less about this stuff. It smells good but tastes disgusting. But I understand, tastes are different, and coffee is Whole30 approved. Though you'll want to stay away from the milk and sugar to go in it. You can try adding a little coconut milk. Also, you can drink flavored coffee, unless it also contains a ton of crap besides the added flavor. So, yuck for me... and yay for you!
Tea! Now there is something I love. My personal favorite: Vanilla Rooibos tea. Of course there are a ton of teas. You can pick and choose. But again, watch those ingredients. I've seen tea mixes that are actually not gluten free, and fruity teas often have sugar or other sweeteners added. Drink tea, my friends!
Sparkling water! Absolutely Whole30 approved. You can drink it, then burp, then drink, then burp some more. Add lemon juice, lime, cukes... you could even add some berries. Very delicious.
Coconut water! I don't get anything out of the stuff. But it's a possibility, if you're looking for something different. Once again, check the ingredients in coconut water, especially when it's not just basic coconut water but has added flavors.
Vegetable juice! Okay, don't go running to the store to buy Odwalla vegetable juice... It's really mostly fruit with a little added vegetable. Vegetable juice is easily made at home. If you're in a rush and have to get it at the store, be sure to buy something very basic. As always, check those ingredients. A virgin Bloody Mary is a great treat. Just a splash of hot sauce, a stick of celery (and an umbrella) and you're good to go.
I hope this short and sweet list helps. :) Enjoy!