I'll admit it. Paleo 2.5 years. Still love Snapple Peach and Raspberry. But it's so much sugar! The only other beverages I drink are water, coffee with cream, and once in a while teas or wine.
I've tried making ice tea to replace my favorite Snapples, as well as water with cucumber slices. Anyone have any suggestions to replace it?
PS I totally forgot to add that I drink kombucha too. Usually 1-2 bottles a week. I like how the Snapple isn't fuzzy tho. I never cared for soda even before I cared about health because I find the carbonation unappealing.
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on July 22, 2014
at 06:33 PM
If this is right: http://www.food.com/recipe/snapple-peach-tea-top-...
then every 1/2 gallon has 3/4 cups Sugar (~ 100g sugar) and 3 tbsp of peach syrup (which according to Torani is ~27g sugar)
So every pint (a serving) would have 30g sugar -- that certainly sounds like a lot, but it's really only two peaches. Why not take a couple of peaches, and blend with 1/8 cup of water. drain out the pulp (or leave it in if you don't mind it) and add that to the iced tea? At least you are getting fresh fruit into your tea.
on July 20, 2014
at 06:33 PM
As @Janknitz says...kombucha! The store bought stuff is a bit spendy ($2.5 to $4 a pint) depending on brand & sales.
I go for fruit flavored ones... give store bought a try before you jump to homebrew. Depending on the flavoring & brand... they can be ~45 to 60 calories per 12 oz as compared to 140 for coke or pepsi.
If you homebrew & like it more vinegary... that will drive the sugar content lower. I flavor mine with one mexican lime per 16 oz.
@panda_anne added a comment that she does not like the fizziness of soda or kombucha...
that would leave herbal teas or regular with some fruit essence flavor added or leave the komucha in fridge with the far / bottle opening covered with paper towel of cloth, the fizz should leave faster than it is replaced at fridge temp. YMMV
on July 16, 2014
at 07:02 AM
Kombucha. You can flavor it, it's a little fizzy, full off healthy probiotics, and the bacteria eat the sugar, not you. Try some commercial stuff first and then you can make your own if you like it. I make my own in a continuous brewing system. There's very little residual sugar (my husband is a professional wine maker and tested it), but it tastes sweet to me.
on July 16, 2014
at 05:43 AM
This morning, I washed down a sardine salad with a hot cup of grass-fed bison broth, leftover from a veg soup that used a couple slow cooked bison shanks w/ marrow bones -- beats sugar water.
I don't find myself craving sweets / sugary drinks, but I occasionally do 6-8oz of a fermented coconut water kefir, which is pretty awesome if second fermented with raspberries or lemons / honey. If you're not afraid of the carbs / live cultures and have some time to invest, you can brew up some interesting beverages (eg. beet kvass.)
I recently picked up a pomegranate white tea that's pretty decent. On a low enough carb diet, I find everything tastes much sweeter (where 80+% chocolate used to taste like mud, I get down with 88% now.) Where others found the pom tea pleasantly tart, I was pretty happy with the crisp sweetness, almost candy-like for me. I've had some really good blackberry teas.
Iced green tea / matcha is refreshing stuff. My go to is an 88 night shincha tea. Otherwise, I'm mostly drinking water all day, occasionally with a squeeze of lemon.
If you're craving sweets, I'd just go for some honey + cinnamon roasted nuts / cacao or some fruit, or try to address the root cause of the craving. I don't like the idea of a frequent fruit juice drink, although in the context of an infrequent post-workout carb backload smoothie, maybe it could potentially be useful.
on July 16, 2014
at 05:15 AM
Some of my favourites include fruity herbal teas.... The slight sweetness may help with your craving for the sugar you normally get from Snapple... You could also ice one in the fridge and if you need sweetness, add some honey if you like. I really like pure Leaf iced tea (the unsweetened kind), which you may have to get used to... Or a really big one in the paleo community is Kombucha... Where it is soda-like with some sweetness (maybe fruit flavoured) and also has some awesome probiotics for your gut! :)