It’s one of the biggest dietary don’ts: If you’re looking to trim up as the weather heats up, then you can’t drink your favorite carbonated beverage anymore. We say such rules are made for breaking, though. After all, there’s nothing better on a warm day than cracking open some pop and gulping down a cold, fizzy concoction. So, the question is: Love soda but hate that it’s full of high fructose corn syrup or artificial sugars (found in diet drinks)? No problem; just give one of these natural versions a try! Seriously, folks, they’re good!
ZEVIA – This is a great option for the Diet Coke loving crowd. Made with Stevia, a naturally calorie-free sweetener (instead of Aspartame, one of the most intensively scrutinized food additives), these sodas are delicious and guilt-free. ZEVIA also offers 12 different flavors: Cola, Ginger Root Beer, Dr. Zevia, Twist, Ginger Ale, Black Cherry, Orange, Grape, Cream Soda, Caffeine-Free Cola, Mountain Zevia and Grapefruit Citrus.
Oogavé – Oogavé is a natural soda made with agave, a sweet natural nectar from the agave plant. This one’s so delicious that Beverage World Magazine honored it with their “Silver Bev Star Award.” The company offers many unique flavors such as Watermelon Cream, Cola, Strawberry Rhubarb, Vanilla Cream, Mandarin Key Lime, Grapefruit, Ginger Ale and Root Beer.
GuS – Short for “grown-up soda,” GuS provides dry but sweet-tasting sodas to those with a more sophisticated palate. Try new age flavors such as Dry Valencia Orange, Extra Dry Ginger Ale, Star Ruby Grapefruit, Dry Crimson Grape, Dry Cranberry Lime and Dry Meyer Lemon.
Fizzy Lizzy – Fizzy Lizzy is an award-winning blend of fruit juice and carbonated water (with no added sugars or preservatives!) Each soda has about 60 percent juice in each bottle, making it a great way to get in a daily serving of fruit! Fizzy Lizzy offers seven thirst-quenching flavors: Pineapple, Cranberry, Tangerine Passion Fruit, Fiji Apple, Grapefruit, Raspberry Lemon and Yakima Grape.
Izze – Best friends Todd Woloson and Greg Stroh were hanging out in Boulder, Colorado, having a drink when they decided they wanted to make a drink that didn’t just taste good, but did good for the world. Who doesn’t want a thing like that? They both loved the sophisticated, all-natural sodas common in Europe and decided it was time to bring that sparkling drink to America. They named their special new drink after a very special person, Todd’s daughter. What about the nutrition part you ask? Izze is made with all natural ingredients, 70% pure fruit juice, no artificial anything and 2 servings of fruit in every bottle.