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Drinks... low calorie with no sugar or aspartame


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I have been trying to find a low calorie drink that does not have any sugar, caffeine, or aspartame in it.  I know low fat milk is a great choice, but I can only drink so much milk and water.

Crystal Light (sugar free) has aspertame and so does diet soda (along with caffeine).

What does everyone normally drink?  I am looking for things with fruit flavor, but not juices sicne they contain way too many calories.

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Iced herbal tea, either by itself or sweetened slightly with a small amount of juice.  There are tons of fruit herbal teas on the market.
I second the herbal tea, or green tea.  There are tons of fruit flavored ones to choose from.  I use a little honey to sweeten if it need be.

Unfortunately, if you're looking for fruit-flavored beverages without sugar, artificial sweetener, or high calories, there won't be a lot to choose from on the shelves at the market.  If you have some extra money, maybe look into buying a juicer?  At least that way you'll be able to make your own drinks and have complete control over what you put in them.

I have not tried very many teas.  I will check that out... I know they have to be herbal, because some teas do have caffeine.

I did not even think about a juicer!  That is a great idea.  I will price them out to see if it would be feasible.

Thank you for your responses! :)

I would have to say then your best bet would be to just squeeze some real fruit juices into water.  A recent find to me actually is true lemon.  It comes in lemon, lime and orange.  It is crystallized fruit.  That stuff is soooo good!  Go to truelemon.com and you can find a store near you that sells it.  And, the last time I checked, they will also send you some samples.  Which is how I tasted it. 
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I enjoy carbonated water.  It comes in fruit flavors such as lime, lemon, grapefruit, ect.  Plus they are sold in cans so it is easy to recycle(and not fill the landfills with even more plastic).  Also you can make your own carbonated water with a soda making machine.  The machines make horrible soda, imho, but make really good seltzer.   Just put in water and a tiny bit of whatever fruit juice you want to have.  Yum!

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I would suggest decaf Market Spice Original or Good Earth Original teas.  They are spicy (cinnamon, etc) black teas that are very sweet without any sugar or sweetener.  Naturally sweet. It's kind of amazing, actually. I like to put a little nonfat milk in my mug of tea as well, to make it smoother.

Juicers are really cool, but I would offer a caution about juice. Just because it comes from fruit does not mean that the sugar levels are better than other sugary drinks.  The number of fruits required to make a glass of juice is often so many that the calories/sugars are very high. I would run the numbers through calorie counter to make sure that you are within your goal range.  These days I seldomly drink juice, and if I do, I usually water it down with sparkling water or still water.  The sugar is just too much for me.

Good luck!  I LOVE that sweet Good Earth tea! :)

FUZE slenderize- has 10-20 calories per bottle, depending on flavor and i find it pretty good. And as far as i can tell, nothing harmfull in it (correct me if I'm wrong).

Water.  I know you said you can only drink so much, but you do get used to it.  I've found it's helpful to have a mug of water at my desk and take a drink every time I think about it.  Before I know it, it's empty and I have to go fill it again! 

I second the thoughts on high calories in juices.  Removing the juice from the fruit removes a lot of the good qualities from the fruit and leaves you with basically sugar water.  There are still nutrients, but since juice moves through your digestive system MUCH faster than whole fruit, you aren't getting a lot of the benefits, you are basically just getting the sugar.  I use juices as a treat rather than something I regularly drink.

I don't drink them but I have seen some flavored waters, i.e. Vitamin water, I don't think it has sweeteners in it but I could be wrong.

Just wanted to add that even though juice from a juicer will have sugar, that it's not quite as bad due to the fact that it is not processed sugar.  Drinks you buy at the store generally contain high fructose corn syrup, or regular white (processed) sugar.  The sugars that occur naturally in fruit are not quite as bad for you.

Of course, you still don't want to overdo it on the juice - it is still sugar...just different sugar.
Original Post by natlyann25:

I would have to say then your best bet would be to just squeeze some real fruit juices into water.  A recent find to me actually is true lemon.  It comes in lemon, lime and orange.  It is crystallized fruit.  That stuff is soooo good!  Go to truelemon.com and you can find a store near you that sells it.  And, the last time I checked, they will also send you some samples.  Which is how I tasted it. 

 Thank you for that site.  I found a store near my house that sells it and I am def. going to check it out. :)

Original Post by jmroddy:

I would suggest decaf Market Spice Original or Good Earth Original teas.  They are spicy (cinnamon, etc) black teas that are very sweet without any sugar or sweetener.  Naturally sweet. It's kind of amazing, actually. I like to put a little nonfat milk in my mug of tea as well, to make it smoother.

Juicers are really cool, but I would offer a caution about juice. Just because it comes from fruit does not mean that the sugar levels are better than other sugary drinks.  The number of fruits required to make a glass of juice is often so many that the calories/sugars are very high. I would run the numbers through calorie counter to make sure that you are within your goal range.  These days I seldomly drink juice, and if I do, I usually water it down with sparkling water or still water.  The sugar is just too much for me.

Good luck!  I LOVE that sweet Good Earth tea! :)

 I am going to try Good Earth Tea.  I have never really been a huge tea drinker, but there are some varieties that I like.

I would much rather actually eat the fruit than drink it anyways.  It takes a lot of fruit to make juice in my mother's juicer and I don't think it would fit into my daily calorie intake very well.  Maybe as a treat, but not daily.

I am trying to get used to drinking lots of water.  Are flavored waters okay or are they full of sugar too?

Fuze drinks contain sucralose (Splenda). Same with flavoured waters (like Dasana, Aquafina). I checked the other day. I don't know if the OP is looking to avoid all artificial sweetners or just aspartame.

I'm in the process of quitting artificial sweetners so I check all the labels and let me say... there are few low cal drinks that have none in them! You best bet is to stick with WATER! I miss my Aquafina Grape water sometimes though.

Good Earth herbal tea is fantastic. It has no sugar, but it is sweet.  It's great hot with a little low fat soy milk or iced in the summer.  You will never know that there is no sugar.

I like to add a little bit of fruit juice to my seltzer water - it works best with citrus fruit. Also, there is a drink out here in Colorado that is very similar to what I'm describing, but darnit, it's escaping me tonight!
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try fresca--it has 0 calories

Fresca is sweetened with aspartame.

I really enjoy diet and low cal cordials. The cordial I drink does not contain aspartame although it does contain some artificial sweeteners.
Bonus it has added vitamin C.

At first I drank it 4 parts water and 1 part cordial.. and over time I have cut it down to just a splash of cordial in my water..

Brand is cottees and diet rite.. maybe just look out for something similar.

Cold water with lemon juice from half a squeezed lemon.
It gives it some flavour, but it is tangy so if you don't like tang then its a bad idea.

I agree with teas.
Although i haven't done it in awhile, i used to drink cold tea.
Just have to find a herbal tea that you like :)

I drank water, unsweetened herbal or decaffeinated tea, black coffee, and wine.

When I had to count calories, omg, I miss my wine! I don't like fruity sweet drinks, or soda.

Not much into sweets to tell you the truth.

So I bought sparkling water and spiked with fresh lemon or lime wedge and serve it in my wine glass. Got real boring and I quickly got tired of the tart citrus.

Anyway, I found that sparkling water and 2 oz apple juice is nice. You can garnish with apple slices. Or any other juice that is 100% juice no added sugar. I actually like prune juice, and am going to try it in my water. You can also freeze the juice in ice cube trays and add 2 cubes to your water, tastes even better as they melt. Mint, vanilla, and other extracts are great too!

Ever considered Vanilla Tea?

I absolutely love it! I think it is a love it or hate it kind of flavour. It's subtle but you can really taste the vanilla.

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