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I'm trying to stop my SO from drinking a lot of soda, he drinks a 2 liter a day! He loves his drinks. I make a green tea and mix it with homemade lemonade and he likes that. He says it tastes like Snapple. Is there anything else I can make that will be lower in sugar? Healthy, that tastes good?

I know, water.... I'll get him on that next.

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  1. If it doesn't have to be cold, you might try to get him interested in tea; warm or hot. The variety of tea is, of course, a matter of personal taste, but something like Earl Grey or Lady Grey, perhaps a lemon spice. I find that the Earl/Lady Grey teas are very refreshing without sugar and, because I don't like iced tea, their warmth is very soothing.

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    1. re: todao

      Thank you, but yes it has to be cold. I was thinking of some form of iced tea.

      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        I'm going to recommend trying Honest Tea ... they are 'Just a Tad Sweet'. Honest Tea is really expanding their product line and competing with the soda competition -- and best of all Honest Teas are organic. Some of their teas are VERY unique in taste and that might turn you off, but I suggest trying Pomegranate Red Tea with Goji Berry FIRST. He will like that one.

        Honest Teas --> http://www.honesttea.com/products/

        1. re: Cheese Boy

          I love the honest teas! For the most part, although their "juices" I'm not as crazy about. But all their tea versions - awesome. The White tea with peach is a top and if you can find the glass bottles, the Green Dragon is good too. Of course, the downside is that they are only in small bottles, so if he really drinks a lot it could get expensive. But if he does a few ice teas, and a few seltzers and does the occasional water it might work.

    2. I've never been a big soda drinker, but when I do get a craving, I often opt for seltzer water mixed with fruit juice. I get the fizzy of the soda, but less sugar (because I only fill the glass halfway with juice - depending on the juice it might have as much sugar as a coke). That might be a baby step to start cutting him down, or at least getting his palate used to different things.

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      1. re: mickeygee

        What kind of fruit juice? I'm trying to get him away from anything with HFCS. Like cranberry juice or something?

        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

          whatever he likes. i spike my seltzer with 100% pure pomegranate or cranberry, or freshly squeezed lemon or lime. as long as it's 100% pure juice the sky's the limit. lately i've taken to grating fresh ginger into it - add a touch of honey, sugar or stevia and you've got ginger ale!

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            yes--so good! i've always loved martinelli's sparkling apple cider but seltzer with some pure apple juice in it is delicious. there used to be a kosher deli near my house and they served only sparkling water with juice mix-ins. my favorite was one with pureed strained raspberries. it actually quenches thirst too, as it's just water and fruit.

      2. Ice cold seltzer and lemon slice.

        1. The very lightly fruit-flavored waters found in authentic Mexican restaurants - cut-up melon, pineapple, cucumber, etc., either singly or in combination - stirred into the water.

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          1. re: greygarious

            you mean big chunks of the fruit?

            1. re: greygarious

              Agua fresca, perhaps?

            2. Pellegrino and pomegranate juice is delicious. I use 4 parts Pellegrino to 1 part juice.

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              1. re: iluvcookies

                Thanks. I will get this when I go to the store.

              2. I hate sweet things. I dislike water. I love mineral water and when I cant get that, seltzer. I do like flavor so I add a bit in various ways. Lime (lemon or orange) muddle, strained, a part of real juice, varies. Even seltzer and a tea, actually refreshing, as is limeade and your imagination may vary.

                1. I'm totally addicted to seltzer water like talking rain. When I'm willing to drink calories that aren't alcoholic, I mix it about 60/40 with either cranberry or orange juice. Juice/seltzer water mixtures may be a good happy medium. I love me some fizzy drinks.

                  1. if he likes a bit of sweetness, try carbonated water with lime juice and a little agave.

                    you might also try pureeing the bejeezus out of some favorite fruits, then straining out pulp and mixing with carbonated water.

                    1. if he turns out to like the fizzy drinks, you could get a soda siphon--about fifty bucks and will save you tons of money over the long term. on amazon you can search:
                      iSi 2248 Soda Siphon, Brushed Aluminum