Healthy Beverage

I am looking for something to drink that is healthy, yet low in calories or calorie-free. I realize plain drinking water is best, but I get tired of it. Do you have any suggestions? —C.K., Wales, Wisconsin

Amazingly, the human body is made up of 55 to 75% water—that’s 10 to 12 gallons! So obviously, getting enough fluid every day is very important. Drinking plain water can get tiresome, but there are healthy ways to dress up water that are palate-pleasing as well. One of the easiest things to do is add a lemon or lime wedge—just a squeeze lends a hint of citrus to the water. You can have fun by experimenting with different fruit flavors, too. Freeze watermelon, orange or berry juice in ice cube trays. Serve a few cubes with water for a subtle juice accent. Sparkling water is another alternative. It’s carbonated, so it has the fizz of soda without the added sugar or artificial sweeteners. There are also many commercially produced flavored waters on the market that are great alternatives. But read the label to make sure you know what you are getting. If you don’t want your drink to have added sugar, check the label to see if it’s calorie-free or close to it. The bottled water industry is booming, so look for new products that jazz up plain water in a healthy way. They’re sure to keep coming our way!