I grew up drinking coconut juice because it was delicious, not understanding or realizing how good it was for hydration. A few years ago, coconut water exploded here in America and it was a common sight to see next to yoga mats. I still love the taste of it, but the only bad thing about coconut water is that it’s got a good amount of sugar in it. Now stepping in is an array of other vegetable derived waters that promise healthful benefits. Try these refreshing beverages out today.
1. CaliWater Cactus Water, $3
This contains prickly pear juice, which is a superfood. Their website says, “The prickly pear cactus fruit is the only fruit which contains all 24 known betalains: powerful antioxidants known for their skin revitalizing benefits. Hydrate and revive your skin naturally.” Better skin through a beverage? Can I buy it by the case? But what about the taste? It’s said to have an earthy, berry-like flavor.
2. Arty Artichoke Water, $3
Artichoke tea has long been used in Asia to treat acne. Artichokes contain lots of free-radical fighting properties — some of the highest in a vegetable. Worried about the taste? It’s sweetened with agave nectar.
3. Botanic Organic Ginger Water, $3.50
Ginger is great to aid digestion, help with nausea, contains antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory. We drink ginger tea, why not enjoy it cold?
4. Happy Tree Maple Water, $4
Maple water is said to contain over three dozen vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics and electrolytes. Plus half the sugar of coconut water. And who doesn’t like the flavor of maple?
5. Alo Exposed Aloe Vera Drink, $2
You know how good aloe is for your skin, but a beverage? I remember seeing this in Asian supermarkets as a kid and was always weary of it. It’s packed with vitamins like B, C, E and folic acid. It’s supposed to also be good for you skin. The taste isn’t for everyone, though — It’s tangy, bitter and tart.
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Plant-based waters are our go-to beverages for hydration this Summer