5 Choices For Consumers Seeking Healthy Beverage Alternatives

You can eat healthy all week, but if you're keeping yourself awake with soda and putting back a dozen beers at a party on Friday night, it'll all be for nothing. These companies all provide healthy alternatives for people who want great-tasting drinks that won't expand your waistline. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Sources for Healthy Beverage Options

Name Beverages Include
Essentia Ionized alkaline water with a commitment to sustainability
FitVine A wide variety of red, white, and sparkling wines
Pacific Foods Milk alternatives made with soy, almond, hemp, cashew, hazelnut, coconut, & oat
Raw Elements Matcha, Chai, and mushroom-based tea and coffee alternatives
Elements Truffles Turmeric and Ashwagandha-infused drinking chocolate

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In Depth

Beverages are often a stumbling block for those looking to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. While a variety of wellness trends have created new options for exercise and clean eating, it can be difficult to give up comfort potables like soda, alcohol, and hot chocolate. Luckily, the beverage industry is catching up. This list, arranged in no particular order, surveys five options for people who want drinks that make you feel as good as they taste.

At #1, Essentia is a brand of bottled water with the mission of improving people's lives through better hydration. The company uses a proprietary ionization process that entails three steps: first, unwanted particles are removed through microfiltration and reverse osmosis; second, the water is infused with trace amounts of electrolytes; finally, acidic ions are removed to avoid bitterness and create pH levels of 9.5 or higher.

Essentia has endeavored to distinguish itself by emphasizing sustainability. Its water is locally sourced, and all bottles are recyclable, with the company participating in The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit that promotes the practice. Essentia Nation, another of the company's marketing vehicles, has attracted high-profile spokespeople as representatives of an online fan community and influencer network.

Essentia has endeavored to distinguish itself by emphasizing sustainability.

#2 is FitVine, a line of California wines marketed to athletes and the health-conscious. It promises tasty wines with no flavor additives and less sugar and fewer sulfates than standard vino. To achieve these attributes, the company's beverages go through an extended fermentation process.

FitVine's wines are filtered with both diatomaceous earth and micron pads, allowing them to remain gluten-free and vegan friendly. To skeptics, the company offers a 60-day money back guarantee. There is a full range of red, white, and sparkling potables. Among them is the Holiday Red, a full-bodied blend; a chenin blanc with hints of honeydew, lemon, and orange blossom; and a light, crisp prosecco.

#3 brings us to the wide array of plant-based beverages offered by the Pacific Foods company, perhaps best-known for its soups and broths. Outfitted in shelf-stable and recyclable packaging, many of the more twenty drink options in this line are designed to serve as dairy-free, milk alternatives.

Outfitted in shelf-stable and recyclable packaging, many of the more twenty drink options in this line are designed to serve as dairy-free, milk alternatives.

The company offers the more familiar mock milks made from natural items like almonds, coconuts, soy, and oats. But Pacific Foods also provides more exotic varietals, such as a mild and smooth cashew beverage that can be used as a base for sauces and creamy recipes; a subtle hazelnut drink that pairs with coffee and cereal, or which can be enjoyed straight-up; and a nutty hemp beverage that is sweetened with brown rice syrup.

For #4, we've got the varied line of beverages distributed by Raw Elements, which imports a number of natural and health food items for the Canadian market. Among the company's coffee and caffeinated coffee alternative items, there are the mushroom beverage mixes of Four Sigmatic, such as the Adaptogen mix that blends java with ashwagandha and eleuthero.

Raw Elements also distributes a number of teas. There are many matchas to choose among, from brands such as Lakanto and My Matcha Life, as well as Golden Latte and turmeric mixes. The company also sells mixes for hot, caffeine-free drinks, like the herbal coffee alternative Dandy Blend.

Raw Elements also distributes a number of teas.

Finally, coming in at #5, there are the drinking chocolates manufactured by Elements Truffles. Inspired by the principles of Ayurveda, the company produces "clean chocolate," in small batches from cacao and honey, infusing them with essential oils.

While many Elements chocolates come in bar form, or as cacao nibs, there is a selection of beverage options. One drinking chocolate mix is infused with Ashwagandha, a medicinal herb that practitioners of Ayurveda regard as a "superfood." Another hot cocoa powder is made with turmeric. Both mixes are sweetened with coconut palm sugar.