Drink a Rockstar, and you’ll guzzle down the sugar-equivalent of six Krispy Kreme donuts, I wrote last month. For those looking for healthier options than those so-called energy drinks, here are a few newish thirst quenchers I’ve tried and loved:
Olade Lemon Ginger. Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine fame’s the man behind these stevia-sweetened Olade drinks — though I didn’t know that when I picked one up at my local co-op last week, partly because the drinks were right at the front of the store when I walked in thirsty, and partly because they were on sale for under a buck each.
I’m usually not a fan of stevia, which sometimes tastes bitter — but Olade’s definitely found a way to make the natural sweetener work. How? The kick of ginger in this upgraded lemonade packs a powerful punch, overpowering any bitterness in the stevia.
Olade drinks also come in cranberry, pomegranate, lemon, strawberry, and tropical flavors — all made with 98 percent organic ingredients, plus SweetLeaf stevia and an electrolyte blend. An eight-ounce plastic bottle contains just 10 calories and no sugar. Find Olade at Whole Foods and other natural food stores.
Adina Holistics Coconut Guava with Lychee. I have childhood memories of climbing guava trees and eating the fruit super-fresh — a memory that often makes me wonder why some of my favorite fruits are simply not sold in stores (loquats are another one). If you, like me, have no access to fresh guavas but long to taste the pulpy delicacy, indulge your nostalgia with Adina Holistics new Coconut Guava flavor.
As with all Adina Holistics drinks, the Coconut Guava elixir is organic and fair trade certified. Anti-plastic advocates will be happy to know the drinks come in glass bottles, while holistic health seekers will rejoice over the “adaptogenic herbal extracts” in the drinks that are supposed to “exert a normalizing influence on the body.”
Did I feel more normal after guzzling the delicious coconut, guava, and lychee elixir? A little, but it may have been a placebo effect. The brand new flavor isn’t even on Adina’s website yet, but is available at Whole Foods nationwide, many grocers, and convenience stores. A 14-ounce bottle has 110 calories and 26 grams of sugar (or 60 calories and 15 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving) and retails for $1.79.
Honest Tea Half & Half. Need a little caffeine boost in your organic thirst quencher? Honest Tea’s Half & Half offers a refreshing mix of lemonade and iced tea.
Like Olade, Honest Tea bottles its tea in PET plastic bottles — but has revamped its bottles to make them thinner and 22% lighter. You can spot these slightly greener bottles by checking out the bottom to see if has a pacifier-like shape.
While the company’s now owned by Coca-Cola [Correction: Coca-Cola has a 40% minority investment in Honest Tea], Honest Tea’s retained its commitment to organic and fair trade certification — as well as its “Just a tad sweet” tagline for its drinks. An 8-ounce bottle has 96 calories and 24 grams of sugar (compared to 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar for 8 ounces of Coke).
Got other organic, fair trade drinks to recommend for quenching summer thirst? Share your favorites in the comments.
Image of Olade Lemon Ginger courtesy of olade.com; all other photos by Siel