Keeping hydrated is important no matter what diet or nutritional plan you’re following. In fact, water is the most critical nutrient for health, growth and development. Here on the Ketoship blog, we’ve outlined what you should be eating on a ketogenic diet time and time again. However, plenty of people can become stumped when it comes to what to drink on a low-carb or ketogenic diet, besides regular old H2O.
For some people, drinking nothing but water can be surprisingly difficult. In fact, people rarely hit the recommended daily intake of eight glasses per day, even when not following a strict diet or nutritional plan.
To make life on keto a little bit easier, we’ve outlined some of the best drinks to have whilst following a ketogenic diet. But remember, when all is said and done – you just can’t beat good old-fashioned water. Even if it is a little boring.
Sugar-free Carbonated Drinks
These are OK in moderation – and sometimes you have to at least trick your brain into thinking you’ve consumed something sweet, for the sake of your won sanity. Or perhaps that’s just me?
Either way, treating yourself to sugar-free soda every now and again shouldn’t throw you out of ketosis. But, the key thing to remember here is that the soda should be sugar-free. Be careful not to confuse this with the misleading label ‘no added sugar’ that plenty of ‘diet’ drinks seem to have plastered all over their packaging.
A quick rule of thumb: opt for Coke Zero over Diet coke, Sprite Zero over Diet Sprite… you get the message! Just be sure to treat sugar-free sodas as an infrequent indulgence, as plenty of people argue that their ‘sugary’ taste can trigger sugar cravings.
When we say flavoured water, we aren’t referring to the sugar-laden varieties that come in bottles at the store. Instead of opting for the store-bought kind, which is certain to kick you out of ketosis, try flavouring your own water. It really helps if you can get your hands on a water filter too, as this will help to remove impurities – or you could use store-bought bottled water.
Find a suitable container (a protein shaker or a pitcher will do just fine – you want something with a wide neck, so a water bottle won’t really do here).
Fill the container with water and add the following:
- 4 or 5 slices of lemon (wash the lemon first, to remove any wax from the skin as this can taint the water)
- A couple of slices of cucumber
- A generous sprig of mint
- A sprinkling of sweetener (optional)
- Half a teaspoon of turmeric (optional)
- Ice cubes
If you don’t have ice cubes, keep the pitcher in the fridge and allow to chill for a couple of hours, then pour yourself a drink whenever you get thirsty (or if you’ve simply not had a drink for a couple of hours) throughout the day.
Nothing beats a hot cup of cocoa on a cosy spent in front of the television. The only problem, of course, is that hot chocolate and cocoa drinks are usually laden with sugar.
Try a keto-friendly version like this Guilt-free Hot Cocoa Mix, adding some double cream and sweetener for extra indulgence.You could even mix in a little Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup to turn up the sweetness, or simply enjoy with a sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg for an authentic hot-chocolate experience.
Or if you’re looking for an energy boosting hot beverage rather than a cosy comforter – then try our old favourite Bulletproof Coffee.
This is the perfect early morning pick-me-up, and has tonnes of fat-burning benefits too. In fact, we love Bulletproof Coffee so much that we’ve written a whole post about it – check it out!