Though I’m a firm believer that water is the perfect way to hydrate, sometimes a little flavor is nice. Lately, I’m a big fan of seltzer with fresh-squeezed lime juice. This also happens to be delicious with a little gin if you’re in need of a cocktail. I also am obsessed with GT’s Gingerade Kombucha.
When the folks at LO asked me if I’d be interested in testing out some of their low-sugar, low-carb fruit beverages, I was interested to try out some new options. In my day-to-day food shopping, I’m a little put off by products that say, “Hey, babe, I’m low on the glycemic index” (kind of like how there’s just something off about a guy who needs to tell you what a nice guy he is), but I liked that the ingredients were recognizable rather than a laundry list of “drink this and be a smaller woman so men will like you more” chemicals. Each bottle contains 35-45 calories and 7-10 grams of sugar. They’re sweetened with stevia and blue agave nectar.
I started with the Mango Mojito flavor first. At first sip, it was way too sweet for me, but diluted with a little seltzer, it was the perfect late-afternoon mocktail.
I should note that my autocorrect kept changing “mocktail” to “cocktail,” as my computer apparently does not seem to approve of anything but a legitimate adult beverage. In real life, I don’t actually drink mojitos because they remind me of the summer I was 21 and—shall we say—learning my limits. Of course, a standard LO mojito drink is not the same as a $7 Boston dive bar mojito, so it’s all good.
Next up was the Pomegranate Mojito because why not keep with the mojito theme? Again, it was super-sweet but great with some seltzer to cut the sweetness.
The plain pomegranate and acai flavors were much more up my alley, though I still preferred them with some seltzer. What can I say—I like what I like. You could also try spiking your smoothie with a little of one of these.
Though I wouldn’t chug one of these before a workout, I can definitely see buying them occasionally for making pretty cocktails or sprucing up a glass of sparkling water. Gin or no gin.
What are your favorite non-water drinks?