You’ve already figured out what to and what not to eat on your keto diet, and now you’re probably wondering where you stand when it comes to your choice of drinks, right?
As you already know, ketogenic diets can be quite strict and exclusive when it comes to just about anything but, luckily, they also leave a lot of space for you to play around with your favorite foods and drinks.
This means that there are some types of drinks that you will want to avoid at all costs, but, on the other hand, you will still be able to indulge in your favorite beverages.
Before jumping into our list of top 10 keto-friendly drinks, first, let’s have a look at the drinks that you have to bid goodbye to once you try a ketogenic diet.
Starting with drinks with the highest carb count (up to 60 grams of net carbs per drinks), we have everyone’s favorite — the milkshake. Although this drink is filling and tasty, it no longer has a place in your diet plan. Following it up with 50 grams of net carbs is the frappuccino. Guess those visits to Starbucks will have to become a thing of the past! As for the other drinks that are high in carbs, you will want to find a healthy substitute for soft drinks, caffe latte, ice tea, orange juice, (some) energy drinks and vitamin water.
Except for milkshakes, these drinks won’t necessarily kick you out of ketosis or even exceed your daily carb intake limit, but they won’t do your diet any good, either. As mentioned, not all energy drinks are that high in carbs, so if you feel like having an energy drink, make sure to read the labels carefully and pay attention to if your drink of choice says “low-carb”.
Having said this, you are more than prepared to get into our list of the top 10 keto-friendly drinks.
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This one is definitely a no-brainer, but it is still worth a mention! As long as you make sure that you are hydrated, your diet can only go uphill from that point on. And not only does adding a lemon slice give this drink a slight kick, but it is also extremely beneficial for your digestive system! Most doctors and nutritionists recommend drinking a glass of warm water with some lemon juice the first thing when you wake up!
Just as it is the case with plain water, sparkling water is a zero-calorie beverage, making it one of the best keto-friendly choices you’ll come across!
Luckily, being on a ketogenic diet does not mean that you have to give up your favorite pick-me-up. As long as you take it unsweetened, you’re good to go!
And who doesn’t enjoy a cup of some soothing tea? Whether you take it plain or with a little bit of milk, tea will stick around while you are on your ketogenic diet. The only thing to avoid is adding artificial sweeteners or sugar!
Although we’ve previously mentioned that some energy drinks are to be avoided, due to the fact that they can be quite high in sugars, there are some keto-friendly energy drinks out there if you look for sugar-free on the label.
Just as it is the case with diet drinks, as long as you are on a lookout for energy drinks with a low-carb count, you’ll be on the safe side!
Traditionally made smoothies can have quite a high carb count, but making them using keto-friendly ingredients such as berries, spinach, low-carb nut milk, high-fat yogurt or MCT oils, can make them the perfect choice for a pick-me-up while on a ketogenic diet!
Not being able to have a glass of orange juice can be a bummer, but there are loads of keto-friendly juice alternatives out there. Make sure to look them up!
When it comes to relaxing over a drink or two, you will be on the safe side with just about any alcoholic drink, other than beer and sweetened mixed drinks, that is. Make sure to check out this keto alcohol guide and see if your drink of choice is on it!
And there you have it, the top 10 keto-friendly drinks to include into your diet! If you are in search of even more information about ketogenic diets, make sure to visit Konscious Keto and get the best tips and tricks!