Drink a cola alternative, instead of quitting cold turkey

Quitting cola cold turkey can be very difficult. Even reducing the amount by say 4 oz a day is not much easier. A better solution is to use a healthy cola alternative.

Among other things, Cola has caffeine, sugar, flavor, and is cold. An alternative would certainly need to have caffeine. An ice tea made from Yerba Mate, a South American tea,  can provide caffeine. For more caffeine you can add its extract.

Sugar and flavor, as well as nutrients, can come from concentrated fruit juice. I like pomegranate, tart cherry, Sambucus black elderberry, and cranberry. Peppermint essential oil gives a burst of flavor, but no sugar.


Healthy Cola Alternative Recipe
Recipe Type: Drinks
Author: Anita K. Morgan
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Serves: 1
Easy to make nutritious cola alternative.
  • 3.5 to 4 ounces of cold Yerba Mate tea
  • 2 droppers of Yerba Mate extract
  • 1/2 ounce fruit juice concentrate, optional
  • ]pomegranate
  • tart cherry
  • Sambucus black elderberry
  • cranberry
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, optional
  1. In a 5 oz measuring glass add Yerba Mate tea and Yerba Mate extract,
  2. If desired, stir in concentrated juice or lemon juice,
  3. Enjoy.
Because cranberry has a strong flavor, I use a small amount mixed with another juice.[br][br]For a low-carb drink, I use lemon juice instead of a fruit juice concentrate.

What is your favorite cola alternative?