What do I drink now? That was one of the first things I asked myself when I first started living a Paleo lifestyle. I was use to drinking southern style sweet tea, fruit juices (apple, orange, V8, etc) or sodas (every once in a while). I very rarely drank water!
When I started reading the labels on each of these items, I couldn’t believe how much sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was in each beverage. I knew there was some sugar, but I was shocked at the amount. Here is what I drink on a strict Paleo lifestyle. I have found that it works for me.
Water. This is mother nature’s natural sports drink. I drink it throughout the day, during workouts, etc. I like to put a slice of lemon or lime to jazz it up a bit.
Tea. Any type of tea will work, but my poison is green tea. I like a cuppa in the morning and in the evening. Green tea is fantastic because you don’t put any sugar or milk in it. Drink it straight up. Now, if I go to a friend’s house who wants to serve me tea (it’s typically black tea), I drink it black, no sugar. Not the best, but it’s still adhering to the Paleo principle.
Coffee. I don’t particularly care for hot coffee, but I do like a nice iced coffee – Paleo style that is (see below for the recipe). I will usually only have 1-2 cups a month.
Alcohol. There are mixed reviews on this. Some say you can’t have this on a Paleo lifestyle, because cavemen didn’t have it, but I look at it this way, in moderation, as an every once in a while thing it’s not bad. I try to stick to ciders, since that’s fruit and try to stay away from beer, but sometimes it doesn’t work. So I just try to limit what I drink.
Paleo Iced Coffee
Here’s What You Need:
Coffee of your choice
Make the coffee ahead of time and put in the fridge to chill for several hours. When the coffee is cooled, place in a blender with 4-6 ice cubes, 1 tsp of fructose and the coconut milk (to your desired level). Turn the blender on and mix together well. You’ll have a nice iced coffee!