Five Drink Alternatives To Soda

Five Drink Alternatives To Soda

Trying to quit soda? Here's some soda alternatives!

For the past two years I've cut soda out of my life because of the effects it has on my health. For anyone else who is interested in doing the same, I decided to write a list of five drinks I have instead of soda.

1. Kombucha

Whether I buy it from the store, or drink the homemade Kombucha my mom makes, this drink is a great alternative to soda. It's made from a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), sugar, and black tea. The taste is a little strong, but it satisfies my urges for carbonated drinks.

2. Zippfizz

This drink is an energy drink that I buy at Costco or order online. The preparation is super quick. All you have to do is mix it with water. Not only does Zippfizz satisfy my cravings for soda, it's also packed with vitamins and gives me energy!

3. Sparkling Water

By sparkling water I don't mean the flavored waters at the store filled with artificial sweeteners. I mean sparkling water with no artificial flavors. It's basically a lightly flavored seltzer that satisfies my cravings for carbonation, but it doesn't have any negative health effects since it's basically water.

4. Black Coffee

I know coffee without any sugar or cream isn't super tasty, but it's actually pretty healthy by itself. While the taste of black coffee can be a bit of an acquired one, I highly recommend it as an alternative source of caffeine to soda.

5. Infused Water/Tea

You can never go wrong with water-based drinks! I like to infuse water with oranges or limes, or I like to heat up water for tea. For my tea, I don't add any sugar to keep it healthy.

Cover Image Credit: A Girl With Tea on Flickr

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Darty Season (SZN) Antics

Saturdays are for the darty.

Well, everyone, the Fall Semester is over, and Spring Semester is in session! If you're from the East coast, soon all of this dreaded snow will be gone and the sun will, in fact, come out tomorrow. Spring Semester also means one more semester until summer, for some it means their last semester before graduating, and to other it means they're one semester closer to graduating! It's also means...

That's right. Darty season (SZN).

Even Uncle Chaps is excited...

So break out your SAFTB shirts, show off your best darty outfits, and make sure you drink responsibly. Here are some tips to help you check yo'self before you wreck yo'self this darty season:


I can't stress it enough, HYDRATE! I didn't know how important it was until I found myself going to bed and staying in bed at 4pm after drinking since around 10am.... My suite mates last year would have a cup filled with water or a water bottle, and another cup filled with their drink, I thought it was a pretty good idea! Pedialyte is also a good idea to have handy. It helps with hangovers, putting electrolytes back in your body, and helps you not become dehydrated (I kind of laughed a little too much that they have an "Alcohol and Dehydration" page on their website)

Honestly, how did I NOT know about this????


Unless you'd like to look like a lobster for a few weeks, I'd suggest wearing it. Reapply throughout the day, too! Nobody likes a sun burn or getting sun poisoning people.


Yeah those flats are cute, those wedges are cute, those heels are cute, but you're going to regret it big time. I advise you to wear some cute converse, some sort of other sneakers, or anything with support. You're going to be walking all around campus, standing a lot, and dancing a lot, don't kill your feet!


Load up on those carbs, guys, or at least eat a good breakfast before you start drinking all day. Eat some things throughout the day as well! You don't want to drink on an empty stomach or one that is becoming empty.

Go at your own pace

As I said before, I found myself in bed after only a few hours of dartying. You need to pace yourself. Who cares if people are pounding beers and drinking the beer bong a numerous amount of times? Don't feel pressured into drinking more, or even drinking at all if you don't! If you pace yourself during the day, you'll be set to still go out at night!


I find naps to be so important! Yes, you should pace yourself throughout the day so you can still party it up at night, but you don't want to be tired while doing it! Taking a nap at some point during the day will help you recharge and wake up feeling ready to go for more.


Yeah, you're partying in daylight, but you need to make sure you and your friends are safe at all times. Whether you know the dorm you're going to or not, make sure everyone is okay and nobody wonders off, you never know what intentions people might have. You also don't know what could happen to your friend when they're by themselves. If friends do wonder off though, keep in contact with a text or phone call.

Have fun! And be responsible!

The most important tip! Have fun! Take all of the pictures! Be crazy! But don't do anything stupid that campus police would have to get involved with. I found dartying to be the best days ever, and you definitely don't want to forget them.

Cover Image Credit: Amanda Smith

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Energizing Products To Help Meet Those New Years Resolutions

Here are my go-to products to keep up my energy and make everyday count

Let's be real here, you have to wake up early but it hasn't gotten any easier.

Coffee can be a good boost, but sometimes you want a little substance in your stomach to hold you over. Here are 5 different fueling products that will keep you energized and ready to start your day.

Cold Brew Coffee:

KonaRed Cold Brew Coffee – Uniquely crafted with coffee fruit that boasts twice the amount of caffeine as coffee beans, this cold brew is available in glass bottles and cans so everyone can enjoy its deliciously smooth taste anywhere, anytime! Free of dairy, gluten, GMOs, and soy, these Certified Kosher coffees come in flavors including Original, Hawaiian Vanilla, Espresso, Caramel, and Mocha.

Coffee Snacks:

bare Organic Coffee Bean Coconut Chips – Crafted from naturally sweet and fragrant organic coconuts that are sliced thin and baked to crunchy perfection, these coconut chips are lightly seasoned with coffee bean to deliver a snack that’s both satisfying and nourishing.

Coffee from Home:

Espressotoria – A sleek and modern countertop espresso machine that allows folks to make café-quality coffee at home with the push of a button. The Espressotoria system is high-quality at an accessible price of $99. Whether you favor espressos, Americanos, cortados, lattes or cappuccinos; coffee from Espressotoria has an incredible, freshly-ground, packed taste that you have to try to believe yourself.

Pure LYFT:

Whether you are late, tired, jet-lagged, or simply on-the-go and in need of an energy boost, pureLYFT is the perfect solution.You don’t need to sacrifice your health and time to find a caffeinated beverage. Now, you can energize any drink on the go in an instant with any of four flavors Orange, Lemon-Lime, Mixed-Berry and Original.

Caffeinated Energy Bar:

This is a bar that actually tastes good. Made with REAL FOOD & Nothing Else. No Sugar Added. Certified NON-GMO, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO, DAIRY-FREE. Keep yourself energized with the hazelnut coffee maca bar.

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