The Best Soda Brands of 2017

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Ah, soda. The sound of a popped soda can tab floods us with nostalgic childhood memories of warm and relaxing summer days. Soda has become a staple part of the everyday American diet, lined up in cans and bottles eagerly within hand’s reach in fridges far and near.

These carbonated drinks aren’t just a thing of the past, either — the demand for soda has skyrocketed in modern times. While some brands have fizzled out, others have thrived, making their ways into the hearts of generations of soda fanatics.

5 Fan-Favorite Sodas Every Soda Lover Needs to Try

Whether you’re a sucker for a taste of nostalgia or prefer your drinks with a hint of variety, we proudly offer a unique and wide-ranging variety of drinks to meet our customers’ needs. Not sure where to start? Take a look at some of the best-selling soft drinks and preferred flavors of 2017 before you decide:

  1. Diet Pepsi: We all want to fulfill our cravings without having to worry about the repercussions. Diet Pepsi offers a guilt-free way to indulge your sweet tooth in the flavor it desires without having to worry about the added calories. The drink remains one of the top carbonated drinks of 2017, likely retaining its favoritism for many years to come.

    2. Fanta: If you’re craving a more fruity and tropical flavor, Fanta may be the drink for you. With dozens of fruity flavors offered — and craved — across the globe, we’d say Fanta has earned its spot as one of the top soft drinks of 2017. From the sweet citrusy flavor of Fanta Orange to the tropical tang of Fanta Pineapple, Fanta’s fruit-packed drinks will leave you feeling the cool tastes of summer no matter what time of year it is. Take a look at our variety of Fanta drinks to decide which flavor best suits you.

3. Sprite: A sparkling mixture of lemon and lime, Sprite offers its customers a sweet and fizzy mixture of bubbly delight. Pop open one of our Sprite Zero bottles to enjoy the citrusy flavor that has designated Sprite as one of the most popular soda brands of 2017.

4. Mountain Dew: Many agree — there’s nothing more refreshing than a sip of an ice-cold Mountain Dew straight from the fridge. It offers a unique and one-of-a-kind taste that’s kept customers grabbing for another bottle since the drink’s establishment in 1940. Nearly 80 years later, Mountain Dew still remains a highly favored treat.

5. Coca-Cola: We like to save the best for last. Nothing is more satisfying than the sweet and savory taste of the past. It may be 2017, but Coca-Cola Classic offers the same delicious flavor that has satisfied generations of families for decades. Whether you’re hosting a family reunion or looking for the perfect kickstart to your day, a sip of Coca-Cola is guaranteed to satisfy.

A Guide To Vegan Coffee Creamers

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If you’re a vegan, you don’t have to settle when it comes to your coffee. Vegan creamers are available in many stores, and they allow you to sweeten up your morning brew without the added dairy. Just dab a little sugar or vegan creamer into your coffee after choosing the flavor that best suits you, and you’re on your way to a great day.

So, when you wake up in the morning, get ready for your day and head into the kitchen where the smell of coffee beans surrounds you, don’t find yourself stuck in a loop of compromise any longer.

Our List of Favorite Vegan-Friendly Creamers

Here’s are our top five favorite vegan coffee-creamers:

  1. So Delicious Almond Milk Creamer
    2. Nutpod’s Creamers
    3. Trader Joe’s Vegan Creamer
    4. Silk Creamers
    5. Califia Farms Original Better Half

There you have it. When it comes to making your perfect cup of coffee, settle no more!

Gatorade: The Best Hangover Cure

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You wake up a bit confused. You’re not quite sure if you want to go back to bed, hug the toilet for the next hour or down a gallon of water. So perhaps you had a little too much to drink last night. Maybe it’s not your first rodeo, or perhaps this is your first time drinking in excess.

In either case, it doesn’t take you long to realize a hangover is not the best way to start off the day. Your first thought is to chug a glass of water and sleep your morning into the next day, right? Well, not so fast — we’ve got a better cure. With a bottle of Gatorade by your bedside, you’ll be back to your pre-hangover self in no time.

A Drink Designed to Replenish You

Did you know Gatorade was made for situations like this? Well, sort of. Scientists designed Gatorade in response to a head coach’s needs to replenish his football team in a manner that water couldn’t. While water certainly hydrates you, it fails to restore electrolytes and other elements your body loses as it sweats.

What makes Gatorade the best hangover cure drink is that is holds all of the ingredients necessary to replenish your body after it’s exhausted — whether this means working out or simply drinking too much.

How It Works

When you work out, sweat or dehydrate yourself — which is usually the case with a hangover — your body is not nourished enough to properly replenish and generate new strength and energy. Sports drinks such as Powerade and Gatorade replace necessary nutrients your body may have lost.

When you first wake up from a hangover, you may feel irritable and weak, and you might experience a pounding headache. These are caused by the usual hangover effects of low blood sugar and dehydration. Sports drinks such as Gatorade bring your body back to normal by ridding you of these nasty side-effects. How exactly? While water contains a simple solution of H2O, Gatorade is composed of sugars, salts and vitamins — the cure to a hangover packed in a drink.

Electrolytes to the Rescue

If you find yourself using the bathroom a little more than usual on a night of drinking, it’s no coincidence. Alcohol’s diuretic levels are significantly large. In a nutshell, this means the body eliminates considerably higher levels of fluid. For you, this means quicker dehydration.

Is Sparkling Water the New Soda?

Is soda on its way to being a thing of the past? It might be with the increasing popularity of sparkling water.

Why Sparkling Water?

Sparkling water is a fancier and less sugary alternative to the typical sweet and tangy flavor of a soda. If you’ve never tried it before but are curious to see what the hype is about, a variety pack sampler could offer enough extravagance without too much zing.

Sparkling Water Benefits

Aside from being fantastic for your taste buds, sparkling water is great for your overall health, too. It keeps you hydrated like ordinary water, but it can even help if you’re suffering from indigestion. Additionally, if you’ve hit the afternoon slump, the burst of bubbles and hint of flavor from sparkling water is your best friend. What better way is there to go about your day than with an added companion that provides you with flavor and energy? Trade in the soda and try some sparkling water for yourself!

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Spooky Halloween Punches for Kids

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Usher in the autumn season with a few Halloween-inspired drinks meant to satisfy your little goblin’s cravings. Get your cauldron ready — here are three tasty and easily prepared, non-alcoholic punches your tiny ghouls are sure to enjoy!

  1. The Jack-O’-Lantern Blood Orange Juice

    Nothing says Halloween more than a creepy-grinning pumpkin. Get your punch bowl — or cauldron ready. Here’s a seasonal spin on a classic orange-flavored punch.

Start your recipe off with a few basic ingredients:

Combine your drinks in a punchbowl big enough to yield about six quarts, mixing your orange and pineapple juice with your lemon-lime soda, finishing off with your ginger ale. Top it all off with a few scoops of ice cubes for a bone-chilling treat. Beware — this drink yields a larger quantity making it ideal for a gathering of ghouls.

For added fun, supply your goblins with an assortment of sharpies and orange plastic cups. Challenge them to make the best jack-o-lantern face on their cups to pour their delicious punch in!

  1. Phantom Potion Punch

    hat all goes into a phantom’s potion, you ask? How about a few delicious worms — gummy worms, that is!

    Prepare your punch bowl with these three simple ingredients:

Combine your fruit punch and lemon-lime soda in a pitcher for a frighteningly-quick thirst-quencher. Pour the mixture into a cup and allow your child to garnish it all off with some slithery worms!

  1. Bone-Chilling Eyeball Sipper

    Create a tasty blueberry punch before the delicious fruit goes out of season — it just won’t look like a blueberry punch. With eyeballs and a ghastly green appearance on the outside, the taste makes up for its spooky appearance.

To make this punch, you’ll need:

Start off by peeling your lychees and inserting a blueberry in each lychee to create your eerie “eyeballs.” Pop them in the freezer for an hour for a scary addition to your cauldron full of punch. In your bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, adding a few drops of food coloring for a ghoulish appearance. Pour the mixture into tall clear glasses — you won’t want to miss out on seeing the eyeballs, after all.

 

Cool Beverage Packaging Designs

Sure, we all want our drinks to taste great, but let’s be honest — it’s even better if their packaging looks great too! And beverage manufacturers know that, which is why many are continuing to come up with creative drink package designs to encase their refreshing, lip-smacking drinks.

Check out five of our personal favorites:

Voss Water Packaging

1. Voss Water

This Norwegian brand embodies the idea that “less is more” with their packaging for their artesian water. Their unique beverage packaging design uses a cylindrical glass body and a minimalist design to note the company’s name.

CideRoad Blueberry Drink

2. CideRoad Organic Switchel

“What’s a Switchel?” is what most people ask before taking a swig of CideRoad’s Organic Switchel, which refreshes you whether you’ve spent a long day outside gardening or shooting hoops. Their creative drink packaging features ribbed bottles and a bold black and white label, iconic graphics, and a clear glass bottle to allow the beverage’s color to shine through – whether that’s blueberry, cherry or their sweet original blend.

Body Armor Lemon Lime Drink

3. Body Armor Sports Drinks

With their bold colors and splashy, fruity graphics, Body Armor sports drinks simply catch your eye. From a super-bright green for their lemon lime flavor to an eye-popping purple for their classic grape flavor, these naturally sweet “super drinks” are sure to capture your attention. (And with the drinks’ electrolyte-replenishing, ultra-refreshing flavors, your taste buds are sure to love the brand, too!).

DRY Vanilla Drink

4. DRY Soda

Cream soda from DRY, like their Vanilla Bean and Juniper Berry, features creative drink packaging that’s minimalist in nature, but packs a punch nonetheless. It uses colors that match its ingredients, like an ice blue for its Juniper Berry, to make shapes on the label mimicking the fruits that make their soda worthy of another sip.

Harney and Sons Organic Coffee Tea

5. Harney & Sons Juices and Teas

With the Harney & Sons line of juices and teas, your drink has not only a unique brew but also a unique beverage packaging design. Their Organic Coffee Tea, for example, features a bottle that reminds you of the bottles once delivered by milkmen with a label design that gives off an antique-yet-classic feel.

Looking to stock your fridge with drinks that come with complementary creative drink packaging? Look no further than Beverage Universe — we have your favorite beverages, as well as those hard-to-find ones you thought were gone forever. So, what are you waiting for? Start filling your cart and fridge today!

Is Sparkling Water as Healthy as Regular Water?

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Failing to drink enough water every day can lead to serious health problems. The question isn’t whether you should drink water daily. Instead, the question for many consumers is — what kind of water should you drink?

Misconceptions About Sparkling Water

Some misconceptions about sparkling water have become widespread, giving the bubbly alternative to regular water an undeserved, bad reputation. Here are some common myths about sparkling water and an explanation of why they’re simply not true:

  • Sparkling Water Will Dehydrate You: Sparkling water is just as hydrating as regular water. However, sparkling water may make you drink less water in a single sitting because its carbonation might fill you up faster. This may mean you’ll need to drink sparkling water more often throughout the day to stay hydrated.

One significant benefit of sparkling water making your feel full faster is that it can help you reach your weight-loss goals. Just make sure it doesn’t contain any added sugar or sodium.

  • Sparkling Water Depletes Calcium: There is no credible evidence that suggests sparkling water leaches calcium from people’s bones. While the ingredients included in carbonated beverages like sodas may affect your calcium level, sparkling water does not have those ingredients.
  • Sparkling Water Causes Digestive Problems: Most people can drink sparkling water without experiencing tummy trouble. If you have sensitive digestion or your stomach doesn’t react well to dietary changes, you might fare better with still water.

As the world’s largest online beverage warehouse, we specialize in offering a wide array of drinks that are often hard to find. We carry a full line of sparkling waters in multiple sizes. View our inventory and place an order for your favorite sparkling water today!

Negotiating the Pros and Cons of Caffeine Consumption

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Whether you have an occasional cup of green tea or you’re a coffee lover from morning until night, you probably think occasionally about the caffeine you’re consuming. Is it helping or hurting you? Are you relying too heavily on this substance to keep you awake so you can achieve your goals? Or is it a harmless addition to your diet?

As with most things, caffeine is neither innately good or bad. The key is to understand what it is, how you can use it beneficially and when you should say “no” to a cup o’ joe. This post will help you learn more about the pros and cons of caffeine, so you can best determine how much to consume.

How Caffeine Works

The next time you haven’t had caffeine for a while, pay attention when you drink a caffeinated diet soda or cold sweet tea. For most people, caffeine causes a faster heartbeat and boosts alertness. As a stimulant, caffeine grants your body’s cells additional access to oxygen. While this may not be a problem in infrequent, small and manageable doses, overuse of caffeine can cause the body to send the wrong messages to your brain, which is one of the negative effects of caffeine for your health.

For instance, constantly drinking caffeine can lead to anxiety and insomnia. Neither of these outcomes is particularly welcome — especially if you already have a stress disorder or trouble falling asleep. Additionally, because caffeine is a diuretic, you may become dehydrated faster if all you drink is caffeinated hot and cold beverages.

Another downfall to caffeine is the way it becomes a “crutch.” Without it, people may get serious headaches to the point where they need caffeine for relief. If this sounds familiar, watch out! You’re already addicted to this substance or getting close to addicted. That’s never a good thing, especially if you don’t feel like yourself until after you’ve had caffeine.

Using Caffeine Advantageously

Of course, all the negatives aren’t meant to suggest that caffeine can’t play a role in a healthy diet. Therea are also positive effects of caffeine. In fact, for many people, advantageous and deliberate caffeine use can help them remain mentally clear and focused.

If you love beverages that contain caffeine, you’ll be happy to learn that some studies have shown caffeine can make up for a bad night’s sleep by helping your brain come back to its tasks. And if you’re fueling up before a workout, a little bit of caffeine could give you better performance results, according to some athletic research.

Some scientists believe caffeine can inhibit the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other medical conditions — although this hasn’t been completely proven and requires more documentation. Of course, in all cases, research participants were carefully monitored.

Consequently, you’ll want to be careful if you’re performing your own caffeine experiments at home. The best rule of thumb is to listen to your body — and your doctor — when it comes to caffeine. Think you might be overdoing it? Try substituting a caffeinated beverage with one that has less caffeine or none at all. Weaning yourself off your eight-coffees-a-day habit will take time, so start slowly.

Be careful as you moderate your caffeine intake, since some foods, like chocolate, contain hidden caffeine and can throw you off your game. By staying aware of the advantages and disadvantages of caffiene, you can determine when best to enjoy a cup of coffee, and when to cut yourself off for the day.

Revitalize Your Natural Energy With Fresh-Pressed Juice

Pressed Green JuiceYou’ve probably heard time after time about the advantages of fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices. They’re not just a quick way to enjoy all the vitamins and minerals abundant in the produce aisle — they also happen to taste amazing!

Consider starting with a healthy green juice featuring pressed Granny Smith apples, kale, half a lime, a few celery stalks, a cucumber and perhaps even a bit of ginger for a refreshing zing. It’s a taste sensation that will keep you going throughout the day or while powering through your after-hours workout. Plus, you can use it as the springboard for other juices that tempt your palate day after day and help keep you healthy year-round.

No time to press juice yourself? Don’t have a blender or juicer to turn your yummy ingredients into pure, organic juice? No problem! Swap your homemade juice for 100% natural beverages like Zoe Juices, which give you the fresh-pressed flavor and benefits without any fuss or muss.

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

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We all know we need water, and most of us can agree that we probably aren’t getting enough water in our daily diets. But few know how to determine how much water they should be drinking because hydration is best tackled on a person-by-person basis.

How to Determine How Much Water You Should Drink

There are a few factors to consider when determining how much water you need to drink, including your weight, activity levels and health. You’ve probably heard that you should be drinking about eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day.

While this may be adequate for some people, though, it’s popular because it’s easy to remember — not because it’s accurate.

How Much Water Should I Be Drinking Based on My Weight?

A 200-pound person needs more water in their diet than a 100-pound person, which is why you shouldn’t rely too heavily on the eight eight-ounce glasses theory.

Instead, take your weight and multiply it by 2/3. This is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking per day. That means that if you’re 100 pounds and are only drinking five eight-ounces glasses of water per day, or 40 ounces, you probably aren’t as hydrated as you should be.

Should I Be Drinking More Water on Days I’m More Active?

On days you work out, you should be drinking more water. Remember that working out doesn’t have to mean you’re in the gym pumping iron. If you’re expending enough energy to get sweaty, you’re expending enough sweat to need additional hydration.

As a general rule, you should be drinking about six additional ounces of water per 15 minutes of exercise/activity. That means if you work out for an hour, you should drink an additional 24 ounces of water that day to keep your hydration levels balanced.

Is It True I Should I Be Drinking More Water When I’m Sick?

The amount of water you should be drinking while sick is entirely based on the type of sickness you have. If you have a fever or are suffering from a gastrointestinal illness, it is likely you are losing fluids. You’ll need to drink more water to help replenish them.

If you have congestive heart failure, kidney, liver or adrenal diseases, you may need to limit your fluid intake as these conditions can impair the excretion of water. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact your personal healthcare physician before you alter your daily regimen.

Easy Ways to Meet Your Water Intake Goals

If you have trouble drinking enough water throughout the day, here are a few simple things you can do to make sure you’re meeting your water intake goals:

  1. Drink a glass first thing in the morning
  2. Drink a glass with each meal
  3. Take a water bottle with you everywhere
  4. Add more fruits to your diet
  5. Skip the coffee and soda

Remember that although everybody is different, we all need to hydrate our bodies properly to ensure efficiency and good health.

If you need water or some other tasty options to keep yourself hydrated, check out Beverage Universe today!