What is Your Favorite Healthy Beverage?

Johns Hopkins Medicine actively supports a healthy workforce. As part of the Strategic Plan’s people priority, participating members of Johns Hopkins Medicine have implemented the Rethink Your Drink Healthy Beverage Initiative to increase the offerings of healthy beverages, with the goal of making it easier for employees and visitors to make healthier choices.

You can help us out by sharing your favorite healthy beverages. Do you prefer a sugarless fruit or vegetable drink? Do you reach for a green tea or just an ice cold glass of water? Let us know your drinks of choice in today's Question of the Week.

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Chris December 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

I like Zevia soda (made with Stevia), Sobe Life Water, etc

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Paul Schley October 5, 2014 at 7:44 am

My go-to drink is plain ol' water. Pure, natural, God-given. I like to drink orange juice with breakfast but since our bodies don't store vitamin C, probably because it's in a lot of everyday foods, I'll have a gulp in the morning and another in the evening.
I don't trust the chemicals used in artificial sweetners so I turn to Truvia- made from the Stevia plant. This sweetner has a slight cotton candy flavor so I won't use it in coffee but it's fine for iced tea and baking.
Try this recipy: your favorite Kool Ade packet and 1/2 cup Truvia. Zero calerios, 100% flavor!
You will find options in the store. I prefer the Truvia "In The Raw." I still have a soda sometimes.

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Brittany October 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I think that bringing in more healthy drinks is a good idea but I dont that taking out all of the other drinks was a good idea. You cant force people to be healthy everybody is responsible for there own health and if they dont get it here then they will just go else where. So I think all this did was help other stores surrounded by the hospital sales go up and ours go down.

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Chuck October 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

they already made a lot of people mad ,Wait for the next step (was told by two vendors that they are going to stop Coffee and tea)
when they do that they will have a bunch of TICKED OFF EMPLOYEES!

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Asaba October 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

My favorite if passion fruit juice.

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Farah October 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm

If it isn't too expensive, I love coconut water but plain water is fine.

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Dana Seibert October 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I drink flavored water every day. Any suggestions on what kind of flavored I should drink.

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Evangeline October 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Kombucha!

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Lynieg October 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm

My favorite drink is H2O, nothing refreshes or hydrates better. Also as a drink it is very versatile how you can enhance it, infuse teas, fruit, have it sparkle or just flat.

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Liz October 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Sparkly waters are great, especially the flavored ones. The bubbles help to fill me up, and they seem festive. I serve these to guests in a fancy glass with fruit either in the glass on perched on the side. It always gets a nice comment. A glass of red wine is nice, too. Tea at night after dinner is a must.

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Nanette October 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

Yep. Me too. Have to be careful there are no sodium or artificial sweetners. Vintage makes a great one. Case of 12 1 liter bottles for $5.98 at Wegmans!

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Antoine October 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I struggle with this initiative. I understand the intent but the implementation is misguided. You can't force people into being healthy. The hospital is surrounded by the opposite of where they want this to go. My point, if I want a soda, I want a soda and I'll either get it where I am or go to where it is. I don't think the Institution should be appointing itself over our health and choices. It is not their role.

That said, I don't do sugar substitutes. So if I want a healthy drink it is simple water. Room temperature.

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Brittany October 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

i agree !

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Bonnie C October 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I prefer a good tea or a glass of ice water. (I make my own chai with good black tea & spices from my cupboard.) But once in a while I like the fountain lemonade or even a regular soda (Sprite, 7-Up, Pepsi, or Coke), depending on my mood, and where I am when I need a drink. (Funny, my mother would ONLY drink Nehi Orange, and if she couldn't get it, she wanted sweet tea or black coffee.)

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Bonnie C October 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

But I almost never drink a diet soda - too much going on there to suit my level of comfort!

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Sanjay October 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Green Tea

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Janet October 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

Water with cucumber and lemon.

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HEATHER October 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

I love raspberry lemonade, which I make myself, using the powdered lemonade, water and frozen raspberries. I put the mixed lemonade and raspberries in the blender, it is a refreshing beverage, you can also use ice tea (powder or fresh brew)

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Irv October 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

Iced tea done in the Arnold Palmer style. Brew 4 family size tea bags in a quart of water in the microwave until just short of boiling. Remove from microwave and let steep 5-8 minutes depending on how strong you like it. Remove tea bags and let them drain into a one gallon pitcher. Meanwhile open 36-40 Splenda packets and dump that into your one gallon pitcher. By now the tea bags should be drained and you can discard them. Add the tea to the pitcher and mix the tea and Splenda together. Now add 1 1/4 cups of lemon juice (Realemon is fine for this). Add 2 1/2 quarts of cold water and a 1/2 quart of ice. Stir well. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Zero calories and excellent flavor.

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Judy Baker October 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

almond coconut milk, water, wine

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Beth G. October 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

I don't like sweet drinks; I'm hooked on ayran (tan, doogh), made with fat-free Greek yogurt and a little bit of mint. Not sure how healthy the salt is, but it satisfies the salt cravings that I get, and I'm sure it's much better than a bag of salt & vinegar chips.

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Madeline Jay October 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

Favorite drinks:
1. Water
2. Fruit flavored green tea with meals

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Bobbie October 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

From my insulin dependent point of view and personal tastes, I love the new initiative. I have more choices than ever before! Glad to see ICE and seltzer water in the cooler case yesterday. Love the Lipton diet citrus green tea!
Can we throw in some caffeine free diets? Also, perhaps some PowerZero, an electrolyte replacement/sports drink that is calorie free and tastes great. One of my favorites. I like Dr. Philosophe's idea of V-8 juices- it is as close to juicing as one can get from a vendor. Tea varieties are great. Another idea are the Crystal Lite "straws" that flavor 16 oz. of water in a flavor variety. My favorites are raspberry green tea and pink lemonade. Soy/almond/rice milk would be great as well.

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Dee October 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

Favorite is BREWED sweet tea and if I'm behaving then unsweet. Only bottled teas the best are Gold Peak and Pure Leaf. Can teas just taste like metal. A lot of people cannot have the carbonation with any type of reflux and others don't want to use up their calories (if dieting) on fruit juices.

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Rashard Catten October 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

Green tea, aloe and good old H2O

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Jennifer Ciattei October 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

My hobby is collecting tea. It's surprising how many subtle flavor differences you can find between different Darjeelings, oolongs, white teas, Assams, Keemuns, and senchas. Tea has been bringing people's hearts and minds together all over the world for thousands of years, and the rituals around it--whether fancy afternoon tea or just a couple of mugs shared by friends--are amazing stress-reducers.

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Bonnie C October 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I buy a variety of loose teas from Teavana about once a year, and in my brewing system I can add vanilla, spices (to make chai), or any other additives (like flavored syrup). Then when I brew it I have something special that didn't cost a lot of money! Or I can have it just plain. You're correct in that different teas have different flavors (much like coffee drinkers will tell you that the flavor of the bean, as well as how it is roasted, can affect the flavor of what you pour into your cup).

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Marissa October 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

I prefer water, iced tea, or fruit juice.

I understand what this initiative is trying to do but replacing choices with only diet drinks is not the best alternative considering all the artificial sweeteners that go into those drinks. Not being able to buy juice (there's only one small option for orange juice in the entire cafeteria) or brewed iced tea in the cafeteria is not helping the cause. A bottle of 100% orange juice with no added sugar is considered worse for you than a bottle of diet pepsi? The cranberry juice that is now in the cafeteria is sweetened by high fructose corn syrup. I will just be buying my drinks from outside vendors from now on.

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Katie October 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

I mainly stick to water. My husband used to be a soda addict but a few months ago he started drinking sparkling water or seltzer water. You can even carbonate your own with the Soda Stream machine. Sometimes he adds lemon to it. He's been doing this for awhile now and just this small, effortless change has helped him shed about 10lbs.

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donna October 3, 2014 at 8:52 am

Water with lots of lemon. Sometimes I add a slice of lime for a twist. It seems there is a craze starting with "fruit-infused water" so why not add oranges or raspberries too! It sure beats the artificial taste of non-sugar packets!

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Jennifer October 3, 2014 at 8:48 am

Coconut Water - hands down the best way to re-hydrate.

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Eric October 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

I prefer coconut water, aloe water or teas with no additives. Thanks!

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Betty Gilman October 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

I am a dedicated milk drinker and my milk of choice is skim. At home I save money by buying the dry milk and mixing it up by the pitcherful. At work, I usually purchase 16 oz of skim milk to go with my lunch. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED to find that the 16 oz bottles of milk have been discontinued. Purchasing two 8 oz. containers is awkward to carry and costs 20 cents more. That's a dollar more per week. That really adds up. If the healthy beverage initiative is supposed to encourage healthy choices and discourage unhealthy ones, they've got it backwards. Skim Milk in 8 oz containers and sugar laden Pepsi in 20 bottles! (I found that latter for sale this very morning in the cafeteria) What's wrong with this picture? Also, they're still selling chocolate milk.

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J G October 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

I love chocolate milk... but they could have healthier options for it in the cafeteria. I try to stay away from High Fructose Corn Syrup and that is the one offered in the cafeteria. there are healthier alternatives with chocolate milk than the ones they sell. I also like Water.. I drink lots of water. Choc milk is my once in a while splurge, and I try to make it the healthier one when I do.

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Madeline Jay October 3, 2014 at 10:25 am

The cafeteria also offers chocolate milk and it is yummy! Please keep this product as a beverage option.

Madeline Jay October 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

I meant to say that the cafeteria offers chocolate SOY milk.

Bonnie C October 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Betty - I bought a 16 oz bottle of milk, and saved the empty bottle. I re-fill it from home & bring it to work with me when I want milk during the day (not every day). Maybe a similar option would work for you (if you have access to a refrigerator at work?

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Kate October 3, 2014 at 8:39 am

Tea. I drink a lot of loose leaf tea, which has a totally different (and better!) taste than bagged. No sugar or cream necessary! (I will sometimes put honey in chamomile to sooth a sore throat and help cold symptoms)

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Bonnie C October 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I also buy loose tea, and in my brewing system I can add vanilla, spices (to make chai), or any other additives (like flavored syrup). Then when I brew it I have something special that didn't cost a lot of money!

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Elizabeth Rodriguez October 3, 2014 at 8:16 am

I have to keep a low-carb diet, so I try very hard to not "drink" calories or carbs. I usually stick with water, crystal light, coffee with skim milk, or diet soda. If I drink fruit juice (I rather eat the fruit!) I only have 4 oz.

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Ailea Barnett October 3, 2014 at 7:53 am

My favorite healthy drink is a fruitsmoothy that i make at home conataing one apple, one banana, one mango, and a cup guava nectur juice with a few ice cubes

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J G October 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

Yum!!

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Kelly Taley October 3, 2014 at 7:29 am

Green Tea or Water

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Brenda October 3, 2014 at 7:26 am

I drink lots of ice water and I love aloe vera drinks too.

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Ben Philosophe October 3, 2014 at 7:11 am

Vegetable juices such as V-8 would be great to have as choices. Low sugar fruit juices would also be good

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Madeline Jay October 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

I agree!

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Eric October 3, 2014 at 6:03 am

Seltzer with bitters, and sometimes citrus. I have a seltzer maker at my desk.

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