Hey everyone! It’s Shira here, your LaurenConrad.com nutritionist contributor. Today I’m here to talk about the latest healthy sip. And nope, it’s not coconut water… Several years and a ubiquitous Jessica Alba ad campaign later, coconut water is still the kale of beverages. It seems brands have taken note and are serving up some healthy competition.

Since most of my clients start off by saying “I know I need to drink more water,” I’m always on the hunt for new ways to make hydrating less of a chore.  And the reality is, most people prefer drinking flavored water. So, I wanted to check out the newest wave of enhanced beverages. And here they are…

Water Melon Water by WTRMLN WTR

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What is it?
This hot pink drink AKA “summer in your mouth,” is made from just three ingredients: 100% raw watermelon flesh, watermelon rind, and lemon.

Benefits
The 12oz bottle packs nearly double the potassium of a single banana. And since potassium is crucial for maintaining fluid balance, WTRMLN WTR makes for an A+ option for replenishing after a sweaty endurance workout. It’s also loaded with lycopene a powerful antioxidant, and citrulline, an amino acid that improves circulation.

My take
Since WTRMLN WTR has around the same sugar content as coconut water (12g per 8fl oz), it’s better suited as a refreshing workout recovery drink than for causal sipping.

Maple Water by DrinkMaple

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What is it?
Maple water is the naturally occurring fluid that circulates in maple trees, which is typically boiled down to make maple syrup.

Benefits
Because maple water is pulled up from the soil, it’s packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients like manganese, a key player in protection against free radicals. Research also suggests that the abscisic acid (ABA) in maple water may actually promote blood sugar control, so your energy levels will stay steady instead of rocketing then plummeting.

My take
Believe it or not, maple water has half the sugar of coconut water (4g per 8fl oz), meaning it’s an amazing option for hydrating throughout the day.

Artichoke Water by ARTY

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What is it?
This slightly sweet, slightly savory blend is a unique mix of pressed artichoke, mint, pandanus leaf (an herb used in Thai cuisine), and agave.

Benefits
Artichokes are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, anthocyanins in particular. Because anthocyanins protect body tissues from oxidative damage, they play a large role in maintaining a dewy, youthful glow.

My take
Since the agave adds 10g of sugar, you’re probably better off eating this veggie in meal-form.

So there you have it! Now you will know all about these trendy up-and-coming health waters when you start to see people sipping them at the gym or your local juice bar (which I’m sure will be very soon).

Will you try any of these waters?

What’s your favorite drink for hydrating post-workout?

Leave your two cents below!

Xx, Shira Lenchewski, MS, RD

 

Photos: WTRMLN WTR via Twitter, Shira Lenchewski via Instagram, Artywater via Instagram
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