Contrary to what you might have heard, you actually can have certain drinks other than water during an Intermittent Fast without ruining your results.
In fact, all items that I'm sharing in today's blog are 100% in line with the Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle protocols.
Scroll down for the top 10 best drinks that you can have while Intermittent Fasting (and still see results).
1. Water or Sparkling Water
During a fast, we tend to lose a lot of water and sodium, making it very important to replace lost water and electrolytes during (and after) the fast. A good rule of thumb is to aim for drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you're exercising, you may want to add an additional 16-20 ounces to this number.
Sparkling water that doesn't contain any additives or sweeteners is a great way to switch up your usual hydration routine during your fast.
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2. Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar diluted in water will not break a fast. In fact, strategically sipping on diluted apple cider vinegar right before you break your fast may even help improve fasting blood glucose levels.(1) This is why The Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle utilizes a diluted apple cider vinegar drink, called the ACV Sipper, 15 minutes before breaking the fast.
3. Black Coffee
Black coffee is rich in beneficial antioxidants. Assuming you're using caffeinated coffee, you also get the benefits of natural appetite suppression which can be useful when you first start Intermittent Fasting.
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4. Unsweetened Caffeinated Tea
Just like coffee, unsweetened tea, such as green or black tea, is rich in antioxidants and naturally contains caffeine. If you aren't a fan of coffee, you can get similar perks with tea during the fast.
5. Ginger Tea
Fresh ginger tea is an amazing tool to help promote gut health during the fast. Ginger helps to activate the gut cleaning process called the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC). The MMC flushes out left behind food and bacteria that can lead to bloating.
I love using fresh ginger tea at the beginning of my fast right after dinner to help support gut health.
6. Coffee With Certain Creamers
Some creamers contain zero grams of carbs or protein and can be used in small amounts in coffee or tea. My favorite to use during the fast is Nutpods. However, you can also use small amounts of certain flavors of Lairds.
7. Water With 1/4 Lemon
In order to follow the "one gram rule", it's important to stick to 1/4 lemon or less. But lemon on its own has similar blood sugar stabilizing benefits as apple cider vinegar. So if you find you can't tolerate diluted apple cider vinegar, you could test out lemon water instead.
8. Mint Tea
Mint is a natural appetite suppressant, making it a great tool to use in the evening to help reduce cravings for dessert. Mint tea also contains zero caffeine so you can have it at any time of the day.
9. Water With LMNT Electrolytes
Electrolytes are often quite necessary when Intermittent Fasting. During the Intermittent Fast, the body loses a lot of water and sodium. This can result in headaches, low energy and muscle fatigue. I personally only use LMNT electrolytes because they were specifically designed with Intermittent Fasting, lower carb eating and athletes in mind.
Plus, LMNT has zero sugar and tastes so dang good.
To ensure you don't break the "one gram rule", I like to stick to the following flavors of LMNT during the fast:
You can find LMNT electrolytes HERE.
10. Pickle Juice
Yup, you read that right. Pickle juice.
Depending on the brand, at 3.5 ounces, pickle juice contains less than 1 gram of carbohydrates, about 500mg sodium, 170mg potassium and 23mg calcium. Because pickle juice contains less than one gram of carbohydrate, it will not spike insulin and therefore it won't break a fast. In fact, due to pickle juice's relatively high electrolyte level, it might even have some added perks for your Intermittent Fast. Just make sure the brand you're using doesn't contain any added sugar, otherwise that will break a fast.
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