7 Healthy Base Drinks for Nutrition Month Beverages
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7 Healthy Base Drinks for Nutrition Month Beverages

By: Lauren Landry

Here’s a list of nutritious base drinks that you can use for beverages this March.

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National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign in March started by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And during this month, everyone is encouraged to develop healthy eating habits along with physical activity routines. With that said, it is pretty fitting for food businesses to highlight food and drinks that have healthy ingredients this month.

As for boba tea shops, you can create a limited-edition menu that features a wide selection of yummy, nutritious beverages. With that said, you will need to use base drinks that are considered healthy and packed with lots of vitamins and minerals.

You can also use them as the base drink for unique flavors for March. Here are the top seven base drinks that you can consider, most of which are readily available from a boba supply store:

1. Mint Tea
2. Green Tea
3. Soy Milk or Almond Milk
4. Fat-Free Milk
5. Lemon or Orange Juice
6. Coconut Water
7. Vegetable and Fruit Smoothies

#1 Mint Tea

Aside from its cooling properties, mint can also help relax muscles, reduce fever, combat the common cold, and prevent nausea. Mint tea can help with digestion as it promotes the movement of food through one’s digestive system. 

You can use mint tea as a base for a variety of drinks – you can offer it as is or add some popping pearls to add texture and flavor. It’s an excellent base for either milk or chocolate drinks as well.

#2 Green Tea

Green tea is also known to be a healthy drink because it is rich in natural antioxidants and polyphenols that protect cells from carcinogens and toxins. It promotes heart health by relaxing blood vessels and mitigating the risk of blood clots.

Just like mint tea, green tea is perfect as a base drink for milk and chocolate drinks. It matches well with the bitterness of coffee drinks too. It can also be offered with either popping pearls or brown sugar boba for texture and a fuller flavor.

#3 Soy Milk or Almond Milk

Next up are two types of healthy alternatives to full cream milk. Soy milk is ideal for vegan drinks as it helps lower bad cholesterol levels and is rich in protein and fiber. The fortified version contains more vitamins A and D and calcium.

On the other hand, almond milk is an excellent source of vitamins E and D. It is also rich in protein and low in calories and also has a fortified version. Both milk alternatives are perfect base ingredients for basically any type of cold and hot drinks, whether you want to create a healthier boba tea, milkshake, or coffee.

#4 Fat-Free Milk

As for non-vegan drinks, fat-free milk is a good base ingredient. It contains vitamin D, calcium, protein, carbohydrates, and some fat, all of which reduce food cravings and stabilize blood sugar levels. It has less saturated fat, which has been found in studies to raise bad cholesterol and put you at a higher risk for heart diseases.

Fat-free milk is perfect for coffee drinks, milkshakes, boba tea, and other types of healthy beverages that need some creamy flavor.

#5 Lemon or Orange Juice

Citrus fruits are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain nutrients that can help boost heart health and protect against cancer. Orange and lemon juice, in particular,  are excellent sources of vitamin C which can help promote a healthy immune system. These juices can help improve digestion and help protect you from different diseases. Plus, they provide such a refreshing taste to any drink.

Freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice are perfect base drinks for any tropical-inspired beverages, healthy mocktails, fruit slushies, and even milkshakes. They can also be used to add some refreshing zest to a variety of tea drinks.

#6 Coconut Water

Next up is another tropical ingredient with a great taste and natural sweetness. Coconut water is believed to help with urinary tract disease because it is a natural diuretic that helps the body flush out bacteria by urinating more frequently. Coconut water also contains potassium, which promotes heart health and regulates blood pressure levels. 

This tropical water can be used as a base drink for mocktails, lemonade, milk tea, boba tea, and a simple sparkling drink with popping pearls. 

#7 Vegetable and Fruit Smoothies

Finally, vegetables and fruits are undoubtedly very nutritious base ingredients for any drink. You can blend a variety of veggies and fruits together to create the ultimate healthy drink. These contain loads and loads of nutrients and vitamins. Green smoothies, in particular, contain insoluble fiber that can prevent bloating and help reduce the risks of diarrhea and constipation. 

Both vegetable and fruit smoothies can be used as a base ingredient for milk, coffee, tea, and juice beverages, and they complement coconut water too.




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