From fermented sippers to nutritious drink pouches, natural brands are going beyond mainstream expectations of what is deemed a healthy beverage. These products break the beverage mold, delivering much more to our bodies than electrolytes and needless sugar.
These beverage brands proudly displayed their creations at the 2017 Natural Products Expo West this month in Anaheim, Calif., and we took note. Here are 12 that stood out:
Founded by rock climbers looking for energy at the crag, this beverage blends the slightly sweet flavor of coconut water with organic black tea. What sets Beach apart is their brewing method. The company cold-brews the tea in the coconut water, which allows the flavor to fully permeate throughout the beverage. Also available: coffee cold-brewed in coconut water. Beach is working to source organic coconut water, too.
It seems a little odd. Water packaged in an aluminum can. But the founders of Green Sheep say that aluminum is a much better choice for packaging than plastic. While plastic degrades with each recycling round, aluminum can be infinitely recycled while maintaining its quality. Aluminum is also recycled more often and more efficiently than plastic. Green Sheep's new product, Sparkling Water, is a pleasantly effervescent, USA-made beverage.
A delicious sipper that closes the gap between beer and the bubbly fermented tea. The bitter flavors of dried hops play off grapefruit's tartness.
A super delicious kombucha (in some states, this must be sold as alcohol, even though it may contain just 0.5 percent alcohol, give or take) spiked with gingery flavor. Those cute pups on the packaging, by the way? They're rescue dogs available for adoption on Kombucha Dog's website.
Makers of delicious grass-fed yogurt branch into the beverage category with this creamy, fruity line called Lush. Each bottle contains one full serving of vegetables. Our favorite flavor? The orange-hued Peach, Ginger, Pumpkin & Carrot.
I was under the impression that pouches intended for adults were old news. But NOKA is a wonderful product that offers whole-food nutrition for on-the-go folks. Think USDA Organic banana, blueberry, apple, beet juice concentrate, flax seeds, brown rice protein, lemon juice, maqui berry and blueberry. All for 110 calories, 4 grams of protein and a reasonable 15 grams of sugar.
The milk alternative of choice in Sweden, this beverage brand is just now emerging in the U.S. It’s a smooth, creamy substitute. Plus, we love how Oatly provides a ton of information about their company online, including a detailed overview of the manufacturing process.
Picnik was first a brick-and-mortar restaurant and café based in Austin, Texas that caters to customers with dietary restrictions. The café became so famous for its butter coffee, which included grass-fed butter and MCT coconut oil, that it launched this product. The ready-to-drink grocery version also contains grass-fed whey protein.
A dairy-free milk with half the sugar of cow's milk, and remarkably, 50 percent more calcium. Now available in a single-serve box.
Already big fans of this product (Sherpa Power won a NEXTY Award in 2016), we were impressed with the beverage's new brand packaging, which reminds us of a cross between a mandala and a shield. Also cool: Sherpa Power is sweetened with yacon syrup, a low-cal, low-glycemic option, and each flavor contains the adaptogenic herbs amla and ashwagandha.
This easy-to-consume beverage is tiny—but it contains big ingredients. The yellow-tinted immunity-boosting shot features a beautiful blend of ginger root, echinacea, turmeric root, black pepper, lemon and pineapple. Other flavors, such as Digestive Balance, has inside coconut water, coconut meat, coconut kefir and added probiotics. Totally organic ingredients make this new product a win!
Beautiful packaging paired with a delicious product? We’re in! Made in Hawaii and Bend, Oregon, this small brand slings water kefir, a non-dairy, probiotic-rich bubbly beverage spiked with organic roots, fruits and herbs. Our favorite flavor was Original Root Beer, water kefir infused with dried roots and vanilla for a toasty, soda-like flavor.
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