andLooking for dietitian-approved mocktail and non-alcoholic drinks? With wellness in the spotlight, the demand for delicious, healthier beverages is soaring. And the shift to non-alcoholic — or just less alcohol consumption in general — is a trend we’re here for.
Cutting back on alcohol can significantly reduce your risk of chronic diseases like liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer.
It can improve sleep quality, which directly impacts food cravings (especially for high-calorie, sugary ones) and your metabolic rate.
And ditching the booze can lead to better hydration, which helps maintain a healthy digestive system, preventing issues like constipation and bloating, amongst many other things.
So, whether you’re cutting back on alcohol or simply craving a refreshing option, we’ve got you covered. Discover our Registered Dietitian’s top picks that bring flavor without compromising your health and well-being. (But don’t forget to log them in the MyFitnessPal app!)
Dietitian-Recommended Non-Alcoholic Drink Brands
1. Ritual Zero Proof: For those who like the taste of liquor
With a wide range of alcohol-free spirits, Ritual Zero Proof allows you to enjoy the flavors and experience of your favorite cocktails without the alcohol content.
“I recommend this brand because it is the closest for 1:1 straight substitutions,” says Daisy Mercer. “They make non-alcoholic versions of whiskey, rum, gin, and tequila for your favorite mocktail recipe.”
2. hiyo: For those who need a good non-alcoholic drink for social settings
hiyo offers a variety of handcrafted, low-sugar, and non-alcoholic beverages made with organic ingredients.
“This drink comes in a can that looks like any regular drink and even has a nice botanical flavor but is really just sparkling water,” explains Daisy Mercer. “I know for some people, it feels hard to fit in at a party without a drink in hand, this is a great substitute that looks like a drink but contains no alcohol!”
3. Ghia: For those trying to reduce calories (and love a good spritzer)
Ghia is known for its sophisticated and herbaceous non-alcoholic aperitif. With natural botanicals and a complex flavor profile, it’s a good choice for those seeking a refined mocktail experience.
“Their spritzers are really unique and sophisticated,” shares Katherine Basbaum. “They come in several flavors including Lime & Salt, and Sumac & Chili and contain no artificial ingredients or added sugars. Additionally, they’re vegan, caffeine and gluten-free, and only 50 calories per can. The botanical extracts included intend to promote wellness and relieve anxiety.”
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4. Athletic Brewing: For those who love the taste of beer
A big hit with our Dietitians, Athletic Brewing specializes in craft non-alcoholic beers that deliver the same taste and experience as traditional beer, without the alcohol content.
“They offer a variety of options from lagers to IPAs to witbiers that actually taste like the real thing,” says Joanna Gregg.
“I love Athletic Brewing because it tastes extremely similar to alcohol-containing beer (especially the hazy IPA, in my opinion!), making it a great option for people who enjoy the flavor of beer. It also has on average only half the calories of alcoholic beer,” adds Emily Sullivan.
5. Fre Wine: For the wine lovers
Fre Wine offers a wide range of alcohol-removed wines that retain the flavors and aromas of traditional wines. From red to white to sparkling, you can find a non-alcoholic wine option for any occasion.
“I like to use this brand for making spritzers,” says Registered Dietitian Brookell White. “Try pouring the Brut over ice and add lime, basil, mint, and a splash of sparkling water for a delicious mocktail.”
6. OLIPOP: For the gut health fanatics
OLIPOP offers a selection of sparkling tonics infused with beneficial botanicals and prebiotics. These beverages are not only delicious but also support gut health.
“They have many flavors to pick from, are low in sugar and calories and have added fiber!” adds White.
Bottom Line: Bottoms Up!
Embracing non-alcoholic options doesn’t mean sacrificing taste or enjoyment.
By choosing these alternatives, you can reduce your alcohol consumption, support your overall well-being and still raise a glass to toast life’s moments.