Some Drinks That I Give My Seal of Approval

I didn’t want to sound like the voice of doom and gloom about all your favorite drinks in my last post- so below are a few choices I like. J

By the way- notice many of these drinks have a purpose, like proving tranquility and headache relief. Kombucha has B vitamins and probiotics. Coconut water is full of potassium and electrolytes and great for hydration. The fizzy spritzers don’t really have a purpose per se- but they are fun to drink when you want something that tastes bubbly and to replace all those nasty colas you might have been drinking for years. J Let us say goodbye to the poison!

We also have to keep working on shifting our perspective that anything we put in our body should be nourishing and helpful. Many of us have drink habits because we are used to drinking certain things for taste. Remember bad habits can and should be broken!

Here are beverages I approve of:

GT/Synergy Kombucha*

High Country Kombucha

* It is best to get the simple, non-fruity flavors like Trilogy (my fav), Gingerade, Original and Green. Trilogy, at 2 grams of sugar for 2 servings in a bottle has only 4 grams of sugar. Some of the flavors like Strawberry Serenity (whatever the cutesy name is) or Citrus have 16-18 grams of sugar a bottle! That is a big difference!

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Drink (even though it sounds gross! :-) )

Vita Coco coconut water

ONE coconut water


R.W. Knudsen Spritzers

Knudsen’s concentrated cranberry juice (to mix with water. This is the only pasteurized juice I occasionally recommend).


Seltzers and carbonated waters with lemon or lime flavors (the label should say ONLY carbonated water with natural lemon/lime flavor)

* Buy wine that has no added sulfites. It will process cleaner through your body. My favorite wine shop in NYC is Le Du’s wines (, which ships nationwide. They now have green and blue labels to signify their organic and biodynamic wines!

Here are a few that I still have a thing or two I would change, but they are not as horrific, shall we say, as some other beverages out there. They have served as good transition drinks for some of my clients:

Teas’ Tea (white tea flavor)


Tazo (iced teas- this is a good one for weaning clients off coffee)

Itoen Sencha shot (however it does come in an aluminum can)

Guayaki Yerba Mate (please note yerba mate does contain caffeine)

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

All my very best, Kimberly



Last updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
  • Elise Collins

    Thanks Kim!
    Ha today is my Birthday and as I am reading this I am splurging on raw chocolate and a Kombucha. I am drinking Kombucha Botanica Green Passion w/ E3 live. Kombucha Botanica is made in Santa Cruz California

    • kimberlysnyder

      Wow, Happy Birthday!!!! You must be a Pisces! You should take some time to meditate on your year ahead, and what your personal and health goals are for yourself. :)

      • Elise Collins

        I am a Pisces, Thanks and I will meditate on my upcoming year, especially personal and health goals.

  • Michele

    What about Honest Teas?

    • kimberlysnyder

      They are okay- but lots of cane sugar high up on the ingredient list. I like how the Tea’s Teas are unsweetened.

  • Jenny

    You’re so cute Kim!! I love that you do this blog for everyone!! Very kind of you! 😀

    • kimberlysnyder

      Thanks Jenny! :)

  • susan

    No zico coconut water?

    • kimberlysnyder

      Sorry I forgot to add them- they are good also!

      • Shay

        WHEW! So glad they get the seal of approval. I think I broke out in a sweat for a second there. Love those guys. (Thanks, susan!)

      • Andrea

        oh phew…I was wondering the same thing as I sit here sipping my zico coconut water =)

  • Lauren

    Trilogy is my favorite too! :)

  • morgan

    Love kombucha! It actually help my boyfriend and me out a lot, because we’d come home in the evenings and usually had a beer or two before going to fix dinner (and then crash out). We both like the flavor of the (not sweet) kombuchas, and found that we liked them just as much–if not more than–the beer as an “unwind treat”! Plus I know at least I feel better.

    Good stuff!

  • Dawn

    Hey Kimberly,
    Would you write a post on supplements and the ones that you recommend for raw foodies, vegans, and anyone!
    Thanks :)

  • Rachel

    Kombucha is the shiznit. Although the Synergy brand (I think that’s the brand… the one with Trilogy and all that) has exploded on me twice even though I was a very careful. :( I still drink it though. It hasn’t done that for a few months but I admit that I get a little squeamish every time I open a bottle.

    Another fun thing I like to do is take a few tablespoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and put it in water and add a couple drops of Stevia Extract (NOW brand… good stuff). Very refreshing and has a similar cleansing feeling that you get from Kombucha.

  • Katherine

    Hey Kim,
    I wanted to say first and foremost, I love your BLOG!!!! I was wondering how you felt about Naked Juice? I personally love THE GREEN MACHINE kind… is a list of whats inside: The fruit-
    5 3/4 apples, 1 banana, 1 kiwi fruit, 3/4 mango & a hint of pineapple. The boost inside- spirulina 2600mg, chlorella 800mg, spinach 200mg, blue green algae 100mg, garlic 100mg, barely grass 150 mg, wheat grass 150mg, ginger 100mg & parsley 100mg. Now I sometimes become skeptical about pre packaged drinks and their claims. I would gladly appreciate your opinion on this Brand. Thanks Again for your Blog!

  • maria

    Hi Kimberly.
    You recommend almond milk, right ? In smoothies….
    What about quinoa milk ?

  • Esop

    I like reading your blog, Kim – it’s like… another world.

    Come to think of it, a lot of the people I’ve recently been paying any of my valuable attention to appear to live in a seperate dimension altogether! Love it.

    Thanks for the recommendations; that Apple Cider one sounds interesting. I’ve drank the stuff straight no problem many a time (though in moderation, lol) and yet still shudder at the thought of tackling any more than the small amouont necessary.

    Then I realise that’s nothing more than an overactive-imagination-scenario, and what you’re recommending is most probably going to kick ass.

    …in a peaceful and empowering way.

  • Jamie

    Hi Kimberly,

    I was wondering what your thoughts are on the recent recall of GT Dave’s Kombucha from Whole Foods? I am really missing it and calling every store around to find some. I would really like to make my own, but I am not sure where to buy the scoby as none of the places on the web give me a lot of confidence. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?

    Thanks so much,

  • Antheia

    I like to drink the local brands of kombucha like Buddha’s Brew when I am in Austin and BAO when I am in NYC.

  • Kate

    Hey Kim, first off I love your blog, tweets, and book! I’ve been following all your advice and feel absolutely amazing! I especially love the glowing green smoothie! Anyways, I was wondering what you thought of vitamin water zero? Or the calorie-free Sobe life water? Are these okay to drink?

    • kimberlysnyder

      HI Kate, great! And no, I don’t like either of those drinks, or any drinks that contain crystalline fructose, sucrose, etc.

  • Michelle Rdz

    Hi ! Kimberly, I have a question, what do you think about water kefir ???? By the way your book is changing my life and I find my self craving raw fresh vegetables now !!! 😀 Do you think this is a good way of getting probiotics ??

    • kimberlysnyder

      That’s great Michelle! I like coconut kefir, not sure about water kefir? Hmm. But yes the kefir bacterial cultures are helpful! xx

  • Natasha

    Hi! What about Grace’s Coconut water, because, ONE has shiny packing and is TOTALLY overpriced. What about Vitamin Water Ten? It has Stevia (well they’re version, truvia or something)

  • Lisa

    Is it okay to drink reg tea no sweeteners or green tea? I usually buy the green tea packs at sprouts to put in my bottle water. Plain no sweeteners. Just wondering if I’m ok with that.

    Thanx for your help

  • catherine

    hey yall
    GT’s Enlightened Citrus now has only 4g sugars per bottle
    happy (low-sugar) sipping!

  • Dominique Begnaud

    I completely changed my lifestyle and followed everything in your book and felt AmaZING! at first felt like i was missing out on so much, but then my skin cleared up and i began to research vegan recipes and it all made so much sense. I love kombucha and didnt see anything about it in your book that I read, the beauty detox solution, so was a bit concerned it wasnt allowed. I see from the blog however, that it is. I was curious if it matters when I drink it??

  • Kelsey

    Hi Kim,

    Question for you – can you drink Kombucha on Phase I of your diet? Or will it interfere with killing candida?

  • Kelsey

    Hi Kimberly,

    Question for you – can you drink kombucha on phase I of your diet or will it interfere with killing candida?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Kelsey, everyone has different opinions about this. I would just try it and see how you feel. If it makes you feel more sensitive, then hold off until a later phase.

  • Shelly

    Hi Kim,

    Love your book and your blog. Do you recommend making your own Kambucha? Any you tube video or website you recommend to make one?
    Keep up the great work!

    Thank you!