Have you made the resolution to give up soft drinks for health drinks? Just because a beverage is labeled as a health drink doesn't mean it's the best drink for your situation. The following tips will help you make good decisions as you choose health drinks. Before we get started, you need to establish why you need the health drink. Are you replacing a meal? Recovering from a hard workout? Are you drinking to rehydrate after an intense cardio workout or to deal with the weather? Or did you just want a drink? You always want to check health drink labels to make sure they really are all natural and made from good fruits and veggies, but you'll also want to match needs and ingredients as follows. If you're drinking the health drink as a meal replacement, you will want to take into account calories. Make sure the health drink falls inside your diet calorie parameters. Any good meal replacement health drink will be high in protein and somewhat low in sugar. Choose fat over sugar, and if possible, choose a drink that actually contains some fiber (or mix in a little Metamucil). if the meal replacement has fat, fiber, and protein, you'll feel full longer. If you've just finished a weight lifting routine, you'll need a recovery drink with lots of protein. You can buy prepared recovery drinks or make your own with protein powder. If you need to hydrate after a tough cardio workout, you’ll want water, sugar, and electrolytes more than anything else. If you're just looking for a thirst-quencher, look for a low-cal, all natural health drink. You want to leave room in your diet for calories you get to eat, rather than drinking all your calories. Have fun checking out the many different health drinks as you work towards a healthier you.