How Do I Replace Soda?
What do you do when you’re making healthy food and beverage choices and you just want something special? You’re probably asking…how do I replace soda? When you remember the not-so-good ole days when you’d reach for a can of soda when you’re thirsty, what do you do now? The answer is easier than you think. We’ll talk about three easy, healthy recipes you can make to treat yourself.
First, let’s talk about refreshment. Let’s say you just want a soda, but you don’t want all the sugar, fake sugar, salt and chemicals in your old go-to brand. Here’s a quick recipe for you to try. It’s easy to make: all you need is vanilla flavoring, a lemon, carbonated water and a sprig of mint (optional).
In an 8 oz glass, add ¼ – ½ tsp pure vanilla extract; ¼ lemon squeezed; fill with carbonated water and top off with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint. That’s it! Enjoy…it’s so refreshing, and really reminds me of an old fashioned cream soda but without the sugar!
Next, let’s make that already wonderful drink even healthier by adding some organic apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV. Start by adding a couple of teaspoons to the recipe above and work up to a tablespoon or even two. Apple cider vinegar is very healthy and may lower blood sugar levels! This makes it very important for diabetics and for people who want to keep their blood sugar at a healthy level. Some studies have shown that apple cider vinegar helps with weight loss which is good for everyone and a special benefit for diabetics who really need to keep their weight under control. It’s important to use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the “mother.” I like to use Braggs, and there is an organic ACV from Vermont I’ve seen that I want to try.
Our third recipe is one people of all ages will enjoy and kids will enjoy making. Simply fill ¼ of a glass with your favorite non-sweetened fruit juice. Top it off with carbonated water, and you have a fruit soda that’s sure to be a hit with kids. Plus…your kids get to choose which fruit juice they use in their special fruit soda!
As you can see, soda doesn’t have to cost a fortune and doesn’t have to destroy your health. You can even make your own carbonated water with a Soda Stream machine. That’s what I do!
Try making these three versions and even create your own soda concoctions. Part of healthy eating (and drinking) is being creative and trying different combinations of ingredients. Some will be hits, some will not, but it can be a fun adventure and will certainly lower your sugar intake while still giving you great refreshment. You will never again ask, “How do I replace soda!”
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC