For those of you who are ready for Spring but the snow is still falling, here is your chance to add some sunny citrus to your world. The markets are flooded with all kinds of oranges, lemons and limes right now. If you have a stuffy nose the extra vitamin C is helpful. Some of you might be trying to wean yourselves off of traditional, mass produced, industrial sodas. I know some of my Ten in ’10 pals are trying to clean up and shed the soda thing.
The thoughts of sunny citrus were provoked from a not so sunny realization:
I was stopped in my tracks by a blog post I read the other day at 5 Second Rule simply titled Soda. I really dig Cheryl’s blog. Her posts are well thought out, beautifully photographed and extremely informative. Being that I don’t watch TV or really listen to mass produced media, folks like Cheryl have become a great source of alerting me to current events. At least events regarding food! My daily news updates come in the form of reading my buddies blogs. Way more interesting!!
Reading her Soda post I became aware of the tax they are trying to impose on this sugar & chemical ridden, artificial beverage. From Cheryl’s post I clicked over to Mark Bittman’s article “A Sin we Sip Instead of Smoke?” Here he states:
“……Michelle Obama. And a growing number of public health advocates are pushing for even more aggressive actions, urging that soda be treated like tobacco: with taxes, warning labels and a massive public health marketing campaign, all to discourage consumption.”
Thats right folks. Perhaps one day we can decrease obesity in our children and help to prevent all the diabetes going on out there. No one is saying soda will go away. Can we just work together and start making some “right” choices? Let’s lead by example….for our children!
Call it soda, call it fizzy. Whatever you call this Skinny Citrus Fizz “soda” it’ll make you smile. For a few reasons.
- No High Fructose Corn Syrup
- No Artificial Flavors or Ingredients
- No landfill “fillers.”
- No bone leaching Phosphoric acid. (there is enough reason right there to squeeze your own lemon!)
- No scary Artificial Sweeteners
- Yes, to using fresh produce (Citrus)
- Yes, it’s as skinny as you want to make it. You can use pure Maple syrup (calories but natural ones) to Stevia (no calories)
- Yes, it’ll quench your thirst.
- Yes, it’s inexpensive.
- Yes, it is way more tasty than your average canned or bottled soda.
- Oh, and did I mention all natural with the bonus that your kids can drink it too! Mine consider it a treat!
I would rather eat my calories than drink them. I get way more satisfaction out of chewing and swallowing whole foods than sipping sugar. If I want to satisfy a sweet craving in the form of a drinky I would rather have some stevia sweetened Hot Cocoa, my Frozen Coffee Granita or a piping hot cup of tea (again sweetened with stevia.) Or this soda.
My kids have never been to a vending machine. They have never seen me at one either. I hope to think they never will. Something about my food and drink coming out of an automated box makes me cringe.
Do yourself a flavor favor, if you are going to buy soda in a can or a bottle be mindful of ingredients. Read them carefully. Some ingredients to look for in a store bought “healthier” soda might include:
- Carbonated Water
- Citric Acid: to give that tart flavor
- Fruit Juice: to lightly sweeten and flavor=a few grams of carbs. This is way better than 20-30 grams of carbs (refined sugars or High Fructose Corn Syrup) found in traditional soda.
- A natural sweetener like Stevia (Won’t spike your blood sugar and is 0 calories)
- Remember: Ingredients you can identify and pronounce are the ones you want to sip.
I am not going to promote any individual sodas in this post because again, I do not drink them. Feel free to share your favorites in the comment section. I would love to learn your “go-to” pop of choice.
Skinny Citrus Fizz (Soda)
- Source Organic ingredients when available
- Shop for ingredients at the Family Fresh Cooking Amazon Store
- As always, use your own taste buds to determine how you want your fizzy drink to taste. My ingredient lists are wide open for interpretation! I would love to hear your version.
all you need:
- A tall glass, choose something kinda fancy if you wish!
- Chilled carbonated fizzy water.
- Sweetener of choice: I use my NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops, Agave and Pure Maple Syrup work too (remember they add some calories.
- Citrus of choice: Add a twist of Lemon, Lime or Orange to your fizz. Use ‘em all if you wanna be crazy!
- Optional: Ice, a sprinkle of Spice (cinnamon, ginger, etc.), a twist of salt, a splash of another favorite juice, a few drops of vanilla, coconut or any extract.
- Easy peasy, fill your glass with ice.
- Add your fizzy water.
- Squirt some Orange, Lemon or Lime in your glass.
- Sweeten to taste.
- Sip and enjoy!
Fresh for the Kids
Little kids will have fun making their own fizzy drink. Cut up pieces of lemon, lime and orange and let them interact and create their own drink. Let them squeeze and taste as they go. Measure out maple or agave for them to pour in. Give ‘em silly straws and swizzle sticks to stir with. Just make sure they don’t wipe their eyes with citrusy hands. Ouch!