Soda. Nearly half of Americans drink it every day. And while we know it’s bad for us – filled with high fructose corn syrup, food dyes, caffeine and empty calories, not to mention being linked to everything from obesity to cancer - we just can’t seem to stay away from the sugary goodness. Of course, our kids love the stuff too.
So what is a person or parent to do?
Try making your own carbonated cocktail at home using seltzer water and your favorite fruit juice. Use a simple 2:1 ratio of seltzer to juice and volia, you have a delicious beverage that even your kiddies will enjoy.
Mix orange juice and seltzer for a homemade Orangina or try apple juice and seltzer for your very own sparkling cider. No matter the combo be sure to always use 100% real juice, not juice drink, and if you are pregnant or nursing be make sure your juice is pasturized.
Making your own “healthy soda” at home can also be a great way to reduce the amount of sugar consumption you and your family are getting from regular juices.
If you're drinking soda because of the caffeine, try giving yourself a more natural boost by either taking vitamin B-12, having a warm cup of ginseng tea, or sneaking in a quick workout to get the endorphins going. Kicking the caffeine habit can be tough so slowly integrating caffeine alternatives into your daily routine can help prevent caffeine withdrawals and help ensure longer term success.