Here it is
One of the most effective changes you can make to your diet (and perhaps one of the hardest) is to completely eliminate soft drinks.
The insane amount of sugar alone is just cause to give up the habit (heads up! if you drink diet sodas be aware that aspartame is an artificial sweetener found in many diet drinks and causes serious side effects).
For added emphasis, remember the old soak-a-dirty-penny-in-a-glass-of-coke experiment we all did in kindergarten? How the coke would eat through the hardened gunk on the coin? (I thought that was pretty cool as a kid!)
Let’s make the connection: that’s what sodas have been doing to the soft and highly absorbent lining of your intestines all this time!
I know that’s a bit graphic, but if you struggle with weight gain, acne, inability to concentrate, insomnia, eczema (sadly I could go on!) consider eliminating soft drinks from your diet for 3 weeks and see your symptoms improve, if not disappear altogether.
Yes it’s hard to give up sodas! After all there’s a reason so many people consume them. They’re addictive.
But don’t be discouraged. There is a solution.
Let me elaborate
The other day I was sipping on a can of carbonated water, mentally commenting on how delightful I found it’s fizzy texture, but that it was bland in flavor and left my palate quite wanting!
Well I got pretty excited when I remembered the Vanilla Creme stevia in the fridge and those ripe and ready strawberries on the counter.
A pour here and a plop there and a few droplets later… (what a weird combination of wording!) and Strawberry Cream Soda came into being. While I sipped on a very enjoyable and well-balanced bubbly concoction, I realized something about myself in that moment… And that is, if I wasn’t already supremely happy as a health coach and foodie fanatic I’d definitely want to be a chemist.
(It’s always good to have something to fall back on.)
But yes. Back to this cream soda stuff.
It’s red. It’s fizzy. It’s flavorful. It’s quite the appropriate drink for Valentine’s Day. Or any day that you’re rejecting the harmful effect of soft drinks!
Strawberry Cream Soda
1 can club soda / sparkling or seltzer water (make sure it’s a “clean” brand without any added flavorings or added sodium)
3 ripe strawberries (whole or sliced thin)
8-10 drops of Vanilla Creme flavored liquid stevia (you can use vanilla extract too – just be sparing and note that the flavor will be a bit stronger)
Combine all 3 ingredients in a pretty glass, or even better, a glamorous champagne flute!
An excellent alternative
This cream soda is an excellent alternative to soft drinks and alcoholic cocktails. Plus it’s pretty versatile too. To keep this beverage non-boring, here are some random ideas to change it up:
Add blueberries instead of, or in addition to, the strawberries, use a different liquid stevia flavor (such as caramel!). Use almond extract with chopped fresh cherries. Try adding a little coconut milk and crushed pineapple for a pseudo-pina colada. Hmm that might be stretching it a bit… but surprisingly the carbonation gives the drink a zing much like alcohol would. (If a pseudo-pina calada won’t cut it and you’re looking for a beyond-all-doubt pina colada, check out this recipe.)
In honor of Valentine’s Day next week, a lovely beverage and dessert combo would be this Strawberry Cream Soda with Amaretto Affections! (pictured below)