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Wellbody Recipe: Homemade Sodas and Sparklers sans Sugar
Pink Grapefruit - Pomegranate Pop. Cranberry Lime Spritzer. Watermelon Lime Spritzer.
Enjoy these refreshing, no-sugar recipes for cool, fizzy beverages – much better for your health than sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices.
By now, you've probably heard the bad news about sugar-sweetened villains. Slurping just one 12-ounce glass a day increases your risk of diabetes by 18 to 25 percent and the risk goes up the more you drink. Sugary beverages are also linked to heart disease, cancer, and of course, obesity; one study attributes 180,000 deaths a year to sugar-sweetened sodas around the world.
So skip the sugary beverages and instead, muddle berries in the bottom of a glass, add ice and sparkling seltzer or mineral water. More recipes below for no-sugar liquid inspiration. Cheers!
Pink Grapefruit - Pomegranate Pop
Cranberry Lime Spritzer: No Sugar Added (from Sugarfreemom.com)
• 2 cups natural cranberry juice, no sugar added
• 2 cups lime seltzer water
• 2 limes
• garnish: fresh cranberries, lime wedges
In a large pitcher pour the cranberry juice and seltzer water. Squeeze the juice of two limes into the pitcher. Add ice cubes, fresh cranberries and sliced lime to garnish to each glass. Serves 4.
Watermelon Lime Spritzer: No Sugar Added (from Sugarfreemom.com)
• 4 cups diced watermelon, seedless
• 12 ounces sparkling lime seltzer water, unsweetened
• 2 limes
• Optional: 2 droppers full of Watermelon Stevia liquid or sweetener of choice
Place your diced watermelon in the freezer for about 2 hours. Blend frozen, diced watermelon in your blender until smooth. (Strain the juice if you want to.) Add the juice of 1 lime and stevia and blend until mixed well. Slice the other lime into wedges to garnish glasses. Pour blended watermelon into 4 glasses Fill 3/4 of the glass with watermelon mixture. (if you want more carbonation, fill only 1/2 of the glass with the watermelon mixture). Carefully top off each glass by pouring sparkling lime seltzer into each to create foam, stir and enjoy!
Servings: 4* Calories per serving: 56* Fat: 0g* Cholesterol: 0g* Sodium: 2g* Carbs: 15g* Fiber: 2g* Sugars: 10g* Protein: 1g* Points+: 2*