YES, I’m calling them sodas because we were in America over January and the word has a certain nostalgia to it.
But, anyway… Why sugar-free?
Glen and I have been sugar-free for a little while now. After returning from that trip to America, we had both put on a few kilos and I had previously been toying with the idea of going sugar-free to see if it benefitted my health.
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So after much discussion and some research, we decided to experiment and trial Sarah Wilson’s eight-week I Quit Sugar program.
Sarah Wilson’s IQS is a program she developed through her own experimentation and research and, ultimately, became a way to optimize her health and reduce factors that negatively influenced her autoimmune disease.
You can find out more info and buy the program through her website [here]. She’s an interesting read.
Anyway, the idea of no more sugar was daunting and, in all honesty, I didn’t think we’d actually get through the program. But we did and it wasn’t as hard as I expected. We’ve now been sugar-free for more than two months and have no interest in going back.
For me, the benefits have been huge. I have heaps more energy, no longer feel the need for afternoon naps, feel lighter and less bloated, my skin looks clearer and I lost those cheeky few kilos that had crept on. Glen is the same.
I don’t feel like I’m missing out on sweet stuff or depriving myself of well-deserved treats.
Don’t get me wrong, I still go out for coffee and dinner and I’ll appreciate those scrumptious looking cakes or desserts, but I don’t have any desire to eat them. And, of course, we still eat fruit.
Instead I get really excited about the possibilities of making and creating delicious sugar-free recipes. I’ve had a fun time experimenting with flavours, ingredients and other people’s recipes, which I’ll share in later posts.
So, for today, here are my top five sugar-free soda recipes. They’re a great, fun, guilt-free bubbly.
1. My all time favourite – Berry Bang
Pick a few mints leaves and drop into a glass. Grab a small handful of frozen berries and drop on top of the mint. Fill the glass with sparkling mineral water and, using a spoon, bang the berries around to release their juice.
2. Just like Nanna used to make – Lovely Lemonade
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon (or whole depending on strength desired) into a glass. Add half a teaspoon of stevia. Fill the glass with sparkling mineral water and mix. Be warned the stevia does make it fizz up a bit so don’t fill all the way.
3. Some things were made for each other – Lime Loving Lemon
Squeeze the juice of half a lime and half a lemon into a glass. Add half a teaspoon of stevia. Fill the glass with sparkling mineral water and mix.
4. It doesn’t look appealing, but it’s great – Orange Outcast
A little stronger that the others this one uses the whole fruit. Squeeze the juice of an orange into a glass and fill the rest with sparkling mineral water. Sweet enough by itself.
5. Fun to watch and fun to drink – Giddy up Ginger
Peel and chop a small knob of ginger. Drop into a glass with half a teaspoon of stevia. Fill the glass with sparkling mineral water and mix. I tend to add a few mint leaves too.
** All stevia amounts as well as other ingredient quantities are adjustable. Play around and see what works for your taste buds.
My excessive use of alliteration is not so adjustable.
Bit by bit, I have been turning the Foreman household into a more sustainable and healthy place to be. I look forward to sharing that journey with you, from the food we create to the changes we make as we grow greener.
What did you think of Sarah’s bubbly creations? Do you have some recipes of your own you want to share? Leave a comment and share your creations.