With my new health regime, I decided to ditch all drinks with aspartame. Diet Coke has it in abundance, as does the majority of fizzy drinks sold to the public so to have a bubbly drink without it is quite rare. I didn’t fancy dieting to make myself look and feel better and still be adding nasty chemicals in my body? So it was time to try something a bit different whilst using the one iconic item that every household should have… The SodaStream!
My favourite drink of choice at the moment is blueberry and fig sparkle.
For this you need
- 150g of blueberries
- 4 fresh figs
- 2 tbsp of stevia (remember that, 1/3 of a tsp is equal to a tsp of sugar)
Liquidise the fruit together, pour it into a pan and simmer gently for about 15 mins. Then strain the pulp away from the juice using a cheesecloth, crushing as much as you can out of the pulp. Put the juice left back into the pan and add the stevia. Just simmer that until the stevia has dissolved.
You are then left with a beautiful syrup which you can add to freshly SodaStream fizzed iced water. It’s enough for a day or two but if you want to make bigger batches just multiply the ingredients once you’ve seen how long it lasts you initially. Also depends how strong you like your drinks. I like mine pretty weak but just add more syrup to your drink to make it fruitier.
Another fantastic way of making some unique tasting healthy drinks – sugar free syrups. The majority of these contain Splenda which is a much healthier alternative to aspartame. Although Stevia is a much better alternative to either sugar or Splenda since it stimulates insulin secretion.
My Chilled Chai Tea Bubbly is initially quite strange however, if you’re a fan of lemon tea then using Sugar Free Chai Tea Syrup from Da Vinci will be a breath of fresh air. Just make your SodaStream fizzy as usual, and pour over a full glass of ice topped with 3 large teaspoons of the syrup, then mix it up with a cocktail stirrer. Top with a sprig of mint. It’s beautiful when it’s ice cold and when you mix it, the light bubbles play delightfully off the ice cubes. If you’ve never tasted Chai Tea before then it might not be your thing but if you’re used to spicy warm nutmeg type mixes then you’ll love it to pieces. Just add more syrup to taste if it’s too weak.
The whole idea of me using the sugar free syrups were for me being a diabetic, you are normally only subjected to bog standard diet colas or diet lemonades and believe me, it gets boring. Diabetics can not only quench their thirsts using the multitude of these syrups but with the added household must have being the SodaStream, they can explore a whole new world of tastes and flavours to ignite their taste buds.
SodaStream syrups are pretty good calorie wise too if you are watching your weight. A 250ml glass of “Cosmopolitan” is just 37 calories compared to 99 calories in the alcohol laden version. Their “Mojito” is also a steal at 38 calories per 250ml compared to 111 calories with the real thing. With over 50 different syrups to try in the range, so many, you’ll never be stuck for an idea.
They also manufacture diet versions alongside sugar free versions that are sweetened with Stevia. Stevia Peach and Pear, Stevia Grapefruit and Stevia Orange grace the shelves of those people fed up with commercially available cans of sugar water, even the sporty amongst us can be treated to a delicious sugar free energy drink. Plus there’s no need to be a bodybuilder carrying 6L at a time home from the supermarket. One capful of syrup makes 1L of fizz, so no more waste with empty bottles and no more straining backs. No need to be unhealthy with a SodaStream in the kitchen!