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Posted on Apr 3, 2014

Spring Refreshments

Spring Refreshments

Carbonated drinks are often associated with a variety of health problems such as obesity, weakened bones, and nutrition deficiencies. What many don’t realize is that combined with the right recipes, carbonated water is pretty harmless and fairly healthy for you.

Unlike many other carbonated beverages, sparkling water is sugar and calorie free. It hydrates, and the filtered water that is carbonated will keep your body from calcium depletion or tooth erosion. Many times, it is the ingredients that go into carbonated drinks that cause potential health risks – not the carbonation itself. For example, the sugars in conjunction with carbonation cause the beverages to become acidic – which in turn result in tooth decay.

The right mixtures combined with sparkling water can actually promote a healthy lifestyle by keeping you hydrated and helping you lose weight. The water will help contribute to your weight loss efforts by making you feel full faster and keeping you from overeating. The extra hydration will help your body’s process of flushing out toxins move along further. Not only that, but the carbonated water is just as delicious as plain filtered water and it too will keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Start with plain filtered water and carbonate the water yourself with a home carbonation system. Club soda and store bought carbonated water often contain added sodium and sugar. By doing it yourself, you know exactly what is going into your drink. Next, try one of our recommended recipes below with your carbonated water to add some spark to your sparkling water!

 

Red Delicious

For something simple and refreshing, this recipe is perfect for an after work drink. Coconut water not only hydrates and aids in weight loss, digestion, and reducing blood pressure, but it is also perfect for acne and blemish prone skin due to its rich nutrient content. Paired with basil, this is also a great healthy drink as the leaves contain nutrients essential for cardiovascular health!

½ cup filtered carbonated water

½ cup chopped watermelon

½ cup fresh coconut water

½ cup chopped strawberries

2 lemon wedges

Basil

Add your watermelon and coconut juice together in a blender. Squeeze your lemon wedges into the mixture and blend until you have a smooth consistency. Add your freshly filtered carbonated water into the mix and stir. Add in the chopped strawberries and top with basil. You are now ready to kick back and enjoy the rest of your day!

 

Not So Rude Awakening

This recipe is soft on your body and none of the ingredients are as overwhelming as they may seem to appear. Pairing lemon with cayenne pepper and jalapenos, this drink will act as a natural detoxifier as it stimulates the circulatory system and aids in regulating blood sugar. It is also a perfect kick-starter to get your metabolism running! The lemon will also help shift the pH in your body back into your favor.

1 cup filtered carbonated water

½ cup juiced pineapple

2 lemon wedges

1 jalapeno (sliced to perfection)

1 tsp Cayenne pepper

Mix the filtered carbonated water, pineapple juice, and cayenne pepper together in a cup with ice. Add in the lemon and jalapeno slices and stir. Drink up and you will feel ready to take on the excitement of a new day!

 

Tropical Sunset

For a sweet treat, try this drink with mango and banana! Mangoes help lower cholesterol levels while alkalizes your entire body due to its tartaric acid, malic acid, and citric acid contents. Bananas are an extremely powerful health fruit because they help sustain your blood sugar, protect your heart, improve your mood, give you the best amount of energy for a work out, and keep you from building muscle cramps.

½ cup filtered carbonated water

½ cup orange juice

½ cup chopped mangoes

1 chopped banana

Orange wedge

Ice (blended)

Add the ice, orange juice, mango, and banana into a blender and blend until the mixture has a smooth consistency. Add the mixture and filtered carbonated water into a cup and top off with an orange wedge.

 

Day by the Pool

For a lazy day by the pool, this drink has just the right amount of kick to keep you feeling both energized and relaxed. Mint is a great palate cleanser as well as an aid in the digestion process. The strength of the mint also helps keep nausea, headaches, and coughs away. Pair that with honeydew juice – which contains the highest vitamin C content among melons –to aid in fighting disease causing bacteria in your body. Honeydew also lessens the risk of heart problems as it works to maintain a functional heart.

½ cup filtered carbonated water

½ cup juiced honeydew melon

Mint leaves

Cucumber slices

Combine ice, filtered carbonated water, and honeydew juice into a cup and mix well. Add in cucumber slices and mint leaves for that extra kick!

 

Sweet Sangria

And just for our wine lovers, this is the perfect non-alcoholic “sangria.” It’s sweet and sour and the best drink you can have in your hand for a perfect evening on your outdoor patio! The juices from the tea and pomegranate give your drink the perfect mixture of sweet and acidity found in many red wines. Not only that, but the cinnamon will help keep away the common cold!

½ cup filtered carbonated water

½ cups hot water

½ cups pomegranate juice

¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 teabag

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon honey

1 lemon wedge

3 apple slices

2 pineapple slices

½ cup fresh cranberries

Pour hot water over tea bag and cinnamon stick and steep for a few minutes. Throw away the teabag and honey and mix until it is of a smooth consistency. Add pomegranate and orange juice. Add in the pineapple, lemon, cranberries, and apple and let sit overnight. When you are ready to enjoy, stir in your self filtered carbonated water and drink!

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