We often hear that sodas are loaded with sugar, chemicals, and artificial ingredients, wreaking havoc on our health and leaving us feeling sluggish. Yet sipping a refreshing, fizzy drink can’t be beat. If you’re trying to break away from your soda habit, a healthy soda alternative is definitely the way to go!
My Watermelon Fizz is not only fizzy and refreshing, it’s easy to make and boasts more health benefits than that can of diet soda ever could.
Check this out:
- Watermelon – Aptly named, this fruit is almost 92% water yet it’s chalk full of nutrients boasting significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.
- Lime – Limes are immune boosting powerhouses due to their potent mix of vitamin C, antioxidants, and compounds called limonoids that have been shown to fight several types of cancer cells in the body. Limes aid digestion, reduce inflammation, and can even brighten and soften the skin.
- Mint – This herb has been used for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties that seem to help alleviate everything from bad breath and digestive issues to memory loss and respiratory disorders. Mint’s versatility in both sweet and savory dishes makes it one of the more easily incorporated herbs. (For tips on planting your own mint and an easy DIY herb garden, check out this article from Chef Gui Alinat).
- Club Soda – The primary advantage of club soda is that it’s free of sugar, calories, and artificial ingredients, yet it provides that bubbly, effervescent sensation many of us crave on a hot summer day.
You can still enjoy your fizzy drinks without the downside of typical sodas by adding a splash of club soda to your own homemade fruit and herb infused beverages. The options are endless… but here’s the recipe for Watermelon Fizz to get you started:
Prep: 5 minutes | Blend: 20 seconds | Yield: 8 servings
•2 cups cubed watermelon chunks
•¼ cup fresh lime juice
•¼ cup fresh mint leaves
•2 cups club soda
•1 tbsp (or less) raw, local honey
1. Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour into small glasses filled with ice and garnish with a wedge of watermelon and sprig of lime. Enjoy!
In Love & Gratitude,
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