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discovered the best soda substitute ever! Any other ideas?

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Created December 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM

I get so bored on just water and coffee but will not drink soda. Today I got carbonated water, dumped out 1/4 of the can, and poured in a bit of POM juice. It is delicious and a great soda substitute. Sure the 1/5 cup of POM isnt the healthiest thing ever... but not too bad either!

Anyone else have any drink favorites that are healthyish and tasty?

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415 · December 21, 2012 at 5:45 AM

What's POM? Anyway, you might want to look up fermented ginger-ale, root beer and cola. That was how they were originally made before carbonated water came along. I don't miss it enough myself to put forth the effort. It sounds like it'd taste good though. I love fermented veggies!

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615 · December 21, 2012 at 5:09 AM

nice idea..ill be sure to try this

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5006 · December 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

+1 I need to try this, it seems I always juice half a lemon/lime just to waste the other half. Good idea.

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17412 · December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Elderberry is awesome as an antiviral. google sambucus or elderberry extract.

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436 · December 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Thanks for the info... 1/5 of a cup is probably even be stretching it. I use enough to add flavor... probably closer to a tbls or 2. I am not low carb and if anything could gain a couple pounds. Thanks for the info though! It is a lot of sugar.

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9402 · December 13, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Similar to above, I squeeze an entire lime into a pint glass and then fill the rest of the glass with refrigerated soda water and stir well.

Then there is the occasional obvious "tweak" of adding a shot or two of pure agave tequila from the freezer.

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8160 · December 13, 2012 at 2:44 AM

We just got a sodastream to carbonate water (toss the crappy sample flavors OUT!).

A squeeze of lemon or lime or orange and you're golden. When our lemon tree throws us lemons by the hundreds I grate the rind to dry in the dehydrator and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. So dropping a lemon ice cube in the freshly carbonated water is great.

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5006 · December 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

+1 I need to try this, it seems I always juice half a lemon/lime just to waste the other half. Good idea.

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15443 · December 13, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Not to be a downer, but POM juice has a LOT of sugar, more than one teaspoon per ounce. So an 8 ounce serving has more than 8 teaspoons of sugar. This is more than Coke. Sure the 1/5 cup that you have has "only" about 2 teaspoons of sugar, but I actually think that's a lot to have at once, especially if you're trying to diet or go low to moderate carb.

More surprisingly to me, is that POM juice has no vitamin C. Not only would I expect there to be vitamin C in something supposedly made from pomegranates, but it makes me wonder WTF they are doing to the fruit to eliminate the vitamins, probably cooking and filtering it.

Basically you're eating purple sugar, may as well have some soda IMHO.

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436 · December 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Thanks for the info... 1/5 of a cup is probably even be stretching it. I use enough to add flavor... probably closer to a tbls or 2. I am not low carb and if anything could gain a couple pounds. Thanks for the info though! It is a lot of sugar.

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13635 · December 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM

A squirt of lemon or lime in soda water does it for me.

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1127 · December 21, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Tequila and soda with lime.

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912 · December 21, 2012 at 6:41 AM

I think water tastes perfectly fine and water is what I generally crave. But I would never drink anything out of a tap. Only volvic water tastes good to me. Oh and raw coconut water occasionally for something sweet and different.

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2029 · December 21, 2012 at 5:28 AM

I do sparkling water spiked with straight up unsweetened cranberry juice. It helps make the cranberry juice more palatable, since it's really low in sugar.

I also drink kombucha as a soda alternative!

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0 · December 21, 2012 at 5:19 AM

i like fresh coconut water with a bit of molasses and a pinch or two of cinnamon. i usually do about a tablespoon of molasses for 24 oz of coconut water. i drink this before workouts.

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20 · December 21, 2012 at 4:37 AM

I like using carbonated water to make iced tea (unsweetened). It is seriously amazing.

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615 · December 21, 2012 at 5:09 AM

nice idea..ill be sure to try this

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7275 · December 13, 2012 at 3:45 AM

I recently made WellnessMama's elderberry syrup. When mixed with carbonated water, it tastes like cola. I would recommend using less honey than she calls for, though. It's awfully sweet.

Usually I just drink carbonated water with a squeeze of citrus.

Lately I've added Lo-Salt (mostly KCl, some NaCl) to my water and it's amazing. It's hitting the spot for a large part of my dairy craving. That's my main beverage of choice lately.

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17412 · December 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Elderberry is awesome as an antiviral. google sambucus or elderberry extract.

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10994 · December 13, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Ice water. Room temp water will taste like piss once you get adjusted.

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