Kicking Soda - Make Your Own Sparkling Water

Q. Before I was diagnosed with diabetes I drank a lot of soda, and when I found out that I had diabetes, I made the switch to diet soda, thinking it was a better option. Now I am learning that in addition to the health risks associated with aspartame, drinking diet soda increases my craving for sweets and may be getting in the way of managing my blood sugars. But, breaking this habit is hard. Any suggestions?

A.. If you crave soda, you are not alone, One of the hardest things for many of my clients is giving up diet soda.

Sometimes you just want a sparkling drink with a hint of sweetness. Having diabetes is not about deprivation, so instead of reaching for a diet soda try this refreshing twist on the popular sodas 7-Up and Sprite. All you need is some sparkling water, 2-3 slices of lemon and/or lime, natural sweetener of and some ice cubes. It's as easy as pouring the sparkling water into a glass, adding the lemon/lime slices, and your sweetener.

Ingredients:

8 ounces sparkling water

2-3 slices of lemon and/or lime

2-3 drops Liquid Stevia (Sweet Leaf Brand- Plain or Lemon Drop)

Ice cubes (as desired)

Directions:

Pour the sparkling water into a glass

Slice the lemon/lime and squeeze some of the juice into the sparkling water, then add the lemon/lime into the sparkling water

Add 2-3 drops of the Stevia to the sparkling water.

Add ice cubes and enjoy!

How you flavor your water is pretty much only limited by your imagination. Sweet Leaf has a variety of Sweet Drops flavors that taste great in water such as Valencia Orange, Lemon Drop, Apricot Nectar, Berry, Coconut, Grape, and Watermelon. The Water Drop flavors include, Lemon Lime, Raspberry Lemonade, Peach Mango and Strawberry Kiwi.

SweetLeaf’s Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops™ and their new product Liquid Stevia Water Drops™ flavor water,with just a few zero-calorie, zero-carb drops. You can find these drops in health food stores, vitamin shops, Whole Foods, or you can buy them on-line.