Make your own flavored water
When I was a teenager, I started paying attention to the food around me and the importance of making healthy decisions. I decided to eliminate soft drinks from my diet. I wasn’t really that much of a soda drinker, but corn syrup, artificial flavors, and caffeine were things I decided to avoid. Now, almost 20 years later, I’m still happy without them but I do enjoy a fizzy drink on occasion. Sparkling water has become one of my favorite refreshment indulgences.
If you’d like to give sparkling water a try and save money, click here to go to a coupon link. At the moment, they have coupons for LaCroix (in some zip codes–28513 works) and Perrier in others (32258); both work wonderfully for the recipe below, as does the Truvia (coupon also available).
- 2 Raspberry lemons (see below)
- 2 packets of Stevia or 2 TBSP simple syrup (or more if desired)
- Fresh squeezed Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 cans bottled sparkling water (can be flavored if you choose: raspberry, lemon, lime)
Place raspberry lemons and ice in two glasses, dividing equally. In a small pitcher combine the sweetener, juice, and sparkling water; stir to combine. Pour into iced glasses and enjoy.
- The shell of 1 juiced lemon, cut in two halves
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 2 TBSP granulated sugar
After juicing a bunch of lemons for a recipe, I didn’t want to throw away the beautiful shells of their rinds that were left over. I pulled out the remaining fibers and filled the resulting cup with a paste of fresh raspberries mixed with a little sugar. I keep these in my freezer and add them when I need something extra to flavor or garnish a drink. Just drop one in, like a decorative ice cube, and you are set.