You may recall news outlets buzzing recently with the latest discovery to turn the weight-loss world on its head: a study published in the research journal, Obesity, stated that diet soda is better than water for weight loss.
Around the world, dieters hoisted their cans of Diet Coke in the air and rejoiced. But perhaps they did so prematurely.
You see, what many news outlets didn’t report about the study was that it was funded by the American Beverage Association. That’s right — the very people who stood to profit off diet soda sales funded “research” about diet soda as a solution for our country’s obesity crisis. The paper has since been called “fatally flawed” by experts, bringing us back to the common-sense conclusion that drinking pop probably isn’t such a great idea — but drinking water is.
But what if you don’t like water? It’s okay to admit it; you’re not alone. About 20 percent of Americans report a dislike of plain water. Some find their tap water to taste weird, while others find it boring.
Fear not! There are many ways to jazz up your water, and the best one is this:
It took me a long time to jump on the Sodastream bandwagon, mostly because I didn’t want yet another thing taking up space in my kitchen. But after realizing I was drinking seltzer water like whoa (there’s just something about the bubbles that makes me … well, bubbly), I decided I’d do well to save some money and stop filling up my recycling bin with empty two-liter bottles.
I’m glad I have one, though. The appliance is easy to use, simple to clean and a lot of fun. Yes, I said fun. Obviously, I’m easily entertained.
Though the appliance comes with various flavors and sweeteners, I’ve had a blast experimenting with making my own infused waters. My favorite, by far, has been a cherry-mint concoction, perfect for hot summer days!
- 12 sweet cherries (fresh or frozen) stems and pits removed
- 5 mint leaves
- 16 ounces cold water
- In a small bowl, muddle the cherries and mint leaves.
- Fill your Sodastream bottle to the appropriate 16-ounce line with cold water.
- Carbonate to your desired level. (I prefer medium-fizzy, but whatever floats your boat!)
- Add cherries and mint leaves to the bottle.
- Cap bottle and store in refrigerator 24 hours to infuse flavors.
- Serve on ice.
A healthier drink? I’ll toast to that!
Do you have a Sodastream? Have you experimented with creating your own fun drinks and fuzzy water recipes? —Susan