Hola All! Jenn here.
Well I am trying very hard to go all natural/more natural and Wednesday started day 1 of no soda!!! Ahhhhh!
If you know me you know this is hard for me. Until recently I barely drank water, it was nothing for me to go all week without drinking any water. I love soda! I love Mountain Dew!
To start trying to kick the habit I switched from buying 2 liters, to buying bottles (24 oz) and only allowing myself 2 bottles a day and if I was thirsty after that, I had to drink water. That worked well, so after the bottles were gone I started buying cans and I only allowed myself 2 cans a day. I have noticed the more water you drink, the more you begin to crave it. However, I also made little rules like no soda after noon and no soda at restaurants. (This helped me quit a bit and it saves lots of $$-soda at a restaurants has gotten way expensive)
If you are anything like me though, I want something with some flavor every now and again. But, in a quest to be more natural, I do not use crystal light or water flavoring-what I have seen in those packet flavorings are lots of artificial things and aspartame-which is supposed to be really bad for you.
So, I made my own flavored water with fruit I bought. This way I know what’s in it. I found lots of recipes on Pinterest 🙂 There are several listed on there and many different types to try, but I ended up just mixing my owns things and trying them out.
I made three different types of flavored water.
-Strawberry and Blueberry:I cut up approximately 5 strawberries and then added them and a handful of blueberries to an empty pitcher. Then I used a whisk to mash them a little (not to pieces, just a little to get the juices flowing) a potatoes masher would probably be best, but I do not have one of those. Then I added ice first-to help mush some juice out and then filled with water. Super easy!!
-Watermelon. I bought watermelon that was already cut from the produce department and used half the container and followed the same prep as above.
-Blackberry and Strawberry. I again used approx 5 cut strawberries and a handful of blackberries and followed same prep as above.
-I let them all sit in the fridge for 24 hours before trying them.
-I also would simply add more water to the pitcher as I drank some and the fruit still flavored it nicely.
-I kept them all for a week (with adding water to the pitcher after each use) but the watermelon went bad. I would suggest using that one up in a few days.
I enjoyed them all and look forward to experimenting with other fruits and in the plus side my 4 yr old liked them to!!
Hope you enjoy this and enjoy trying to be more granola!!
Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today!!