My Obsession with Sparkling Water.

Posted by Deborah Juarez on

Hi Friends!

 

So, one of the things I started doing a while back was avoiding sugar in beverages. I'm not doing a great job at it, but I have managed to cut sodas out of my diet on all but the most special of occasions. 

 

I still use sugar, honey, maple syrup or some other sweetener in my coffee, and usually a bit of something in my tea depending on whether it's hot or iced, and what kind of tea it is. 

 

So, that basically leaves me with water. I love water, I drink it all the time. I drink filtered tap water, so it's basically unlimited. I'm just like my mother: I'll pour myself a glass, put it down and then forget where I put it as I putter around the house. 

 

But water gets boring.

 

I've always loved seltzer, bubbly water, flavored water, but never added sugar because that turns it into soda. Bonus: if you order seltzer water (maybe with lime?) at a restaurant, it's usually free.

 

I started out buying a huge package of La Croix at Costco, and it's delicious. It's a 3-pack of special flavors called Curate, which includes Cherry-Lime, Pineapple-Strawberry and (my favorite) Blackberry-Cucumber. But La Croix is kinda expensive. I bought it when it was on sale, but it's not always on sale (to my great disappointment). 

 

So, I tried the Kirkland brand ones, which come in a case with grapefruit, lemon and lime. Basic flavors, but still good. I was especially pleased because it doesn't have sodium, which gives it a weird flavor. I've tried some of the other store brands and they're awful, but the only difference I've found is the sodium. (Looking at you, Kroger.)

 

The other one I'm a fan of is the Simple Truth Organic, which I buy at Ralphs. Why is this store brand so much better than the other store brand when they're from the same store? I haven't tried all the flavors, and with the 'Rona, the stock at my local store can be a bit weird. I haven't even gotten all the flavors I've asked for. I didn't like the Lemongrass-Tangerine, but I am LOVING the Cucumber-Melon, and the Blackberry-Hibiscus is really good too.

 

I tried the Mango Bubly at a friend's place the other day and that was really good, too.

 

I have not tried any of the hard seltzers, mostly because I just don't drink very much. My husband and I stick to beer and wine, and even then most of the beer we drink is in Shandy form (half hefeweizen half lemonade).

 

I'll stick with my seltzer.

 

Love and bubbles,

Deborah 

 

 

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