Tea Soda:: a Sugar-free Pop-like Fizzy Drink
I was a heavy smoker 7 years ago – half a pack to a full pack daily. And the scary part? I drank a diet coke with practically every cigarette. On a 25 cigarette day, that’s upwards of 15 pints of soda in a 24 hour period.
It feels weird to think that this used to be my life.
Even after graduating as a Holistic Nutritionist, I used twisted logic to deny that I had a soda problem. I rationalized that because diet coke was made from water and had no calories, it couldn’t have been all that bad for me. Logically, I knew that consuming that much artificial sweetener is dangerous (1)(2)(3), not to mention the health complications of drinking more pop than water…
Thankfully, I met Kevin who flat-out said that when I met his mother, I could not be a smoker. And with that, I quit. After I stopped smoking, I satisfied my fizzy drink cravings by switching to a combination of soda water with fresh-pressed juice, then to kombucha (read about my 30-day kombucha experience), and now every couple of weeks, I treat myself to a Tea Soda.
I’ve tried all sorts of teas in my Tea Sodas. Green, black, herbal, oolong, even organic matcha powder (to thank the Healthful Pursuit community for their ongoing interest in all things matcha, Kiss Me Organics is extending a 25% DISCOUNT to all HP readers. Get 25% off when you use GR8TEFUL at checkout (through Amazon) – expires August 31)
The key to the perfect Tea Soda is in steeping the tea just a bit longer than normal. 1-2 minutes is all you need.
If you’re hooked on the refreshing feeling that fizzy drinks, soda, pop or coke gives you and want to nip the craving in the bud, or you’re looking for a fun way to spruce up your homemade iced tea, make a Tea Soda!
Author: Leanne Vogel Recipe type: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins
A healthy soda recipe made with mineral water and brewed tea – a perfect no sugar approach to satisfying your cravings for fizzy drinks, soda, pop or coke.
- 4 cups brewed tea, chilled
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 3 cups mineral water
- Fresh chopped fruit, optional
- 20 drops of liquid stevia, optional
- Brew your favorite tea and steep for 2 more minutes than you do normally. Transfer the tea to a 64oz. mason jar and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
- When ready to serve, add ice cubes to the chilled tea, then pour mineral water into the mason jar.
- Add chopped fruit to make it look pretty and serve!
Notes Stevia: I don't generally add stevia to my Tea Soda because the mineral water masks the taste anyways. Instead of adding this, try to find a naturally sweet tea (made with fruits) or one that has chicory root (which acts like a sweetener).
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I know I’m not the only one in our community that has had to overcome addictions as a step along her pursuit of a healthful life. Health is a moving target – always shifting and adjusting to our current life space.
What addictions or unbalanced behaviors have you overcome during your pursuit?
If there was one thing you think your future self would tell you about this struggle, what would it be?
Really looking forward to reading (and chatting) with you in the comments.