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Monday, November 21, 2011

Hooked on "SodaStream"? Better mix choices and $ value.

Dear Folks,

If your family begged for the newest convenience device called "sodastream" that lets you make your own fizzy water, you may want to consider something other than their mixes for even better health choices.

Frozen Concentrated Fruit Juices!

The beauty of frozen concentrates is you can find a wide variety of no-sugar-added flavors with just the natural sweetness of the juice.  Add any fizzy water and you have soda!

Do the kids like orange soda?  Easy - concentrated orange juice + fizzy water = Orange soda.

The basic ratio is 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of concentrated to 3/4 cup (6 ounces) of fizzy water.  You can make the finished product a little 'lighter' by simply adding more fizzy.

If you are going to invest in a product that is touted at saving you money, being "green" and letting you make better soda choices for your family -- make it even healthier by using real fruit juices instead of formula mixes.

Sodastream's "natural" flavors are $9.99 for a bottle which makes 25 8-ounce cups.  That is $.40 a glass (cup).

A 12 ounce container of frozen juice concentrate (remember no-sugar-added varieties) is about $1.44 and makes 6  8-ounce cups.  That is $.24 a glass -- you save money and get better product.

I like ideas that reduce waste, limit additions to the land fill, and give you healthier choices.  If you just change the 'mix' you have the convenience of sodastream, limit landfill waste and give your family better flavor choices.  Anyone for pineapple/orange soda!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Herb Lady

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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