There are some foods that just taste better with a soda pop. Something about the bubbles that cleanses the palette after each bite... but who wants all of those extra calories, high fructose corn syrup, etc.!? When I was pregnant I gave up soda pop but found a great replacement. Sparkling water with lime... it is soooo refreshing. Now with our new shift in eating habits and making better choices for ourselves I can proudly say I haven't had a soda pop since October 2009!!! I still miss the bubbles though... I have been on the search since my first pregnancy for a natural quick and easy sparkling flavored water that is pre-made for me. Something that is in a can just chilling in the refrigerator until I am ready for it. And I bet you are thinking to yourself well Nat, there are tons out there... and you are right but I was looking for something special. A zero calorie (because that's what water is), zero sodium (because that is how water is), no sugar added kind of water... simply water with a hint of true fruit or natural flavor. Last night while shopping at Whole Foods I came across this four pack of sparkling water. Fully expecting to find all of the disappointing ingredients, I flipped it over and read the back of the nutritional information and to my surprise it met all of my criteria plus most of the ingredients are organic!!! (at this point you can imagine a choir singing AWWWWW!!! because that is what I was happening in my head) So I thought to myself; ugh, it must not taste that good. Well tonight, I just had my first Sparkling Essence, by R.W. Knudsen Family. AWESOME... so refreshing... this is my new drink!!! (again after first drink... choir singing AWWWWWWW) R.W.Knudsen is a great company that offers organic and natural products. They have an organic pear juice that we buy for the girls at a very good price, around $4.00.
I went to their website to get their information and was pleased to find they have four flavors available: Blueberry, Lemon, Mint and cucumber. Tonight I tried the Sparkling Essence with cucumber. I've always wanted to try cucumber infused water because when I worked in the salon and spa business many of the upscale salons offer their water with cucumber slices. I wasn't sure if I would like it but it was nice. Lot's of bubbles.... which make me happy and then a nice hint of cucumber.
% Daily Value* Total Fat 0g 0% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 0mg 0% Potassium 0mg 0% Carbohydrate 0g 0% Dietary Fiber 0g 0% Sugars 0g Protein 0g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
I am thinking that I want to try blueberry next...
...this one reminds me of my middle school days drinking Blueberry Clearly Canadians... hahah do you remember those?
I also think that they might be nice as drink mixers if I ever feel like having an "adult" beverage... maybe a new twist on the vodka, club soda and lime! Stay tuned for that...
**********THESE ARE NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THEIR SPRITZERS LINE... STILL A VERY GOOD PRODUCT BUT VERY DIFFERENT NUTRITIONAL VALUES********