Guilt Free Homemade Diet Soda

I have found the perfect diet soda! And it is homemade diet soda.

I just discovered this combo in the last week or so and I am decidedly pleased with it.

I even busted out my DSLR to photograph this lovely healthy diet soda. Without further ado, here is my stevia-sweetened diet soda recipe…

Homemade Diet Soda Recipe

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 can of seltzer water
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • stevia*, to taste – approximately 1 packet (or equivalent)

Method

  1. Mix lemon juice and stevia.
  2. Add seltzer.
  3. Drink!

I know that (normal) diet soda is “bad for you”, but I do indulge in it occasionally. Unfortunately it has been giving me problems recently – within a few minutes after having anything with aspartame/sucralose I get a splitting headache. (Including gum.) I was very excited to discover this prudent and slightly more healthful alternative to my normal Coke Zero treats. My other option was Zevia (a brand of stevia-sweetened diet soda) but since it’s pricey I don’t stock up on it. Seltzer is cheap.

Do you drink diet soda? Do you like stevia? Have you tried Zevia or making your own homemade diet soda?

*Note: I’m still using the NuNaturals stevia products and I am so happy with all of them. When I run out I will definitely be ordering more.

Tea Time and Relaxation

The Perfect Tea(Maker)

One of my very favorite things to do at night (or any time of day really) is make myself a nice big mug of tea. I’ve loved tea ever since I was in college. I got into loose leaf tea when Bobby brought me back some Lupicia loose leaf tea from Hawaii just a few weeks after we started dating. This was back in the winter of 2005-2006. Can’t believe that cute college boy turned into my husband! Things certainly do change over the course of 5 years.

A lot of my friends know about my love of tea too; my one friend that I talk about a lot (a bridesmaid) actually got me the Perfect TeaMaker from Teavana as part of our wedding present. It really does make the perfect mug of tea.

I have been loving the Earl Grey Creme flavor the most – it’s actually replaced my morning coffee. I sweeten it with a few drops of NuNaturals Stevia and drink it up as I do my morning routine. Here is the fresh loose leaf tea (you might recognize this from my header):

Going in…

Ready to pour the near-boiling water!

Steeping.

After it steeps you just set the Perfect TeaMaker on a mug (it fits with just about any size), which pushes up the bottom and lets the tea drain out. If you just have it sitting on the table (or its base) it does not leak. It’s very well designed! Then add your NuNaturals stevia (I only say NuNaturals because it is my favorite brand of stevia) and let it cool enough to drink. Speaking of NuNaturals, you have until Thursday to order and get 15% off! Click for coupon.

Tea & Yoga/Health

One reason I like drinking hot tea is that I can’t gulp it down quickly. I have to savor it. Something it’s hard to sit down and really savor meals/drinks/life. So tea makes me slow down and appreciate the moment. It’s almost like yoga or meditation. Savoring tea teaches you to savor the moments when you’re not drinking tea, if that makes sense. It’s the same principle in yoga – when you learn to hold a challenging pose you are practicing for how to face challenging situations in life. You breathe and you get through it. Tea helps you learn to appreciate moments of pleasure even when you’re not drinking tea.

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Whew. Long post. Lots to say.

Do you drink tea? What’s your favorite flavor?

My favorite flavor is “cookie tea” from Lupicia. It tastes just like a cookie, especially with milk and a touch of honey.

Don’t forget to enter to win $65 from CSN Stores! Deadline is tomorrow night.

Stevia Giveaway Winners

My stevia contest ended tonight at 10:30pm, and I have 4 lucky winners… **UPDATED** (It was only open to U.S. residents.)

Congrats to Heidi, Amber Shea, Melissa, and Biz! I have emailed you all with the details, so get back to me soon or else I will give the goodies away to another lucky commenter. If you are wondering how I picked the winners, I asked my random number generator to do it for me. My random number generator happens to be my hubby.

If you didn’t win this time, you can still use my stevia coupon – it’s good until September 30th (15% off, and free shipping on orders of $35 or more). Click here for the code.

Back in the AM. Good night!

NuNaturals Giveaway (Free Stevia!)

**UPDATE: This contest is now closed. See winners here.**

Did you like the stevia coupon from yesterday? I hope you get a chance to use it.

What is Stevia?

Stevia (in case you are not familiar with it) is a completely natural zero-calorie sweetener that has been used around the world (Japan, Brazil and South America, Korea, Europe, etc…). It comes from the leaf of the Stevia Rebaudiana plant. It is many times sweeter than sugar, yet sometimes it can taste bitter… But not NuNaturals. NuNaturals stevia is not bitter at all from what I can tell. What stevia is not: aspartame, splenda, or any of those other awful sweeteners. (Not that I never have those awful sweeteners; I am guilty of my weekly diet soda. But maybe stevia will wean me off of them.)

Stevia Giveaway

In addition to the stevia coupon, NuNaturals is letting me host a NuNaturals stevia giveaway. They will award four (4) of you guys one (1) box of their NuStevia Packets (50 count box), and one (1) bottle of their NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Liquid (2 ounce bottle). The contest is only open to U.S. residents (this is to avoid costly shipping & International custom regulations!).

**This contest is closed.**

How to enter (3 ways):

  1. Leave a comment telling me what sweetener you use in your coffee or tea, and if you have ever tried stevia! (Worth 1 entry.)
  2. Follow me and tweet this: “Check out @TheSaladGirl’s free @NuNaturals stevia giveaway! http://bit.ly/c0Qy3S”, and leave a comment here telling me you did (include your Twitter name). (Worth 1 entry.)
  3. Blog about this giveaway, and leave a comment telling me you did. (Worth 3 entries.)
  4. **NEW** Go to my recipes page and leave a comment here telling me what recipe you want to try. (Worth 1 entry.)

That’s it! You can also browse the NuNaturals website – they have stevia recipes and lots of other great products. I really liked what Ron (from NuNaturals) said in his email to me:

“Life is too short to eat dessert only on special occasions, therefore we hope consumers will consider trying some of our low, or NO sugar, nutritious recipes and enjoy life!!”

Now that is a motto that was made for me.

I will pick a winner at 10:30pm (EDT) on *my birthday*, September 15th (next Wednesday). So get your entries in before 10:30pm (EDT) on Wednesday. (I am going to be 24 by the way.)

I did my yoga yesterday… did you? Tell me about it!