Sodas should probably be one of the first items to give up if you want to have healthy eating habits. The reason is, they account for a large amount of a soda drinker’s sugar intake. Is soda your downfall? You’re not alone. Look at what they say at Fooducate, “Candy accounts for only 6% of the added sugar in the American diet. Soft drinks and juice account for 46%.”
You probably know that there are approximately eight teaspoons of sugar in most canned sodas. And you surely know that sodas are harmful to your health. You’ve considered quitting them, but you’re afraid of going cold turkey. Try my recipe for homemade ginger ale, or ginger beer, for two to three weeks to ease you into going cold turkey and soda free. It’s caffeine free and low in sugar.
Ginger Ale: 8 servings
4 oz. fresh ginger root
5 cups water
1 to 2 packets Truvía, or 1 to 2 teaspoons Agave syrup to sweeten
Optional: a couple sprigs of mint
Directions for Ginger Liquid:
Peel the ginger and cut slices across the grain of the ginger root, to 1/4 inch thick. Put the ginger and water into a non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Continue boiling until the water has reduced to 2 ½ cups. Strain and cool the liquid. You should have 2 cups liquid, which can be stored in the refrigerator for seven days. If you have less than 2 cups, add more water and bring back to a boil for 2 minutes, and then cool. Discard any remaining liquid on eighth day.
To Make Ginger Ale:
Pour ¼ cup liquid in a 10 to 12 oz. glass. Add 1 to 2 small packets Truvía (3.5 grams each), or 1 to 2 teaspoons Agave syrup. Add ice and soda water. Stir to mix.
To Make Ginger Beer:
For ginger beer, add an extra tablespoon to the glass for this stronger flavored drink. Adjust the sweetener.
Enjoy your way to living soda free!