I use to love drinking pop or soda and some may call it, but haven’t had a soda for over 8 years. Why? Well, because I heard and read how awful it was, how much sugar was in them, and simply how they made me feel. So, I kicked out all the soda in our home and kicked in some goodness!
Almost 3 years ago I started taking the Plexuspink drink which really if you have a fetish for soda this is a great start as it literally helps you not crave the bad stuff. It also is a beginning of cleaning out your gut along with the probiotic or Vitalbiome. Great products and very trustworthy!
Along with the supplements, I added Kombucha (recipe below) to my daily menu. I love this stuff and with the recipes below if you use the Kombucha (especially using a Jasmine Tea) instead of the club soda or sparkling water, you get the extra boost your body needs! Simply wonderful is all I can say! PLUS, you feel better and are getting the good bacteria in your body to help you build a strong immune system. Read this article for more info on probiotics and foods to add in your daily diet by Dr. Axe.
Ok…so here ya go…some ideas on fruit and herbs to boost your bodies immune system and provide a wonderfully refreshing beverage. These are awesome to serve at your social gatherings as well!
Have fun and experiment yourself…
Try a few and let me know what you think!
Gorgeous Grapefruit Soda (serves 6)
5 cups of sparkling soda
3 cups of grapefruit juice
1 lemon squeezed
Serve in a glass picture with a circle lemon wedge and lots of ice!
Sparkling Strawberry Lime Soda serves 6
1/12 cup two quartered fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh lime juice, about 10
1/3 cup fresh basil
5 cups cold sparkling water
½ cup sugar (add more if you like sweeter)
(I also added a sprig of mint as I have a TON of it growing around the ranch!)
Blend strawberries, lime juice and basil in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the strawberry, basil and lime mixture into a large pitcher. Add sugar and stir. When ready to serve, carefully add the sparkling water to your serving pitcher. Check flavor and make adjustments. For fun, keep some of the strawberry tops, cut up limes, mint, basil, and make ice cubes to add a wonderful look to your pitcher!
White Peach and Lavender Soda (serves 4-6)
1 cup water
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ tablespoon fresh lavender flowers 1 tablespoon if dried
1 pound of very ripe peaches
1 lemon, juiced
Brewed Jasmine Tea Kombucha (recipe below)
(Omit the lavender if you don’t like the taste. It can be strong for some folks)
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add the sugar and flowers. Stir to dissolve sugar let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the sugar water with flowers. Wash and roughly chop the peaches. No need to peel. Strain the flowers and pour the infused sugar water over the fruit. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. Let stand for 10 minutes
Work in batches, puree the peaches with the sugar water in a blender. Strain the pulp into a bowl squeezing as much out as possible. You should end up with about 1 -2 cups of juice.
You can keep this syrup but refrigerate.
Now add your syrup to a glass of your Jasmine Kombucha or sparkling water. Serve with lemon wedge.
Orange and Mint Spritzer
1 cup of fresh orange juice
1/3 cup of sugar
½ cup of fresh chopped mint
Directions: Bring above ingredients in a saucepan to boil. Remove from heat and cool, strain, and place in mason jar. Top with mineral water or club soda and serve with a fresh full mint leaf and orange wedge.
1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice, 2-3 pomegranates
juice from 1 lime or lemon
1/3 cup sugar
lime or lemon wedge
Put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow simmering on low for 5-8 minutes. Smash the ginger roots to the side of saucepan to allow more flavor. Take off heat and cool and strain the liquid into a small mason jar and top with sparkling water or club soda. Serve with fresh lime or lemon wedge.
Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
½ cup water
½ cup of organic sugar
6 oz fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 7-8
3 ½ cups of cold sparkling water or club soda
Directions: Making the syrup, place in a saucepan, add water and sugar. Heat and stir until a boil. Once sugar completely dissolves, remove from heat and cool.
Add raspberries into a blender and puree. Place into a strainer and push through with a wooden spoon. In your serving pitcher, add the raspberry puree and lemon juice. Pour your syrup on top and just before serving to add your sparkling soda and give a good stir.
You can keep the syrup refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
Mint Mojo with Celery
2 tbsp. organic sugar
leaves from mint, about 6 sprigs plus more for garnish
¼ cup lemon juice, (from 2 lemons)
1 lb of celery food processed well
2-3 cups of sparkling water or club soda
Muddle your sugar, mint and lemon juice. Chop your celery and place in food processor with a bit of your muddle juice to keep from browning, or oxidizing. In a glass bowl, strain celery through a sieve pushing down with a wooden spoon. Pour into a pitcher adding your muddled mixture and sparkling water. Stir well before serving to top with a mint leaf.
Blood Orange Fizz
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp water
4 sprigs of rosemary, divided
3 large blood oranges (about a 1 cup)
sparkling water or club soda
Heat honey and water and rosemary over low heat until fully blended about a minute. Let cool and take out the rosemary
Juice your oranges into a pitcher add your honey mixture and sparkling water. Serve with a sprig of rosemary.
Sweet Cherry Fizz
½ cup water
½ cup organic sugar
6 oz fresh cherries, pitted and sliced in half
1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice or lime
Sparkling water or club soda
In a saucepan mix your first 2 ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool. Blend your cherries into a puree. Strain and push with a wooden spoon into your pitcher. Add lemon juice, syrup mixture and sparkling water to fill the pitcher. Stir
How to Make Your Own Kombucha (if you want an awesome book that has so many recipes as well as a TON of info on and about Kombucha click here)
If you have a favorite tea use that, but I love Jasmine tea. SOOO wonderful! You can purchase them all ready to go tea bags or the pearls. I have used both. Using the pearls you will need to get the organic tea bags to put them in. I LOVE these bags for gift giving and to put my soap nuts for laundry.
Fill a large dutch oven with water about 8 cups.
You will need:
5 tea bags (white tea or your favorite like Jasmine)
1 cup of organic sugar
1 cup of starter (tea from another batch)
1 scoby (from another batch or get a starter from your local natural food store)
For a how-to, I would suggest going to this link to watch her. She also has starters and other goodies.
Throughout the summer here on the ranch, we usually and prayerfully pick a THEME to carry out our session time. This year is a Pathway or Trail. Focus keywords help us draw out what the person’s trail is that day or is happening in their life. In one teen we had, her trail was faking the God life. As we continued through her session, she found you just couldn’t fake the God trail. He knows it all!
I asked this teen, we will call her Marie, to lead the horse out of the pasture walking a trail as her life is going. Marie haltered Bokoda and swiftly walked straight on to the gait. No turns. No going around trees. Just straight on. I responded with a “well…tell me what that trail is?” Marie said, “it’s straight. I can see what is ahead of me and I feel great!”
I nodded with a smile, “awesome let’s go play with Bokoda and have a great time!” Throughout the session, there was some stumbling of not remembering certain things. For example, when Bokoda would walk faster and bump into her she allowed him to almost push her, she forgot the game on how to back him up or get him out of her space. So we had a quick review.
Her confidence was strong thinking she knew how to handle Bokoda, but when he challenged her, she couldn’t remember how to ask him to remember her boundaries.
Another time when she was bumped, I asked if she is reading her bible. She shook her head no and said, “ I don’t have time. But I helped at VBS. “How is your prayer life?”, I asked. “I pray at mealtime…only when I remember.” She laughed. I quickly grabbed onto that response. “Well, tell me what happens when you remember to ask Bokoda to respect your space?” She said he listens. I asked, “and what happens when you don’t remember?” Looking down and getting where I was headed, “Bokoda almost pushes me down.”
We went on talking about when our trail seems straight and all is going well we can allow some poison ivy to grow along the trail. Not even see it. We can even walk through mud and not realize our shoes are wet and muddy. We can fake our faith. God knows our hearts. He knows our every move before we take it and He never forgets our sins. He forgets our sins once we repent, but if we are not walking with Him on the trail in and sinning along the way, HE remembers.
You see as adults we do this all the time. We tell people we will pray for them and we forget. Just pray right then and there when someone asks. We can even go to church weekly and fake our Christian walk. Even having in our conversations, “God will provide” or If it’s God’s will”. Another word, we can have the Christian lingo down, but not be living it.
Being on God’s trail means time with Him. Being in HIS word. When things happen in our life, we need to quickly and I mean quickly, go to HIS word and seek out direction. I had something pretty difficult situations happen this summer and I had to Google some words from my bible to seek out what Jesus would do. How He would handle such people or situations. You know…it works every time!
Daily we need to spend time with Jesus, share our hearts. Praise Him for what He is doing good and bad on our trail of life. We can’t fake our trail rides with God. Just like you can’t fake any relationship. You can’t fake your marriage is good when it really isn’t. God knows. You can’t fake your life is perfect. God knows it’s not and never will be. You can’t fake God…period!
A person who chooses to walk the trail with God is peaceful in ALL circumstances. YES, even the bad times. You might be down, but you’re hopeful. You know the Lord is working in the situation. A person, who is faking it, is falling. They are being stomped on. Deceived. Their trail is full of poison ivy and mud puddles they just don’t want to let anyone ride the trail with them. Fakeness will catch up to all of us who pretend we have a relationship when we truly do not.
The Lord wants all of us not to fake our trail rides. He desires for us to be honest with Him and with others as we face our daily trials. If you’re not walking the trail with Jesus, stop right now. Repent. Ask Him to remove your fakeness and pull out the poison ivy of dishonesty. Come to Him with true transparency simply saying daily, “I need you, Jesus. I surrender my life to you.”
And you know what? You trail of life will be real! Being fakey leads a trail of emptiness. Being real is being on a trail full hope!
God’s peace and blessings as you ride the trail of adventure with Him!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,