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Kick Out Soda Kick In Goodness!

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! Kick out soda Almost 3 years ago I started taking the Plexus pink 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)Kick out soda 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 10kick out soda 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!) Directions: 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! Kick out soda kick in goodness 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) Directions: 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. Pomegranate Spritzer 1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice, 2-3 pomegranates juice from 1 lime or lemon 1/3 cup sugar fresh ginger lime or lemon wedge Directions: 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 Directions: 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 Fizzkick ot soda 2 tbsp honey 3 tbsp water 4 sprigs of rosemary, divided 3 large blood oranges (about a 1 cup) sparkling water or club soda Directions: 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 Directions: 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. KOMBUCHA RECIPE 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.

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