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The Seltzer Trend – How adding some sparkle into your diet can be good for you

Water is essential for a healthy diet, and drinking at least two litres a day can keep you hydrated, help with weight loss and stave off infection.

As people turn away from sugar-laden sodas, the drinks market has seen huge growth in seltzers, sparkling and flavoured bottled waters over the past few years. Brands like LaCroix that are free from sugars, calories, sodium and artificial ingredients, have become increasingly popular.

But you don’t need to buy name brands when you can make delicious flavoured water at home.  Here are some ideas to help you clock in your two litres a day by adding some sparkle into your diet the healthy way.

 

First, know your waters

 

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Sparkling Water

Water that is naturally carbonated by geological processes at the source; think Perrier or San Pellegrino.

Carbonated water, soda, seltzer or fizzy water

Water with artificially-injected gas.

Hard Seltzers

A new trend hitting the U.S., water with artificially-injected gas and added alcohol; this one is fun but not as healthy!

 

Health benefits of seltzers

It’s obvious that replacing a sugary soda with water mean less sugar and chemicals in your drink. But there are other health benefits that come from drinking seltzers.

- Helps you to consume more water
- Less harmful to teeth
- Can aid with digestion, indigestion and constipation
- Can help weight loss; the bubbles make you feel fuller and reduce overeating
- Good for settling a hangover
- Helps improve bone and heart health
- Good way to get your vitamin C when you add orange, lemon or other vitamin C rich fruits


Make it yourself

 

Solo Seltzers

Plain seltzer is super easy to make yourself. You can either choose a shop-bought carbonated water or add the fizz yourself with a Soda Stream. At Bawah we use Nordaq fresh which provides us with water that is filtered and carbonated .

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Flavoured Seltzers

This is where the fun starts! Add flavour and vitamins to your water by infusing it with fresh fruit. Whether you juice, blend or finely chop it, the whole family can enjoy. 

 

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Recipe Ideas

Here are a few of our favourite fruit combinations from our gardens:

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Papaya and Lime

Blend one medium-sized papaya (seeds removed) to a pulp, strain it through a sieve and add some lime juice. Add the mixture to one litre of seltzer. You can add honey or simple syrup if you prefer a sweeter elixir, but this does take away some of the health benefits. Serve chilled with a slice of lime for a healthy dose of vitamin C and a mint leaf.


Cucumber and Mint

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This one smells amazing! Blend a peeled cucumber with a handful of fresh mint leaves. Strain through a sieve and add to one litre of plain seltzer. You can even pour the seltzer through the sieve to further enhance the flavours. Serve chilled with a cucumber stick and a sprig of fresh mint. This one tastes delicious with a splash of gin as a hard seltzer.

 

Ginger and Lemon

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Blend or juice one 3-centimetre piece of ginger root with the juice of two lemons. Strain through a sieve and add to one litre of seltzer. Chill and serve with a slice of lemon. This water has excellent antioxidant properties and can help with digestion.

 

Here are a few other ideas:
  • Lemon/lime/orange slices – Fruits slices infuse water but for more flavour, drop the slices in a jug of water and store in the fridge. There are even fruit infusion pitchers, like these.
  • Ginger and lemongrass fizz –  We love this recipe from Aging like wine.
  • Rosella is another ingredient to consider to add a healthy dose to your drink. It’s naturally high in Vitamins A, B2, C and D as well as magnesium, omega 3, iron and potassium.

Rosella Cold drink Boathouse

Cheers to your good health!

We are always inspired by the creative culinary skills of our readers, so please share your seltzer recipes with us HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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