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

Seltzer water at Bawah Reserve, Indonesia - The seltzer water trend

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 a huge growth in seltzers, and sparkling and flavoured bottled waters over the past few years. Brands like LaCroix which are free from sugars, calories, sodium and artificial ingredients, have become increasingly popular.

The curious sober, mindful drinking movement has also created a demand for more exciting sparkling non-alcoholic long drinks like flavoured waters and seltzers, that can be enjoyed at social events in place of cocktails and alcohol.

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 to your diet the healthy way.

 

First, know your waters

 

 

 
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., is water with artificially-injected gas and added alcohol; this one is fun but not as healthy! Also known as adult seltzer, mature seltzer, spiked seltzer or hard sparkling alcohol-water.

 

Is seltzer the same as club soda or tonic water? No club soda has salt in it whilst tonic water contains quinine. Seltzer is carbonated but has no other added minerals.
 

 

 

Health benefits of seltzers

Replacing a sugary soda with water means less sugar and chemicals in your drink. But what is seltzer water good for? Are there 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
- A good way to get your vitamin C when you add orange, lemon or another vitamin C-rich fruit

 

But does seltzer water hydrate you? Yes! 

"Nutritionists agree that carbonated water (a category that includes seltzer water, which is artificially carbonated, and naturally sparkling water) is just as hydrating as regular water, however, tap water has the added benefit of fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay." New York Times

 

 

How do you make seltzer water?

 

Solo Seltzers

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

Nrdaq Filter water at Bawah Reserve Grouper bar staff

 
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 it. 

 

Girl with re-useable straw beach drinking seltzer at the  boat house bawah reserve

 

Recipe Ideas

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

Papaya and lime seltzer recipe
 
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

Cucumber and mint seltzer recipe

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

ginger and lemon seltzer water recipe

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.

 

A few other ideas:

Rosella seltzer water recipe 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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