Absolutely refreshing! I love La Croix waters because they have no sweeteners /calories, but give you a hint of flavor and the carbonated bubbles. Nothing chemical, just pure freshness. If you are looking for something besides "just water" you have to try La Croix. My favorites are citrus, but why not try them all and find your own favorite?
I still remember "Snap Crackle Pop" but Rice Krispies aren't just for breakfast or mixed with marshmallows. Coat boneless chicken tenders in melted butter and roll in crushed Rice Krispies. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes for a healthy alternative to those prefab fused frozen chicken bites.
Bottled water is one of the least intelligent ways someone concerned with the environment can spend their money. Plastic either is made from petroleum, or if it's a plant based polymer, it uses petroleum in the manufacturing. It's not a renewable resource. Since Smartwater was listed under eco-products, I cannot give it a good grade. The only reason it's not an F is because water is better than anything else to hydrate the body.
You've probably noticed a lot of advertisements for Melt Organic Spread lately. I had seen a myriad of advertisements, so when I noticed they were following FreshGreenKim on Twitter, I sent a note to the company, asking to try their product in exchange for writing a review.
The primary ingredient is organic virgin coconut oil. Melt also contains palm fruit oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, and flaxseed oil to bring the appropriate ratio of Omega-6:Omega-3 fats to 2:1, a healthy ratio for human consumption. Certain types of fat are not bad, but in fact necessary, to dispel some fat myths.
In the past year, Our Daily Green's house has started to use more coconut oil in cooking and baking. Coconut oil displaces excessive Omega-6 fats in the diet. Healthy fat sources fuel both pro-inflammatory hormones, which fight stresses to cells, and anti-inflammatory hormones, which regulate the healing process after a threat (injury or infection) is gone.
According to The Conscious Life (a website devoted to information, tips, ideas and opinions on how to achieve total health by taking a holistic approach to living), coconut oil is a healthy choice because:
About 50% of the fats in coconut oil are lauric acids, a type of saturated fatty acid that has antibacterial, antioxidant and antiviral properties. Consumption of lauric acid may increase total cholesterol level with most of the increase being HDL, the ‘good’ cholesterol. The high saturated fat contents of coconut oil also made this aromatic oil very stable and resistant to rancidity Another interesting feature of coconut oil is that it contains high levels (about 66%) of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which do not need bile salts for digestion and are easily absorbed and utilized by the body. That’s why MCTs are used clinically in the treatment of malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes. Melt sent me a sample of both their regular spread and their honey spread. The coconut flavor is not overwhelming and it has the smooth creamy texture of butter. The honey spread is absolutely delicious on bagels and muffins.
We really appreciate their simple ingredient list which utilizes certified organic and 100% non-GMO ingredients, from sustainable sources. The product is also soy free, gluten free, fair trade, and kosher. There are no artificial colorings or flavorings, but instead uses annotto-tumeric for coloring and organic vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt for flavor.
Our Daily Green has blogged ad infinitum about the evils of beverages in plastic bottles, high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients. The other day, in a moment of thirst, I purchased a plastic bottle of diet soda and thought, thank goodness my blog readers cannot see me. I cringed in horror at the health and environmental crimes I was committing, but wanted to quench my thirst. Thank goodness I live by the 80/20 rule and I cashed in on some of my 20. We're not aiming for no impact, just 80% less.
In our desire to reduce, reduce, and reduce, coupled with two teenagers, we've managed fairly well without soda, but it still makes its way into the house from time to time. The evils of HFCS and artificial sweeteners drive the bulk of our decision, but even the wasteful plastic bottles from the seltzer water sat forlornly in our recycle bin. I tried heroically to ignore my gut instinct about why we should avoid plastic. Really, weren't we doing our 80%?
The empty plastic bottles stared at me week after week as we wanted to kick the seltzer habit. But a sense of entitlement crept in. We deserve an effervescent beverage, we miss carbonation! In a quest to see if what alternatives existed, we discovered quite possibly the coolest indulgence a green friend could ever have.
We discovered the amazing SodaStream. Yes, it is that fabulous. Let's start with the requisite disclaimer. I had been eying the SodaStream for a while and decided to contact them directly, asking if they would be interested in a review of their product. They graciously accepted my offer for a review and sent me not JUST a SodaStream but an assortment of their naturally flavored soda flavors, for free. So that is the string attached to this review, but it is as honest and true as the day is long.
elegant, earth-friendly glass carafes We love the SodaStream. The company sent the Crystal model, with two glass carafes, one pressurized can of carbon, five flavors of soda and 4 flavors of unsweetened seltzer flavoring. This product is unbelievable. No waste, lower cost, natural flavorings. No electricity. We took the SodaStream on a camping weekend with 26 folks total and it was a complete hit. The consensus was a resounding level of awe and enjoyment. The flavors were a hit as well as having less trash to haul from our cabin at the end of the trip.
From the SodaStream corporate site: Crystal combines top-notch performance with sleek, earth-friendly design in one elegant package. SodaStream Crystal uses a stylish, cut-glass, dishwasher-safe glass carafe for carbonation, allowing you to prepare your favorite soda, and then serve it immediately to the table with class and ease.
The natural soda flavors we tested are pink grapefruit, lemon lime, black currant pear, apple mango, and orange pineapple. The unsweetened seltzer flavors we received were mint, lemon-lime, orange, and raspberry. Made from all-natural ingredients, new SodaStream Sparkling Naturals make great-tasting "better for you" sodas. Sparkling Naturals contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no artificial sweeteners, and do not contain any preservatives, making them a perfect, sparkling, natural soda alternative for the entire family. Each 750ml bottle of Sparkling Natural concentrate will make 6 liters (approximately 25 8-oz servings) of all-natural soda. Coming in Spring 2011 also are natural cola, root beer and ginger ale flavors.
I am so excited about their natural soda... they are real sugar, real flavor, mixed as you wish, each batch fresh. SodaStream drinks are lower in sugar grams, sodium, and caffeine than all the national brand names of soda. For a complete comparison of sugar, carbs, and calories, click here.
Their diet sodas are sweetened with Splenda, if you need to avoid aspartame. Speaking only for Our Daily Green, we'd rather avoid sugar or sugar substitutes in any form, at least for beverages. We did tinker with proportions of the flavored concentrate and discover that about 1/2 the grapefruit concentrate is still a great flavor. However, by far, the plain soda water, flavored with unsweetened lemon/lime is our personal favorite.
We absolutely love the glass decanters, they are elegant, sustainable, and easy to wash and reuse. Carbon refills and soda concentrates are available at national stores like Macy's, Sears, Sur la Table, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Williams Sonoma or can be mailed in for exchange. Depending on the model of SodaStream, each carbonator makes 60 or 110 liters, equivalent to 170 or 310 aluminum cans. When empty, the carbonator is refilled and reused, ready to make more fizzy and tasty soda whenever you want it.